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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Rep. Joyce demanding justice, transparency in Casey Goodson investigation

Dec 17, 2020
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U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, OH-3, is calling for justice, accountability, and transparency in the investigation into the death of Casey Goodson Jr., who was shot and killed by a Franklin County deputy.

She said she is calling for a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting.

Beatty recently sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr seeking more information as well as a fair, complete review of the shooting and death of Goodson.

"Unfortunately, although a routine reality when Black in America, Mr. Goodson’s murderer was one of the very individuals who swore to protect and serve him and his family,” Beatty wrote. “Yet, as you are aware, his last steps were taken as he opened his front door to enter the safety of his own home—the place that should have been his sanctuary, as opposed to the scene of his unwarranted execution.” She later added, “I do not want Mr. Goodson’s death to have been in vain, so my review of the investigation will only serve as the beginning of the work I will complete in partnership with my congressional colleagues to make systemic, long-term changes to the operations of police departments nationwide," Beatty said.

Joyce Beatty Letter to AG William Barr by WSYX/WTTE on Scribd

Beatty also took part in a rally in downtown Columbus calling for justice.

Columbus Police and the FBI are conducting independent investigations into Goodson's death.

As of Wednesday, Columbus Police said they have yet to speak with Deputy Jason Meade, who shot Goodson. All police have received as of Wednesday is a statement from Meade's attorney.

This article was published by ABC 6 on December 17, 2020.