Tuesday, February 21, 2012

NC Teen shot by Police

Law enforcement officers shot a deaf teen multiple times early this morning near Asheville. Buncombe County sheriff’s deputies say they stopped the 17-year-old for a traffic violation, but later saw him speeding in his pickup truck. During the ensuing chase, they say he backed into a patrol car. The boy's mother says he was scared and confused and tried to put the truck in park when the officers pulled him over the second time. The unnamed teen did not have a weapon and is now hospitalized with multiple injuries. His mother says he was hit five times. An investigation is underway by the FBI. The office who did the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome. Below is a video of part of the Sheriff's news conference about the shooting.
 

6 comments:

Lucky Clover said...

this policeman DISGUST ME. thinking they have the power to SHOOT a deaf student 5 or more times just because he accidentally backed up to the car......THAT RIDICULOUS!!!! ONE SHOT IS ENOUGH. Policeman deserve a big consequences. I bet they wouldn't do that to hearing students.

if i have the power to like Judge, i'll prison this policeman 5-10 years of jail.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you pay attention to the details?
He refused to stop for the police and was involved in a chase. The student put many innocent people in harms way by fleeing the police at high speeds. When he did stop, he put his truck in reverse and struck the police vehicle. If he didn't mean to back his truck into the police car, then why didn't he take his foot off the gas? The wheels on his truck were still spinning which is why the officer felt the need to shoot. It was to protect himself and the public.
Just because he's deaf doesn't mean he is innocent. I'm tired of people attacking police and expecting them to do the impossible without protecting themselves. It looks very much like the student did not give the officer much of a choice but to use deadly force.
Being a police officer truly is a thankless job. Your response to this story is a perfect example of this.

bamareb said...

My daughter has been best friend with this young mans sister for years now. this is a good boy that messed up because he was scared and thought that his truck was in park and not reverse. He by mistake backed into the cop car and at no time did he try to run over the cop. It didn't say anything about the fact that the cop emptied his whole clip into him. As always the cops are trying to cover their butts for trying to kill a deaf kid that messed up and did not try to run down a cop when he backed into the cop car. Your tire would be spinning to if a cop had just pumped 4 bullets into your back at close range.

bamareb said...

He is a 17 year old deaf kid that did not hear them behind him. He did not increase in speed when they got behind him and let him up.He was nerves thought that his truck was in park and not in reverse when by mistake he backed into the cop car. He did not try to run over this cop that emptied his whole clip into his back. Oh and I'd be willing to bet that your wheels would be still spinning as a cop pumps 4 bullets into your back at close range. My daughter is a very close friend of both this kind young man and his sister. Yes he was speeding but he did not try to out run them he didn't hear them because he is DEAF. The cops are just trying to cover their butts for shooting a 17 year deaf kid in the back 4 times

Ed said...

Hey Lucky! How do you know for sure that he"accidentally backed up to the car." And I am sure the cop wasn't think, "Well he's deaf so I will shoot him." You like me do not know the whole story! I agree, 5 shots were excessive. I want to see the out of this. But, before you pass judgement like you think the cop did, let's wait for all the facts!

Patrick H said...

The facts are being hidden still. The boy was shot in the back. The officers already knew he was deaf from the previous traffic stop, and he did not increase speed at all, he didn't know they were behind him. Also, the tires were spinning AFTER he was shot when placing the car in reverse and not park. This is outrageous! I hope the officer loses his gun and badge and the county is held responsible for the hospital bills...