Baptist preacher Jonathan Ayers had just got money from an ATM at a Toccoa, Georgia convenience store back in 2009 and gotten into his car when an SUV pulled up and men with guns drawn jumped out. Ayers tried to to pull away, but the men start firing at his car, killing him. The men, it turns out, were police officers, part of a multi-jurisdictional drug task force. They weren't wearing uniforms. Their vehicle wasn't marked. And Ayers only "crime" was visiting a woman they were keeping under surveillance. A federal jury has just awarded his widow $2.3 million in a civil rights suit.
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