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Nick Thomas family: We've been betrayed by the justice system
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SMYRNA, Ga. -- The family of a man killed by a Smyrna police officer said, Friday, they were betrayed by the justice system.

Nick Thomas's family spoke for the first time since a grand jury said the shooting was justified.

Thomas's brother said the Cobb County district attorney was a coward.

The family said they were left out of the entire process and never shown any evidence. They were also never able to testify in front of the grand jury.

And they're not done fighting in this battle, they said.

A video showed what the Cobb County district attorney said proves the shooting of Thomas was justified.

But Thomas's mother said the first time she saw the video was on television.

"How disrespectful; how unlawful; how painful," Felicia Thomas said.

Thomas said the video doesn't show what District Attorney Vic Reynolds said it does.

"He was not trying to hit anyone," she said. "He was trying to avoid the police officer."

The family argued they were never able to make that argument to the district attorney.

The two sides never met and Reynolds wouldn't call the family to testify before the grand jury – something their lawyer said was unprecedented.

"Rather than having a private meeting with the family, he holds a private meeting with the media," Mawuli Davis said.

Reynolds chose not to bring the family - or the officer in question for that matter – in front of the grand jury because he said doing so could bring in emotion.

Tristan Thomas said he made a promise to his brother that he would keep fighting.

That's exactly what the family plans to do.

"This family, we're made of armor," Thomas's mother said. "We've got the whole armor of God behind us. Nothing is gonna take us down. God has the last word, not Vic Reynolds."

The Thomas family does plan to sue.


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