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Authorities in Ohio have recognized a long-time Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy because the regulation enforcement officer who shot and killed a Black man in Columbus final Friday.
Regulation enforcement mentioned the person was waving a gun. His household mentioned he was carrying a sandwich.
The sheriff’s workplace mentioned the deputy who fired the photographs, Jason Meade, a 17-year veteran of the drive, was assigned full-time to the U.S. Marshal’s Service Fugitive Process Drive on the time of the incident.
The duty drive had wrapped up an unsuccessful seek for “violent suspects,” in keeping with police investigators, when the taking pictures passed off.
The person killed, 23-year-old Casey Goodson, was not an object of the search, nor was he needed by regulation enforcement previous to the incident, in keeping with police.
Members of the family mentioned Goodson was shot thrice within the again. An post-mortem will likely be carried out by the Franklin County Coroner, in keeping with investigators.
Columbus Police are main the investigation of the incident, which occurred inside its jurisdiction however didn’t contain police. As of Sunday afternoon, roughly 48 hours after the taking pictures, Meade had nonetheless not been interviewed by investigators.
A 17-year veteran FCSO Deputy assigned full time to the US Marshal Process Drive was concerned within the lethal taking pictures of a 23-year previous man Friday afternoon. The US Marshal’s Workplace says the suspect’s weapon was recovered on the scene. The taking pictures stays below investigation pic.twitter.com/pnH0xZrogM
— Franklin County Sheriff’s Workplace (@OHFCSO) December 5, 2020
“Right now, Deputy Meade shouldn’t be on obligation and is awaiting interview by the Columbus Division of Police Essential Incident and Response Staff, which is investigating the incident,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned in an announcement.
Peter Tobin, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, mentioned that Goodson was brandishing a weapon, then issues took a flip for the worst.
“He was seen driving down the road waving a gun, and that is when the deputy, in some unspecified time in the future after that, he confronted him and it went badly,” Tobin mentioned at a Friday press convention, NPR member station WOSU experiences.
The station provides that authorities supplied few particulars in regards to the encounter or what triggered Meade’s use of lethal drive. The sheriff’s workplace mentioned deputies don’t put on physique cameras. Investigators mentioned no different regulation enforcement officers witnessed the taking pictures.
“A gun was recovered from Mr. Goodson,” in keeping with an announcement from Columbus Police. A tweet by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned “the suspect’s weapon was recovered on the scene.”
Reporter Paige Pfleger of member station WOSU reported Monday that Goodson’s hid carry license was present, in keeping with documentation supplied by household attorneys.
Activists and relations dispute particulars in regulation enforcement’s model of the story and level to it as one other instance of police resorting to unjustified lethal drive in opposition to Black Individuals.
“They’re mendacity!” Kaylee Harper, who recognized herself as Goodson’s sister, wrote in a Fb publish.
“My brother actually walked throughout the yard, walked into the again fence to get to the aspect door, had his subway [sandwich] and masks in a single hand keys within the different, UNLOCKED AND OPENED THE DOOR and stepped in the home earlier than” he was shot, Harper wrote.
In an announcement, Walton + Brown, the regulation agency representing Goodson’s household, mentioned the taking pictures was witnessed by Goodson’s 72-year-old grandmother and two toddlers. The agency mentioned Goodson was returning residence from a dentist appointment.
“All the things about him was about abiding by the regulation and by way of having a gun, he was licensed to take action,” Nana Watson, the president of the Columbus Chapter of the NAACP, informed The Columbus Dispatch.
That is Casey Goodson, a 23yo Black man from Ohio. On 12/4, an @OHFCSO deputy mistook Casey for a fugitive & fatally shot him 3x within the BACK. He was strolling into his own residence with a sandwich, NOT a gun. This shoot 1st, ask Qs later mentality MUST END! We demand #JusticeForCasey!! pic.twitter.com/aReHMF3nKL
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) December 6, 2020
Civil rights legal professional Benjamin Crump, who represents many households who’ve had family members killed by police this yr, together with George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Walter Wallace and others, tweeted “this should finish.”
“That is Casey Goodson, a 23yo Black man from Ohio. On 12/4, an @OHFCSO deputy mistook Casey for a fugitive & fatally shot him 3x within the BACK. He was strolling into his own residence with a sandwich, NOT a gun. This shoot 1st, ask Qs later mentality MUST END! We demand #JusticeForCasey!!”
Heather Johnson, a pal of the Goodson household, who additionally spoke with The Columbus Dispatch, mentioned he had no legal historical past and described him as a household man.
“Casey was 23 years previous, he by no means had any kind of crimes. He was good, he labored on the Hole, he liked his household,” Johnson informed the paper. “He simply loved being an enormous brother and loved being along with his household, he liked them very a lot.”
The taking pictures comes because the nation continues to be grappling with long-simmering points stemming from social inequities, systemic racism and aggressive police ways used in opposition to communities of colour. These issues touched off months of nationwide protests following Floyd’s Memorial Day killing by Minneapolis police.
It additionally comes simply weeks earlier than a transition of energy on the White Home. President-elect Joe Biden made legal justice reform a central pillar of his marketing campaign.