Demand Justice for Police Killing of 18-Year-Old Gilbert Thomas Collar

Target: Police Department At The University Of Southern Alabama

Goal: Punish the officer responsible for killing 18-year-old University of Southern Alabama freshman Gilbert Thomas Collar and ensure that such a tragedy is never repeated.

It came as an upsetting surprise to the friends and family members of college freshman Gilbert Thomas Collar to hear the 18-year old had been shot by an on-campus police officer. One high school peer described Gilbert as “a great loving guy who always made people smile.” Of course, the campus police officer who shot and killed a naked Gilbert for acting erratically claims to have witnessed a different young man. Regardless, many people are left questioning: since when was shooting a person for verbally challenging an officer in a “fighter’s stance” a legitimate cause for death?

In a statement released by the University of Southern Alabama, the officer who shot Gilbert recalled a naked and muscular man who refused his commands to stop yelling and verbally threatening him. The officer, who has since been on paid leave, determined that shooting Gilbert once in the chest ending his life was an alternative to end the verbal argument. Since he was naked, Gilbert could have not been posing a dangerous threat to the officer’s life. There could have been no weapons on his person for him to use. The officer should receive no pay and be reprimanded under law for killing a student.

One of Collar’s oldest friends said, “Gil was a very ‘chill’ guy, mellow and easy going. That’s why I don’t understand the story that he attacked the cop. He could always have a conversation with anyone. As many times as I’ve hung out with Gil, I’ve never seen aggression in him, especially not towards a cop.”

This horrific shooting should have never taken place at the University of Southern Alabama and justice must be served for the victim’s family and friends. It is not acceptable to shoot an erratically acting naked college student dead with no evidence of a present deadly weapon. The on-campus police department at the university must now take responsibility for this unjustified death and ensure that all measures are being taken to protect students.


Dear Campus Police Of The University of Southern Alabama,

We are outraged at the killing of freshman Gilbert Thomas Collar by an on-campus police officer who shot him dead. It is not acceptable to shoot a naked college student dead for verbally threatening an officer and acting erratically. His friends and family are shocked to hear that he was behaving in such a manner that contradicts the observations of the police officer who killed him. Regardless, the shooting should have never occurred and the police officer should be punished accordingly under law.

The recent threats of police brutality and gun violence continue to harm communities around the world. This shooting at your school of an 18-year-old freshman is an example of these horrifying hindrances to the peace and pursuit of happiness that all people deserve. I urge you to take disciplinary action against the officer to ensure that a tragedy such as this will not happen again.


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  1. Demand transparency in this police killing of Gilbert Collar! This is unacceptable and avoidable!!

  2. ALLEN GEIGER says:


  3. Charlotte Stubbs says:

    If he was naked he had no weapons and even I a 60 year old retired veteran would be able to handle such a person without resorting to lethal force. this campus police officer obviously needs more training. I have never had to use lethal force when dealing with violent people. One has to ask exactly what training these “police” get? This officer needs to take responsibility for his actions and the campus must better train there officers. There are many methods of dealing with a violent offender other then killing them. I have dealt with people on crack and NEVER had to kill anyone. Of course I was trained in a multitude of ways to deal with even the most violent offender. Had he (the student) a gun, I would probably not judge this officer so harshly. But anyone with the right training can deal with even a large violent naked person.

  4. Agreed Charlotte. If the student had a gun or an obvious life threatening weapon, I would have not written the petition. I just do not think it is acceptable to shoot a naked student in the chest who was in a ‘fighter’s stance’ and verbally threatening the officer. With all the issues you hear about resulting to lethal force we have to question. It is our job as civilians.

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