Here’s another story of fearing-for-their-safety “heroes” blowing away a college kid armed with a utility tool, who took a few staggering steps in their direction – sufficient provocation to summarily execute him in cold blood:
Georgia Tech Police officers responded to 911 call at 11:17 p.m. Saturday reporting a suspicious person on the Atlanta campus. The caller said the person – described as a white male with long blond hair, white T-shirt and blue jeans who was possibly intoxicated – was holding a knife and possibly a gun on his hip.
The GBI “heroes” encountered Scout Schultz, 21, outside a dorm. The student was barefoot and “disoriented” in the middle of a “mental breakdown,” family attorney L. Chris Stewart said.
The lawyer – who has represented the families of other victims of police-involved shootings – accused the “hero” who opened fire of overreacting to the circumstances.
Cellphone video shows the “heroes” repeatedly yelling at Schultz to put down the knife and not to move. In the video, after Schultz takes a few steps forward, a “hero” opens fire.
As allegations of excessive force mounted, Stewart accused Georgia Tech of forcing the narrative that Schultz was a “knife-wielding” threat despite evidence suggesting otherwise.
But the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said evidence showed that Schultz was the caller. Three suicide notes were found in the student’s dorm room; no gun was found at the scene and the only knife found was one inside a multipurpose tool, the GBI said.
Georgia Tech declined to comment, citing the pending investigation.
The shooting raised questions about why Tech’s campus police do not carry stun guns, Stewart said.
The GBI is leading the investigation. The agency said that when officers arrived, they found Schultz outside a dormitory with a knife.
But Stewart said Schultz was carrying an unsheathed multipurpose tool, not quite a knife, and accused Georgia Tech of playing up Schultz as a “knife-wielding” threat to justify their actions.
Schultz was shot “walking slowly, not running, at the officers, not threatening them with a knife… but with a multipurpose tool that probably everybody has in their car,” Stewart said. “That’s the truth. We don’t understand why Georgia Tech won’t admit that.”
William Schultz has one theory: “It’s obvious they’re trying to protect their own image,” he said.
“Why did you have to shoot? That’s the question. That’s the only question that matters now,” he said. “Whatever happened shouldn’t have ended in a death.”