Free for Tennessee police officers who fatally shot a black student in a high school bathroom

Knoxville, TN – Police Officer 17-year-old Anthony J. Thompson was deadly shot On April 12, Junior, who had a chaotic showdown in a high school toilet, will not be prosecuted.

General Sharm Allen, a lawyer in the Knox County district, said he would not prosecute police officer Jonaton Krabau, who fired a bullet that killed Thompson. Clavau also shot police officer Adam Wilson in a struggle.

“This is a self-defense case,” Allen said at a two-hour press conference. “In the end, it turns out that the shooting by Officer Clavows was justified.”

Well-known civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump announced on Monday that he represents Thompson’s family...

“Once again, when a black man, in this case a black child, is killed, police immediately shape the story to justify the death,” Crump said in a statement released on Twitter.

A few days after the shooting, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two different explanations of what had happened, including a false allegation that Thompson had shot a police officer.

“The world was told that Anthony shot an officer, and that’s why police shot him deadly,” Crump said.

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Allen showed a video footage of his body camera on Wednesday, raising calls for a video release. Protesters gathered outside the Knoxville police station and high school after Allen announced her decision not to prosecute.

The video shows a short but chaotic conflict between a teen and a Knoxville police officer in the bathroom. After all, Thompson is lying on the floor and Wilson is pulled out of the door.

Anthony Thompson Jr. Memorial on the sidewalk in front of Austin East Magnet High School on Monday, April 19, 2021.

Anthony Thompson Jr. Memorial on the sidewalk in front of Austin East Magnet High School on Monday, April 19, 2021.

Allen said police went into the school toilet to find Thompson after his girlfriend’s mother accused Thompson of beating her daughter at school. Thompson and his best friend were in separate stalls, but it’s not clear if police knew it when they entered the bathroom.

Body camera footage revealed four policemen being caught in the bathroom: Clavau, policeman Brian Baldwin, school resource policeman Adam Wilson and Lieutenant Stanley Cash. They surrounded Thompson, who was carrying a backpack, and began pulling him out of the stall.

According to Allen, Clavers saw a gun in his butt “in the hands of Anthony Thompson” in the front pocket of Thompson’s hoodie.

“He thinks’I’m about to die,'” Allen said of the policeman’s thinking.

Suddenly, Thompson’s gun fired. Baldwin soon left Clavers View. Clavau mistakenly believed that Baldwin had been shot, so he fired and hit Thompson’s chest.

Allen said Clavau fired a second shot because he believed Thompson was about to shoot the cash. She said the shot struck behind Wilson’s thighs. The cash then lay down on the floor, bleeding and climbing onto the dead Thompson.

Allen said that only 11 seconds had passed between the time Clavau first saw the gun and the time he shot Thompson.

Allen said he checked body camera footage and examined the evidence with Thompson’s family to explain why she refused to prosecute a police officer for his death. She did not explain the family’s reaction to reporters, including whether they agreed with her decision.

“I’ve just spent four hours with my (Thompson’s) family,” Allen said. “It was a painfully long and painful four hours for the family. The only thing the family asked me to do was not release the video today.”

She released the video anyway and said she promised to do so last week. Knoxville leaders and supporters have asked her to see what happened to the community.

Officers have been on paid leave since the shooting. Wilson has been in the hospital for several days and is recovering at home, so he is currently on paid vacation. His lawyer, Charles Burkes, Jr., told Knox News Wednesday night that he believed from the beginning that the police would be proven.

Contribution: Angela Dennis

This article was originally published in Knoxville News Sentinel: Anthony J. Thompson Jr. Shooting: Tennessee Police Officers Free