The investigation into the fatal police shooting of Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz on Sept. 16, 2017, is now more than a year long, which makes it longer than the original investigation of the Kennedy Assassination.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office is still investigating the shooting, which was filmed on security cameras, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Georgia Tech police officer Tyler Beck, who was 23 years old at the time, killed the 21-year-old who was holding a multi-tool.
Beck was placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation, but then was placed on administrative capacity in December 2017.
Bill Schultz, the father of Scout, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
That doesn’t sound like a punishment. It sounds like a reward.
Scout reportedly called 911 to report “a suspicious person on campus” …. “a white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and blue jeans who is possibly intoxicated, holding a knife and possibly armed with a gun on his hip.”
Four police officers confronted Scout, who was armed only with a multi-tool that included a small blade, which was not extended; Scout did not have a gun.
When police angrily ordered Scout to drop the multi-tool, Scout shouted “Shoot me!”
Scout also ignored officers’ angry demands to stand in place, and moved slowly toward the officers.
Beck stood his ground and fired a single bullet into Schultz’s chest, killing him.
Beck and the other three officers did not have with Tasers. Beck had not completed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.
Georgia Tech now requires all officers to have Tasers. Most have received CIT training, which is not required.
(Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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