Jarvis Lykes Journey & Petition:

Jarvis "Scottie" Lykes, a 35-year-old African American man, was fatally shot by Georgia State Trooper Michael Nolen, a 23-year-old white male who had been on the force for three years, on the night of December 29, 2017, in Columbus, Georgia, while en route to work. The incident occurred without the presence of body cameras or dash cam footage to provide clarity on the events of that night. Despite the absence of expert or witness testimony, the case was presented to a grand jury by the District Attorney, who had served three terms in office. The grand jury, comprised of individuals including the officer involved, a GBI agent, and the DA's investigator, all of whom were white, concluded that there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges against the officer, resulting in no indictment. Jarvis Lykes leaves behind a family who has endured profound mental and emotional anguish following his tragic and preventable death due to police violence. As a father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, his loss has deeply impacted his loved ones, including his three minor daughters and one minor son, drastically affecting their quality of life. The family demands the reopening of Jarvis's case under the supervision of the new District Attorney, expressing dissatisfaction with the representation provided by the former DA. They seek relief, closure, and above all, justice for Jarvis.

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