JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - The family of a young woman shot and killed by Jackson police in January say they have been investigating the incident on their own.
Four months after Jackson police shot and killed 23-year-old Crystalline Barnes who they say was trying to run over them, the name of one of the officers allegedly involved has been released and the family's attorneys are airing their concerns about the officer-involved shooting.
"Crystalline's two kids had to spend Mother's Day without their mother," said family attorney Jason Downs. "Today, nearly four months after she was shot in the back of the head, the Jackson Government has not updated the family nor updated the public as to the results of the alleged investigation."
Back in January, an officer pulled Barnes over on Fernwood Drive before calling for backup. When the second officer pulled up, police say Barnes threw her car in reverse, speeding toward him. That officer fired shots at the moving vehicle.
According to the Jackson Police Department, Barnes then drove forward toward officer the first officer, who also fired shots at car.
Barnes crashed into a utility pole and died on the scene.
Attorney Downs disputes the claims made by JPD. He says one of the officers involved in the shooting had a very questionable account of what happened.
"When you look at the reports conducted prior to our investigation, the claims are that Officer Rakasa Adams is saying Crystalline was driving her vehicle toward her, so she had to fire," he said. "There were no bullet holes through the front of Crystalline's vehicle. In other words, the ballistic evidence undercuts and contradicts Officer Adams' story."
Attorney Downs claims Jackson police Officer Rakasha Adams shot Barnes, and he says she has admitted to anger issues in the past.
"We have an officer that admits to being easily angered walking the streets of Jackson armed with a gun and a badge, and we believe these factors played a role in Officer Adams' unjustified decision to shoot at Crystalline," he said.
It was confirmed in March that this incident was Officer Adams second deadly shooting in Jackson within a three month period, but police chose not to release her name.
Jackson police say a criminal and internal investigation was conducted. The results were turned over to the Hinds County's District Attorney's Office to present to a grand jury. According to police, the two officers are still on paid administrative leave pending the grand jury's decision.