ATLANTA - The family of a 17-year-old shot and killed on New Year’s Eve is demanding his killer be arrested.
Canard Arnold’s family said what happened to him is similar to the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
Atlanta police investigated the case and prosecutors said the shooting appears to be justified, but the family is now demanding answers from police and asking for a new investigation.
Police said the shooting on Myrtle Drive on Dec. 31 happened after the apartment security guard heard gunshots, then saw Arnold running.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Arnold’s family voiced their outrage.
The family said this case is similar to the Martin case because a black teen was shot in the back by someonewho they call an overzealous white security guard.
The family said the security guard is getting away with murder, and they want him arrested.
“I just want justice for my son. He was shot in the back and they just swept it right under the rug, like nothing happened,” Bernard Arnold said.
Investigators said Canard Arnold had been exchanging gunfire with another man just before he was shot by the security guard. Police said he had a gun on him, but it was not visible.
The security guard was not arrested or charged.
The family said it plans to sue the DeLane Court apartments where the shooting happened.