ATLANTA – (WAOK/AJC) – The mother of a Union City teenager, who was shot and killed late last year by a police officer says she’s hopeful, that she’ll get federal justice in his death. 19 year old Ariston Waiters was shot twice in the back in December, after police responded to a fight outside a Union City home. Officer Luther Lewis says he shot Waiters, when the teen tried to grab his gun. Last week a Fulton county grand jury declined to bring charges against Lewis. The Waiters family, along with their attorney, Mawali Davis, State Senator Vincent Fort, and other community leaders have stood by the family since the shooting and are demanding that the U-S Attorney’s office in Atlanta get involved and conduct it’s own investigation of the shooting. A group of supporters, along with Freda Waiters hand delivered a letter to U-S Attorney Sally Yates, who took the time to meet with them and discuss the importance of justice the case.
Dec. 16, 2011- Union City : The mother of Ariston Waiters, Freda Waiters (left) fights back tears holding a poster of her son as lawyer, Mawuli Mel Davis (center) and Ariston's godmother, Monique VanDross wipes away a tear Friday, Dec 16, 2011 in front of Union City's City Hall. Former Atlanta City Council member Derrick Boazman along with lawyer Mawuli Mel Davis and Georgia Senator, Vincent Fort, with family members of a suspect that was fatally wounded during an officer-involved shooting in Union City on Wednesday night came to City Hal in Union City wanting to meet with the Mayor. The 19-year-old man, identified by family members as Ariston Waiters, was killed following an apparent chase. The GBI is investigating at the request of the Union City Police Department, GBI spokesman John Bankhead told the AJC. Police responded to a call of a fight in progress on Hickory Lane before 7 p.m. and encountered a crowd of people, Channel 2 said. Some of the people ran, and an officer chased one of the suspects. Waiters was shot during a fight with the officer, the report said. But witnesses gave a different story. Xavier Tynes told Channel 2 there was no fight between Waiters and an officer. "He ran because he has a warrant" [for his arrest], Tynes said. Waiters was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died, Channel 2 said. John Spink, firstname.lastname@example.orgJohn Spink, email@example.com