The Georgia State Police have sparked an independent investigation into their actions after they shot and killed an LGBT student activist who was alleged to be carrying a dangerous weapon.
According to reports, the victim, Scout Schultz was gunned down at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta after a call was made about the menace of “a person with a knife and a gun” late on Saturday.
Video footage of the event that transpired has emerged, showing 21-year old Scout Schultz, refusing to obey several police commands to drop a knife. This willful disobedience led to his death.
The action of the police has drawn the criticism of the victim’s mother Schultz’s mother who claimed police should not have used lethal force.
In the video filmed by fellow students at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Schultz is heard saying “Shoot me!” while continuing to move towards the officers. One of them then decides to open fire, killing the LGBT activist.
Subsequent reports also state that the victim who identified as neither male nor female – did not appear to be holding a gun, despite the initial report by the Atlanta police.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the computer engineering student later died in hospital,
As at press time, the officer who opened fire has not been named.
Schultz’s mother Lynne later said Scout, who was born Scott Schultz, was politically active in progressive causes, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
She stated that Schultz had numerous medical issues, suffered from depression and had attempted suicide two years ago.
She further stated:
“Why didn’t they use some non-lethal force, like pepper spray or Tasers?”
Schultz was the president of the Pride Alliance at Georgia Institute of Technology.
In a statement the group said:
“We are all deeply saddened by what has occurred,”
“They have been the driving force behind Pride Alliance for the past two years,” the group said, using Schultz’s preferred pronoun. “They pushed us to do more events and a larger variety events.”
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