I love how some conspiracy anti-police folks were saying there was never a woman in his car and the police made all that up.
Stephens County court records now indicate the woman riding with Ayers the day he was shot was Kala Jones Barrett, whose home is listed as a Relax Inn in Toccoa. Warrants say she was wanted for coke peddling. Her father, Joseph Jones, has also confirmed his daughter was in the car that day. But she says Ayers was only giving her a ride and providing ministerial advice.That's from the Village Voice and their True Crime Report.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports:
Ayers was able to drive away from the Shell station but crashed into a utility pole a short distance away. It was there that Ayers, according to Carpenter, asked paramedics “Who shot me?”Gulp. What if that's the truth?
The store owner, Joe Joseph, said he didn’t know the agents were law enforcement officers and it looked like they were firing at each other.
The agents were assigned to a task force that investigates drug cases in Stephens, Habersham and Rabun Counties. Ayers caught their attention because he was with a woman who twice sold drugs to the officers, said Bankhead.
“What they saw was indicative of drug transaction,” Bankhead said. “They didn’t know the guy. They followed him to the convenience store and tried to arrest him.”
The woman’s name has not been released because she is still being questioned about the shooting. She is being held in the Stephens County Jail on drug charges.
Carpenter [Ayer's brother in law] said people often called the Shoal Creek Baptist Church for help.
“She was asking for cash and he brought her some cash to help her out,” Carpenter said. “Jonathan sought to do exactly what God wanted him to do.”
Steve Huff on a CBS-news blog says: "According to investigators who spoke to the TV station, no drugs were found on Ayers’ person or in his vehicle."
The cop in me is always suspicious. I first assumed Ayers had bought drugs or was getting a little something on side. That doesn't necessarily defend the shooting, but still, it matters.
But one thing I tried to do as a cop was always keep open the slight possibility that somebody was actually, God forbid, telling the complete truth. Granted I can't remember a single case where that actually happened. But I always liked to keep that possibility open. Maybe that meant I bought into a lie for an extra five minutes. I like to think it made me a better cop.
Now I'm starting to think Ayers was 100% innocent. He let the woman out of his car. If he had bought drugs, we would have had some on him. Maybe this really was an honest man of God trying to help somebody.
Why's it so hard to imagine that guys jumping out a car with guns drawn scared the bejesus out of him? Why's it so hard to imagine that plainclothes cops don't look like cops?
Why isn't this bigger news?
I guess there's no Al Sharpton for white people.