Valdosta Daily Times

September 5, 2013

Department of Justice issues statement on Kendrick Johnson case

U.S. Department of Justice

VALDOSTA — The U.S. Department of Justice released this statement this afternoon regarding requests for a DOJ investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson:

“The Criminal Section is aware of Mr. Johnson’s death, and of the concerns expressed by his family and other members of the Lowndes County community.  We obtained the state investigative file from United States Attorney Michael Moore, of the Middle District of Georgia, who referred the matter to the Civil Rights Division for review.  We reviewed the investigative file and carefully considered whether the allegations involve a prosecutable violation of federal criminal civil rights statutes.  Although we do not see sufficient indication of a civil rights violation to authorize a civil rights investigation, we have discussed this matter with U.S. Attorney Moore, and his office is continuing to monitor and evaluate this matter including the second autopsy report.”