Law firm, civil rights group to look into police shooting

A law firm and a Muslim civil rights group say they plan to conduct a civil rights investigation after police fatally shot a Georgia woman. / Photo: MGN Online

A law firm and a Muslim civil rights group say they plan to conduct a civil rights investigation after police fatally shot a Georgia woman.

The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Awad Law Firm said in a news release Sunday that they had agreed to represent the family of 36-year-old Shukri Ali Said, who died Saturday. They say Said was mentally ill.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said preliminary information indicates police in Johns Creek, an Atlanta suburb, responded around 7:13 a.m. Saturday to a report of a woman threatening a family member with a knife.

When officers found Said near an intersection, she didn't respond to their commands to drop a knife she was holding, the GBI said. Officers used a stun gun and non-lethal projectile, but Said still didn't drop the knife and two officers fired their guns, hitting her, the GBI said.

The GBI is investigating the shooting and will turn over the results of its investigation to the Fulton County district attorney for review.

CAIR-Georgia and the Awad Law Firm said they will help Said's family figure out how and why the shooting happened and whether her civil rights were violated.

"Shukri Said was and is loved by her family members, who called 911 out of love for her, not fear of her," CAIR-Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said in a news release. "We do not yet know all of the facts related to this incident. What we do know for sure is that mental illness should never be a death sentence."

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