Justice for Unarmed Teen Allegedly Killed by Police

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Target: Bill Nettles, South Carolina District Attorney

Goal: Push for a severe punishment for the officer who allegedly unjustly murdered Zachary Hammond over a minor drug violation.

Zachary Hammond, a 19-year-old from South Carolina, was allegedly fatally shot by a police officer after going to a fast food restaurant parking lot with a friend to purchase marijuana. Why he needed to be shot over a minor drug violation is still unknown.

Hammond was allegedly driving a girl who was supposed to purchase marijuana from someone but didn’t know that someone was an undercover officer. Another officer was called in for backup, who police say feared for his life because Hammond drove the car at the officer. The officer reportedly fired in self defense, although the lawyer for the Hammond family claims he was shot in the back. The autopsy report has not yet been released.

It’s become obvious yet again that another officer proved he or she was not equipped for the line of duty. Two people buying marijuana in a parking lot should not have escalated to a murder, and this police officer needs to face the consequences if found guilty.

Urge officials to advocate for a severe punishment for the officer who allegedly unjustly murdered Zachary Hammond over a minor drug violation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Bill Nettles,

Zachary Hammond, a 19 year old from your home state, was allegedly fatally shot by a police officer after going to a fast food restaurant parking lot with a friend to purchase marijuana. The evidence doesn’t seem to add up that this minor offense needed to end in murder.

It’s become obvious yet again that another officer proved he or she was not equipped for the line of duty. I urge you to push for a severe punishment for the officer who allegedly unjustly murdered Zachary Hammond over a minor drug violation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Hammond Family

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6 Comments

  1. Sheila Blackwell says:

    This is why Cops are getting a bad reputation. It only takes one idiot cop to set a horrific example for the rest of their department and other officers.

  2. Stan Benton says:

    Gee guys, if we get justice for every unarmed teenager killed by cops, we’ll be putting a huge strain on police departments having to hire new officers. (But maybe they would at least train them better, and work to weed out the sickos.) But yes, these bad apples put a huge stigma on police in general, and I’d hope to be able to assume that 99% of them are decent people actually trying to do their jobs and protect the public.

  3. The wording in this petition looks like it was cobbled together by a 6th grader. I will not sign something that looks like a asshole wrote it. I can’t tell what actually happened by the petition’s crap summary.

  4. Ian McDougall says:

    Talk about vague,we dont know any details yet.Dont forget that thug Brown in Ferguson was supposedly shot in the back which turned out to be false.I reserve judgement until we know all the facts.!

  5. Too few facts. Let’s wait until some are actually known before we get a rope. Too many “teenagers” acting stupid. Being shot for a minor drug violation is one thing, driving a car (deadly weapon) at someone is way more serious.

  6. There needs to be some transparency in this case. If the shooting was indeed justified, then his family and their legal team are entitled to review the evidence.
    If it wasn’t justified, then the officer needs to be held accountable for their actions.
    The public should not only care about the African American suspects shot by police. Outrage should be rooted in the facts of each case, not the victim’s race.

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