Cobb family asking Department of Justice to open criminal investigation into death of teen

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — The family of Vincent Truitt is requesting the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into his death.

A Cobb County police officer shot and killed Truitt last summer.

Truitt’s family gathered for a rally in Marietta Saturday.

“It’s been almost a year since I’ve lived without my son, and it seems like just yesterday,” said Truitt’s mother.

Last summer, a Cobb County police officer shot the 17-year-old twice in the back. He was running from a stolen car following a chase down Riverside Parkway.

Truitt died.

In a statement, Cobb County police said Truitt was armed with a gun as he got out of the car, following the chase.

The Truitt family disputes that claim.

Family attorney Gerald Griggs urged the district attorney’s office to bring murder charges against the officer who shot Vincent Truitt.

Now both Griggs and the Truitt family want the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into the case.


“We’ve reached out to the attorney general of the United States, and we’ve also reached out to the U.S. attorney in the northern district. We’re hopeful to get a meeting so we can have a conversation about what happened to Vincent,” said Griggs.

This latest push comes just one day after a Minneapolis judge sentenced a former police officer, Derek Chauvin, to more than 20 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd.

Activists hope the Floyd case will shine a light on more local cases that don’t get as much attention.

“We want to remind the community that we are still in this fight,” said Griggs.