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Columbus leaders call for answers in unsolved cases

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus community leaders held a press conference to announce their first steps of action since returning from the Millions More Movement, announcing that delayed justice will be an area of focus.
 
Two cases of delayed justice were discussed during Tuesday’s presser including the 2014 officer involved shooting that took the life of Zikarious Flint
and the 2002 disappearance of Christopher Thompkins.
 
“I ask that this community not be divided by their beliefs but we unite in human compassion and respect for life," Shamanique Flint said. 

Flint lost her son a year and a half ago and is patiently waiting for a grand jury to decide if her son’s case is a civil or a criminal matter.
 
According to Katonga Wright, the attorney for the Flint Family, GBI completed their investigation Aug. 2014 and gave its file to the District Attorney. Her
next step is to determine if the case is civil or criminal but Wright says the DA requested a grand jury to make that decision.
 
Wright says the statute of limitation for the family to file a civil suit is two years, so if the grand jury doesn’t make a decision by March, the family
would be out of time.
 
 “Justice delayed is justice denied,” but community leader Antonio Carter says there has been some progress with the Flint case.
 
“Our meetings with the DA have been very productive and we thank her for recognizing the seriousness of the matter and not wanting to stall the family
any longer,” said Carter, Supreme General of the National Joshua Generation.
 
Carter says there are other similar cases in Columbus that exemplify justice delayed.
 
“This lady has not seen her son in 13 years,” Carter says. Christopher Thompkins disappeared in 2002 at the age of 20 while working in the woods with three colleagues in Harris County.
 
Carter says early on in the investigation police said Thompkins left willingly, despite evidence that clearly indicated he had been taken against his will.
 
“We found his first boot later they brought us the other boot, but they still told us they believed Chris just walked away,” said Carter.
 
Organizers reminded the community Tuesday how hard it can be to remember a case like Thompkins because it happened 13 years ago but said in order to hold officials accountable we must not forget.
 
“If you have been elected by the voters in Muscogee County you have a responsibility to answer the calls of your citizens and to do so in a timely matter,” said Carter.

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