Target: Eaton County’s Prosecuting Attorney Douglas R. Lloyd
Goal: Reconsider the case against Sergeant Jonathan Frost and his role in the death of Deven Guilford.
Seventeen-year-old Deven Guilford was tasered and shot seven times during a five-minute-long traffic stop after an officer accused him of flashing his car’s headlight brights at the officer while driving, according to reports. The teen was apparently resistant in the eyes of the law, requesting proof that the man was an authentic police officer and asking for what crimes he was being detained. The officer allegedly ordered the boy face-down onto the cold, snowy ground and tasered him, to which the boy reacted violently, and was shot to death by arriving backup officers.
In the end of the video, Sergeant Frost’s taser apparently malfunctions when he tries to fire it off and instead of incapacitating Deven, it only gives him extreme pain that he lashes out against. A few seconds after his physical conflict with Frost began, backup officers arrived on the scene and shot him to death on sight.
Eaton’s prosecuting attorney found Sergeant Frost innocent of all charges under the argument of self defense. Frost took far too much force for a traffic stop involving a charge that isn’t a crime. Tell the attorney to reevaluate Frost’s innocence and charge him for the injustice he committed that lead to Deven Guilford’s death.
Dear Mr. Lloyd,
As you know, an escalated conflict occurred during a traffic stop between Sergeant Jonathan Frost and 17-year-old Deven Guilford which ended in the teen being tasered and shot seven times by backup officers. Deven died almost immediately on scene, and analysis of the body camera footage of the interaction seems to show little to no fault for the conflict on Deven’s part. The boy’s only retrospective mistake was appropriately denying the officer access to his license until he displayed proof that he was an authentic police officer.
Sergeant Frost pulled the teen over for flashing his high beams at an officer, who had done so because Frost’s headlights were allegedly improperly bright and positioned. According to reports, Guilford was the third person to flash their lights in an attempt to alert Frost of his high beams, and was the third person that Frost pulled over for the violation.
Frost appears to have committed several other questionable acts during the interaction, and was by no means free of fault in the death of Deven Guilford. Please reevaluate Sergeant Frost’s role in this incident and make sure that justice is brought to the family of this slain teen.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Cindy Hahn