It just keeps going on and on. In Georgia, yet another unarmed Black man was killed by police in a situation that seemed avoidable.
Police from the Cobb County and Smyrna departments went to serve Nick Thomas a warrant for a probation violation. They claim that when Thomas saw them, he attempted to flee in his Maserati and they fired on him out of fear for their own lives. Sgt. Ed Cason with the Smyrna Police Department said, “When you go to serve a suspect who knows that he is wanted, he is unpredictable and we have to react based on his actions. That’s what we did today.”
Thomas’s parents, who were on the scene of the shooting, identified him and say that the police killed him unnecessarily. “He was a lovable guy,” said mother Felicia Thomas. “He was just a lovable guy. He would do anything for everybody. He was just loved cars. He loved his family. He just had a baby. His baby is not even 5 months old.”
Huey Thomas, father of Nick Thomas, said, “I guess now, I just want to understand what happened, because I hear so often and here it is now. I’m a professional, my wife is a professional and we have a kid that’s dead.”
The account of Brittany Eustache, a customer in the Goodyear at the time, supports claims that the police were excessive. “The car was not moving when they began to shoot at him. The car had been stopped. He hit a curb. He couldn’t go any further,” she said. When asked if Thomas made any aggressive moves, Eustache replied,“None, none at all. They immediately opened fire on [him].”
Thomas was working at the store to pay off fines associated with a traffic warrant, according to his parents. Investigators are trying to figure how many of the six responding officers fired at Nick Thomas.