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Scout Schultz commits ‘suicide by cop,’ yet Georgia Tech rioters blame police

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A riot erupted at Georgia Tech last night following a vigil for slain student Scout Schultz. A police vehicle was torched as around 50 students marched on the Georgia Tech Police Station. Warnings were issued to residents to stay inside. Two officers sustained minor injuries and three people were arrested and charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer.

This type of scenario is all-too common lately. A violent or potentially violent suspect gives reason for police to use force. Then, the community and/or student body turn vigils into protest and protests into riots. Looking closer at the situation surrounding this particular shooting, it’s clear that this was not the fault of the police officers involved.

  • 21-year-old Scout Schultz had a history of depression and mental illness. He had attempted suicide in the past according to his father.
  • He called the police to report himself as having a knife and a GUN.
  • While confronting police, he said repeatedly, “Shoot me.”
  • Three suicide notes were found in his room.
  • Despite multiple, often compassionate pleas by the officers involved for him to stop approaching them with his brandished knife (no gun was found), he continued to move towards them until he was shot.

This is a crystal clear example of “suicide by cop,” the act of killing oneself by provoking police officers to use deadly force. Here’s the video of the incident (WARNING: Graphic):

The argument being made by the family’s lawyer and father is that there should have been a non-lethal alternative available. This is a valid point that requires debate. It does NOT require rioting. In fact, rioters make the point for law enforcement to maintain a stronger stance in regards to weapons. These people put their lives in danger on our behalf every time they answer a call. We’ve all seen reports of police being ambushed while on seemingly non-violent calls. Inciting a riot and torching a police vehicle to attempt to make the argument for non-lethal weapons is counterproductive.

The only people who should be blamed for Scout Schultz’ death are Scout Schultz and anyone who pushed him to this point. The police did not do anything other than the exact job they’re required to do. An unstable man with a weapon was making aggressive and unpredictable moves towards them. Do the rioters believe they should have allowed him to stab one of them first before responding?

Perspectives

A troubled Georgia Tech student called 911 on himself, and now he’s dead. | Aaron Colen, TheBlaze

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/09/18/a-troubled-georgia-tech-student-called-911-on-himself-and-now-hes-dead/Scout identified as intersex and non-binary, which is to say he did not conform to the idea of being either male or female and preferred the pronouns “they” and “them.” He was the president of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, an LGBTQ student organization.

Georgia Tech students told to stay inside as protests turn violent after vigil for student killed by cops | Kyle Feldscher and Diana Stancy, Washington Examiner

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/georgia-tech-students-told-to-stay-inside-as-protests-turn-violent-after-vigil-for-student-killed-by-cops/article/2634844“We ask that those who wish to protest Scout’s death do so peacefully. Answering violence with violence is not the answer. Our goal is to work diligently to make positive change at Georgia Tech in an effort to ensure a safer campus for all students,” they said in a statement.”This is how we will truly honor Scout’s life and legacy.”

Georgia Tech Student With Knife Shot, Killed by Campus Police [VIDEO] | Dan Zimmerman, The Truth About Guns

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2017/09/daniel-zimmerman/georgia-tech-student-with-knife-shot-killed-by-campus-police-video/‘Nobody wants to hurt you,’ one of the cops can be heard saying before a shot rings out and Schultz crumples to the ground, screaming out in pain.

Protests erupt at Georgia Tech following vigil for student killed by campus police | WSB-TV

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/protests-erupt-at-georgia-tech-following-vigil-for-student-killed-by-campus-police/611338762Georgia Tech confirmed to Wilfon that two Georgia Tech police officers had minor injuries from the protests. One of those officers was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. The officers are expected to be OK.

 

Outrage Erupts After Armed Non-Binary Student is Shot by Cops | Nichole Cooper, Louder with Crowder

https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/outrage-armed-non-binary-shot-cops/This whole incident was unfortunate, but no abuse of power took place. Cops plead with the man to drop his weapon. He did not. He continued to approach them in a violent manner (armed with a weapon) and now he’s dead. Leftists should focus their energy on mourning this death, not using it to whack police or virtue signal.

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Final Thoughts

Today, there seems to be an instant jump to violence and riots to “honor” dangerous people who are killed by law enforcement. The rioters love to prop up their “innocent” victims and persecute the police who protect them daily. It’s time for these responses of violence to end. Peaceful protesting and public awareness may not be as newsworthy as violent riots, but it goes much further towards establishing dialogues that can solve the actual root problems Americans face.

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