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In January of 2014, a family in North Carolina called police to help to calm down their son who was suffering with schizophrenia and had been acting out...Police responded and  had succeeded in calming the boy down, until another officer, called earlier as a backup, entered their home and by his aggressive attitude, got the boy acting out again, picked up a screw driver and refused to put it down. Police then tazed him, and 2 police held the 90 pound boy to the floor...the new officer then reportedly said, "We don't have time for this..." and shot and killed the boy in his own home in front of his parents, who had been kept away from the boy by police. Here is the initial story...

Within a month the police involved, backed by the police defense organization, issued their own version of the shooting, here...

One officer was indicted, others involved were placed on administrative leave. The police agencies involved all stated the officers had acted to defend themselves , even though they wore vests and the boy's screwdriver was later described as "very small"...

The officer charged in the shooting was placed on unpaid leave and later claimed his wife had been threatened by the boy's mother...

It is proven threats were made, but NOT by anyone connected with the boy's family...Officers who did not actually shoot the boy have now been returned to full duty, and the trial of the actual shooter will begin...

The detective who actually did the shooting of a just 18 year old 90 pound boy, being held by 2 other officers on the floor of his home, "wielding" not a screwdriver, but a hair pick...Byron Vassey...has been indicted and suspended without pay, and has bonded out and evidently is still awaiting trial. I have further information on the outcome of this, despite repeated searches.

BUT - a standard tactic of defense lawyers is delay. I will try to keep an eye on this and I hope that anyone who has further information will post it here..

Originally posted to old mark on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 05:11 AM PDT.

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