Target: Vincent Rodriguez, Chief of Staff at University of the Incarnate Word
Goal: Give full and immediate attention to the investigation of the killing of Robert Cameron Redus
Recently, 23-year-old communications arts major and honor student Robert Cameron Redus was driving around at two in the morning in San Antonio near his campus, University of the Incarnate Word. Corporal Christopher Carter, a campus police officer who was on duty that night, saw him driving “erratically at a high rate of speed,” according to the official report, so Carter turned on his patrol emergency lights in an attempt to pull Redus over. Additionally, he called the UIW police office, asking them to alert the Alamo Heights Police Department to his need for assistance. Carter followed Redus into the parking lot of his apartment complex and got out of his SUV; Redus put his hands on his SUV per the officer’s request but began to get agitated when Carter handcuffed him. According to Carter, Redus then took his baton and started beating him with it until Carter managed to grab it back, and then when Redus began to walk away, Carter threatened to shoot him. Apparently, then Redus charged at Carter with his bare hands raised and Carter shot him several times without any further warning, killing him.
Redus’s family and friends cannot fathom this story, because the actions Carter describes are not in keeping with Redus’s character and dedication to his studies. According to My San Antonio, the family penned a statement that expressed their doubt in Carter’s side of events and their conviction that his action will be condemned as excessive. A few witness accounts from earlier articles on the incident point in that direction; one told local news, “I didn’t hear him say anything like, ‘Get down on your hands and knees,’ you know? I didn’t hear him say anything. He just started shooting,” and another recalled, “I heard [a man] say, ‘Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?’ like sarcastic almost.” Because UIW has thus far refused to release its police procedures and policies, the investigation seems as if it could be in danger of covering up a crime instead of solving it. Robert Cameron Redus, his family, and friends deserve to know what really happened.
By signing this petition, you are calling on Chief of Staff Rodriguez to use his influence at UIW to move the investigation along, urging him to keep in mind that the suffering of Redus’s family and friends only increases as the days pass without receiving a clear answer. You are encouraging him to take necessary action with Cpl. Carter and the UIW police in order to ensure that a similar incident never occurs again.
Dear Chief of Staff Rodriguez,
I am frankly disturbed by the recent killing of UIW honor student Robert Cameron Redus at the hands of a campus police officer. I am highly disappointed in the investigation so far for producing nothing tangible for Redus’s family and friends, and I am disappointed in a police department that would train its officers to respond to bare-handed assailants (especially when the “assailant” is one of the students whom they are employed to protect) with absolutely deadly force at close range.
I urge you to make this investigation the top priority at UIW, and to make sure that nothing is covered up in this investigation. I encourage you to keep in mind the student’s family and friends, and their suffering in the wake of this tragic loss, as you work to wrap up the investigation. I call on you to take whatever action is necessary against Corporal Carter or with the UIW police department so as to prevent future such incidents.
[Your Name Here]
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