Officer charged after fatally hitting pedestrian with car

AP News
Posted: Oct 03, 2015 12:56 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted an Atlanta police officer who struck and killed a pedestrian with his cruiser.

Multiple media outlets report that officer Christopher Blaise has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide in the death of 62-year-old Bernard Moore on March 6. Moore was hit and killed as he crossed the street. The Fulton County district attorney made the announcement Friday.

A lawyer for Moore's family has demanded the officer be fired and prosecuted after surveillance video showed the patrol car traveling at what appeared to be a high rate of speed without using lights or sirens.

Sgt. Warren Pickard says Blaise has been assigned to administrative desk duty since the incident.

Assistant Police Chief Shawn Jones says it does not appear Blaise was responding to an emergency call.