Family and Friends of Corey Jackson Gather in Remembrance
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It's been one year since an unarmed Geneva man was shot and killed by police. Tuesday evening friends, family and community members marched in remembrance of Corey Jackson.
Dozens of people gathered at the Geneva Public Safety building to rally and march to the location where Jackson was shot.
One city leader says the incident created enough tension to tear this community apart, but instead they hope it helps unite it.
He was a brother, father, and friend.
"We think there's more negativity put towards him than positive," says his brother, Chris Garrett. "But look at the love."
One year has gone by since Corey Jackson was killed and it's still a painful memory for his family.
"They say time heals all wounds, after this year it hasn't gotten any easier," says Maurice Jenkins, Jackson's brother.
Jackson was shot in the back of the head by police during a traffic stop last May. According to city leaders he was a suspect in a recent robbery. The police officer who shot Jackson thought he was reaching under the seat for a weapon, but instead it was a cell phone.
Since the shooting the community has worked on healing.
"One of the things the community had really hoped to see and really the police department as well, was ongoing training focused on community relationships in particular the African-American community," said City Manager Matt Horn.
City Manager Matt Horn says police officers now go through an annual diversity training program. However, some of Jackson's family members say they still aren't satisfied.
"I wish my brother's death didn't bring this along, but maybe this what they call misfit, maybe his life will change this community for the better," says Jenkins.
Corey Jackson would have been 35 years old Tuesday. But instead of celebrating his birthday, these balloons were launched in his memory.
"We miss him and we love you," said his cousin, Selena McKoy.
The officer involved, Sergeant Scott Reale is still on paid administrative leave as a result of the shooting.
He was cleared of any wrong doing.
Horn says he is being given the time he needs until he's ready to return.