Community wants justice for local man who dies in custody of law enforcement

NAACP holds meeting after a local man dies in the custody of Washington County Deputies. Jennifer Munoz (WGXA)

SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Members of the Washington County community spoke up at a special NAACP meeting after a local man died in the custody of law enforcement last week.

Euria Lee Martin died after Washington County deputies shot him with a stun gun in Deep Step. The GBI is now investigating the case.

Jasmine McCain said Martin's case with law enforcement really hit home.

"We sat here saying okay this won't happen in our community, it happened right there in deep step, right in Washington County and now we can't sit back and say hey this is something else happening else where, it actually happened in Washington County Georgia, so what are we going to do as a community now," McCain said.

Sunday afternoon she came out to the NAACP meeting to hopefully get answers on what happened from local law enforcement.

"What I'm hoping is that they understand that the community is frustrated and you are here to serve us," McCain said.

The meeting had several panelist to answer questions about the case and how local law enforcement operates.

Washington County Sheriff Thomas Smith was not at the meeting.

The state president of the NAACP, Francys Johnson, said he should have been there.

"We understand that he may have not been able to answer questions about an investigation that he is not conducting and remember the GBI is conducting this investigation. But he should have been here to answer the concerns of the citizens," Johnson said.

We reached out to the Sheriff but have not heard back.

The biggest question at the meeting was what is the training for law enforcement when it comes to stun guns.

The Sandersville Police Chief, Victor Cuyler, said each officer first has to get shot with a stun gun before he or she is allowed to carry one.

Now NAACP leaders hope the community will remain strong and fight for justice and better policies when t comes to law enforcement.

"Euria Lee Martin's blood cries for justice and this community seems poise to get it," Johnson said.

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