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A Jackson, Ga., police officer was sentenced to 15 years in prison, followed by 23 years on probation, after she was convicted for lying about being shot by a black man.
She even gave TV interviews about the ‘made-up’ incident.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Officer Sherry Hall was convicted on 11 criminal charges, including making false statements, violating her oath and tampering with evidence.
The incident dates back to Sept. 13, 2016, when Hall called in that she was shot by a 6-foot, 230-pound Black man who was wearing a green shirt and black jogging pants. Hall had claimed that the man pulled out a gun and shot her for no reason. A bullet was found in her protective vest.
Her account sparked a manhunt in the days after the shooting, and struck fear and unrest in the heart of the community. One man who resembled Hall’s description was questioned about the shooting, but was ultimately released.
“She did a great job for us, up until that night,” Jackson Police Chief James Morgan said, acknowledging that it is still unclear why Hall decided to make up such a story. “So we didn’t see this coming. But this was not a mistake. It was a conscious decision and a choreographed act.” Continue Reading