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FAMU holds vigil in honor of Jamee Johnson

The 22-year-old was killed by a police officer in Jacksonville
Posted at 7:00 AM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 07:00:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Justice for Jamee Johnson. The Rattler family remembered one of their own on Saturday and are demanding answers.

Family and friends weren't alone at Florida A&M University on Saturday, social activists also took the mic.

Together they honored the student who they say strived for success while also speaking out about police brutality.

"I just want the truth. No matter what. No matter what happened...I want the truth," said James Douglas, Jamee Johnson's Brother.

Jamee's brother James Douglas is one many now living with uncertainty after Johnson's death.

Dozens came out to Florida A&M University to light candles and demand something to be done.

Johnson's sister struggles with her words knowing the person she cared for so much is now gone.

"My brother was a good person. He was loving. He was our baby. He had his whole life ahead of him and they see him as a threat because he was black," said Susie Carmichael.

Jacksonville investigators say officer Josue Garriga fired four shots at Johnson killing him after an altercation.

The body cam footage still has yet to be released.

Marie Rattigan with Dream Defenders a nonprofit activist group fighting against police brutality says they are putting a plan together to make sure people can see that video..

"We will be watching this case very closely," said Marie Rattigan/Dream Defenders Tallahassee Squad Coordinator

Other people in the group say not releasing the footage right away makes it seem suspicious.

"You holding the tapes like that and not actually putting it out there...makes me want to assume or think that you're trying to hide something or more concerned about protecting your police officers," said Trish Brown, Dream Defenders Member.

The Tallahassee Community Action Committee says their work towards this fight is far from over.

"To see his sister and his cousin here just mourning his really let me know that the work we do here is important and we can't just stop and feel good about ourselves...we actually have to fight for justice," said Regina Joseph, President of Tallahassee Community Action Committee

Family members say that life without Johnson will never be the same.

"I just know that he's missed...I love him...and I want him to come back," said Douglas.

Another vigil will happen January 4th since a lot of people are out of town for the holiday.

Dream Defenders says they will continue to fight for him and others with similar stories.