Prosecutors say they will not prosecute Tennessee police officers. Deadly shot a 17 year old student Last week, during a fierce conflict in the high school bathroom.
General Charm Allen, a lawyer in the Knox County district, said the April 12 shooting that killed Anthony J. Thompson Jr. at Austin East Magnet High School justified Knoxville officers. According to Allen, Knoxville police officer Jonaton Clavau fired for self-defense after believing that Thompson had shot and injured the police officer.
The shooting took only 11 seconds, officials said.
“”This is the case of self-defenseAllen said at a press conference on Wednesday. “In the end, it turns out that the shooting by Officer Clavows was justified.”
Allen I showed the image of the police body camera According to Knoxville News Sentinel, from an incident in which the community is calling for a release. Immediately after Allen’s announcement, demonstrators gathered outside the Knoxville police station.
Relevant officers (Krabau, officer Brian Baldwin, and Lieutenant Stanley Cash) also responded to Wednesday’s decision by telling the district attorney and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Prompt resolution of this tragic incidentWVLT reported.
Everything is cleared and there is no charge.
“We believe in the importance of public trust and accountability,” police officers said in a statement through their law firm. “We look forward to returning to work and continuing to serve the city of Knoxville again.”
Body camera video shows a police officer approaching Thompson trapped in a bathroom stall. Allen said Wednesday that Thompson’s girlfriend’s mother had filed a complaint of domestic violence with police, accusing her of assaulting her teenage daughter at school.
She said police officers were unaware that Thompson had a gun.
In the video, Knoxville executives and school resource officer Adam Wilson are entering the bathroom and trying to drive teens out of the stalls. One of the police officers repeatedly told Thompson, who was wearing a hoodie, to get his hands out of his pocket.
According to Allen, the skirmish continued after Clavers said he had found the barrel of a gun peeking from Thompson’s Parker towards Lieutenant Cash. After a while, a shot sounds from Thompson’s gun. According to Allen, Officer Clavows fired two bullets, one of which hit Thompson’s chest.
Police initially reported that a Thompson bullet attacked SRO Wilson, injuring his leg. In fact, Wilson was hit by a second bullet fired by Clavers, investigators later said.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Allen presented forensic evidence that a bullet from Thompson’s gun was fired from his front pocket.
Still, she said it was ” [Clabough] I believe it was justified to return the fire because Thompson seriously injured Wilson. “
However, relatives told WBIR that the teenage family disagreed and asked Allen to postpone the release of the body camera video until Thompson’s burial service ended Thursday.
“In honor of my nephew, I asked Allen not to release him until he was buried tomorrow,” Thompson’s aunt Angela Elder told the news station. “We wanted everyone to see how they treat our boys. Our young black men in this community.
“It hurt us in the holes in our hearts,” the elder added.