Johnny Lorenzo Bolton, 49, was shot and killed by police in Atlanta, Georgia.
In December 2020 police broke into Bolton’s home serving “no-knock” warrant. SWAT team executed a narcotics search warrant. Details of the shooting were not released, however, Bolton’s family and their lawyers wanted to try to get information about the shooting from law enforcement before drawing attention to his murder.
Failing to receive proper information, attorneys sent a draft lawsuit to county officials in mid-April 2021, along with a letter threatening legal action unless county officials provide more information and consider liability and compensation for Bolton’s death.
However, more than two months later, in June 2021, the man’s family said they were still waiting for official information from city officials that would shed light on the circumstances of Bolton’s death. In October 2021, the jury recommended that charges be brought against the officer who shot Bolton.
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“The limited information available to the family now does not make this look like a justified shooting,” said the letter accompanying the draft lawsuit.
“I want my brother’s name to ring beside Breonna Taylor’s. When they say Breonna Taylor, I want them to say Breonna Taylor and Johnny Lorenzo Bolton. I want them to be simultaneous,” Bolton’s sister Daphne Bolton said.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.