Pubdate: Sun, 30 Oct 2016
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)
Copyright: 2016 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Author: Gracie Bonds Staples


I keep trying to imagine how frightened Kathryn Johnston, 92, must
have been that night police stormed her Elm Street home. Here's what
we know about the last minutes of her life.

Sometime around 7 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2006, three Atlanta police
officers, dressed in plainclothes and wearing bulletproof vests,
forced Johnston's front door open.

Johnson fired on the officers but missed. They returned 39 shots,
hitting her five or six times. Prosecutors would later say that one of
them, Officer Jason R. Smith, handcuffed the elderly woman as she was

That ought to tell you something about Smith and his partners, Gregg
Junnier and Arthur Tesler, but it gets even worse.

We would later learn the trio lied that an informant had purchased
drugs at Johnston's home, lied about finding marijuana on the
premises, lied about the whole thing.
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