Demand Justice for Unarmed Student Shot Dead by Campus Police Officer

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Target: University of South Alabama Chief of Police Zeke Aull

Goal: Remove officer who shot unarmed student from paid leave and place him on unpaid leave

Recently, an incident at the University of South Alabama resulted in the fatal shooting of a freshman student. The student, Gilbert Collar, was naked and threatened an unnamed campus police officer. The officer shot Collar once in the chest, which led to his death. The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave for this incident, which means he is continuing to be paid after killing a young student.

Collar was not posing a serious threat to the officer. As he was naked, it should have been clear that he was unarmed. The only actions he took, according to a statement from the University, were verbal threats and “[rushing] toward the officer in a threatening manner.” The threat posed by these actions may have warranted some self-defense from the officer, but certainly not the use of deadly force. Collar’s behavior may have been erratic, but a naked 18-year-old boy is certainly not threatening enough to fatally shoot him.

The officer has been placed on paid leave while this incident is being investigated. After killing an unarmed student, he is continuing to receive payment. The officer should have recognized the threat. If he did feel the use of a gun was necessary, he should not have shot Collar in the chest. He could have aimed for a part of Collar’s body that was less likely to result in a fatal wound, but he did not do this. This officer is directly responsible for the death of an 18-year-old boy, and does not deserve to continue to be paid.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Aull:

Recently, a student at the University of South Alabama was shot to death by a campus police officer. The student was naked and clearly unarmed. He was acting erratically and verbally threatening the officer, but his actions were not enough of a threat to warrant a fatal shooting. The officer reacted rashly, and this led to the death of an 18-year-old boy.

I ask you to remove this officer from paid leave and place him on unpaid leave while this incident is investigated. He is responsible for a student’s death, and does not deserve to continue to be paid as a result of his actions. This officer must take responsibility for this student’s death, and taking responsibility would include giving up pay while the incident is investigated.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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