Lilburn, GA — Households and pals gathered this month to commemorate the one 12 months that had handed since their buddy and liked one was gunned down by Georgia Tech campus police officer Tyler Beck. Now, after a 12 months of ready for justice, the household is saying that they’ve waited lengthy sufficient.
The investigation has taken over a 12 months, regardless of dramatic video that was uploaded to Fb displaying the Georgia Tech police officer shoot and kill a fourth-year engineering pupil from Lilburn, Georgia. Scout Schultz, 21, was barefoot and holding a multi-tool in the meanwhile cops opened hearth.
Scout’s father, Invoice Shultz says he has waited lengthy sufficient for the gradual wheels of justice to show in Georgia and so he’s going after the state through a lawsuit. In December after a a number of months-long paid trip, Beck was given a desk job as he awaits the end result of the investigation.
“That doesn’t sound like a punishment. It appears like a reward,” Scout’s father informed The Atlanta Journal-Structure.
Because the AJC reports, the Fulton County District Legal professional’s Workplace continues to research the circumstances that led Tech police officer Tyler Beck, 23 years outdated on the time, to shoot Schultz as soon as within the chest whereas three different officers on the scene appeared to observe customary de-escalation strategies.
Schultz’s household’s legal professional maintains that Scout was experiencing a “psychological breakdown” on the night time of the taking pictures. Certainly, because the video reveals, this was the case.
“What was Scout doing that day?” mentioned the legal professional, L. Chris Stewart. “Standing there disoriented, having a psychological breakdown and was shot from 20 ft away.”
In response to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, police have been responding to a 911 name once they confronted Shultz in entrance of the campus parking storage. It will later be revealed that it was Shultz who made the decision on himself.
Within the dramatic video, police are heard screaming at Schultz who’s yelling again at police, “Shoot me!”
Screaming at an individual with a psychological sickness isn’t solely futile, it solely serves to additional confuse, frighten, and provoke mentioned individual — particularly if that individual is within the midst of a breakdown — like Schultz was.
As one officer appeared to point out bravery and try to de-escalate the state of affairs by calmly participating Schultz, his voice was overpowered by the opposite voices demanding Schultz drop the knife.
“Drop the knife!” yell the officers, which solely appears to additional disturb Schultz.
“What’s your identify!” repeatedly screams one other officer as if that was going to assist the state of affairs.
One other officer yells to drop the knife another time earlier than Schultz takes a small step ahead and is shot. Schultz’s screams have been chilling. Schultz can be taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, however wouldn’t make it.
It will later be revealed that the “knife” Schultz was holding was a multi-tool with a tiny blade that was by no means prolonged.
“That’s one of many greatest issues on this nation is officer’s actions with the mentally in poor health,” Stewart mentioned on the time earlier than being confirmed proper by the police themselves.
After the taking pictures, as AJC reported, it was revealed that Beck, and the opposite officers, weren’t geared up with Tasers. And, like a majority of Tech’s 89 officers, Beck had not accomplished Disaster Intervention Group coaching supplied by the GBI. The instruction is aimed toward serving to police acknowledge indicators of behavioral issues attributable to psychological sickness or substance abuse.
This coaching might’ve been liable for saving Scout’s life.
In response to NBC, William Schultz, Scout’s father, referred to as his son “the best child.” When requested what he would say to the officer who shot Scout, William Schultz mentioned: “Why did it’s a must to shoot? That’s the query. That’s the one query that issues now.”
Invoice Schultz defined that his baby had a three.9 GPA and deliberate to graduate that December. However he would by no means make it.
“Scout needed to make new medical gadgets, and now we’ll by no means know what Scout may need provide you with,” Scout’s mom, Lynne, mentioned. And she or he’s proper, because of an untrained cop who was unable to consider every other answer to this incident aside from lethal power.
This previous spring, Georgia Tech posthumously gave Shultz a level. His dad and mom mentioned they have been grateful for the consideration however famous that they might not specific pleasure—as Scout is lifeless.
Now, this situation will doubtless play out like so many others. The taxpayers shall be held accountable because the cop who took somebody’s life continues to be a cop.