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Ariston Waiters' mother demands firing of Union City police chief

UNION CITY, Ga. -- The mother of a man fatally shot by police is demanding that Union City's police chief be let go.

Now that the investigation into the death of her son, Ariston, has been reopened, Freida Waiters says it's time for someone in the police department to be held accountable.

The autopsy shows Ariston Waiters was shot twice in the back, but Officer Luther Lewis has always maintained it was self defense.

The Fulton County District Attorney and US Department of Justice investigated, but Lewis was never indicted.


Waiters' mother hired a private detective and says several officers from his own department have now stepped forward to raise questions about his story the night of the shooting. The GBI and district attorney's office say they're listening.

"I'm at a loss for words," Freida Waters said. "I'm like numb. I'm happy, I'm sad of course because of the loss of my son, and even though I'm getting justice for what was done to him, I still miss my son and I can't get him back."

Waiters says at least one officer told the chief about his concerns, but that information was never given to the GBI. There were no actual witnesses to the shooting, so the investigation has always centered around whether Lewis' story made sense.

Freida Waiters intends to call for the police chief's termination at a City Council meeting Tuesday night.