by: Tony Thomas Updated:ATLANTA —
A group of Atlanta protesters are comparing a slain teen to the high-profile Trayvon Martin case in Florida. They want Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard to seek charges against a Union City police officer.
"Arrest Lewis now," the group chanted on the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse Friday night.
The crowd is upset that no charges have been filed in the shooting death of 19-year-old Ariston Waiters last December. Police said Waiters tried to take Officer Luther Lewis's gun, the two struggled and then Waiters was shot.
Protesters insist it was a wrongful shooting. According to the medical examiner’s office, Waiters was shot twice in the back.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said the case is being investigated by its Public Integrity Unit.
"Today, they issued four subpoenas for information in this case, and that's good. I'm glad to hear that but what we will be glad to hear is when we have that indictment," said activist Michael Langford at the rally.
A few people in the crowd carried signs with the pictures of Waiters and Martin. Martin’s death caused an outcry across the country. He was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain who said it was self-defense.
"Really, there is no difference. They both were gunned down and both of them are not here, " Waiters’ mother, Freda, said.
As Channel 2 first reported in January, Lewis is a military veteran who has received high marks from supervisors in his annual reviews at the Union City Police Department. He has not been charged with any wrongdoing in connection with the incident.
Still, Waiters’ supporters authorities to dig deeper.
"Mr. Paul Howard, very simple, give us an indictment. Let us have our day in court," said National Action Network Atlanta Chapter founder Marcus Coleman.