Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Gilbert Thomas Collar Killed by Campus Officer: Mother Claims 'Security video will show her Son never touched the officer who killed him,'

The mother of the naked, unarmed college student fatally shot by a campus police officer on Saturday says that surveillance video will show her 5ft 7, 135lbs son never came into physical contact with the officer.

Bonnie Smith Collar, has said she has received conflicting information about what happened prior to her son Gil Collar, 18, being shot. She has asked people to withhold judgment until all the evidence comes out.

Acquaintances have said that slightly built Collar appeared to be intoxicated, because of alcohol or something else, as he took his clothes off, ran through the streets, screamed obscenities and claimed he was on a 'spiritual quest' in the moments before he was killed.

'Whatever caused the incident was something that made him act not in his normal personality,' she said.

School officials with access to the security video footage have said nothing to indicate that Collar was armed. And they have refused to say whether the officer who shot Collar was carrying a baton and pepper spray, both of which campus officers typically have with them. Read More

At 1:23 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, University of South Alabama Police responded to a loud banging noise on the west side window of the police station. When an officer exited the station to investigate, he was confronted by a muscular, nude man who was acting erratically.

The man repeatedly rushed and verbally challenged the officer in a fighting stance.

The officer with weapon drawn ordered the individual to halt. The officer retreated numerous times in an attempt to calm the situation. The individual continued to press toward the officer in a threatening manner. The assailant kneeled for a moment, and then he rose again, rushing and chasing the officer, who continued to retreat away from the building. When the individual continued to rush toward the officer in a threatening manner and ignored the officer's repeated commands to stop, the officer fired one shot with his police sidearm, which struck the chest of the assailant. The individual fell to the ground, but he got up once more and continued to challenge the officer further before collapsing and expiring.

The deceased has been identified as Gilbert Thomas Collar, an 18-year-old freshman from Wetumpka, Ala.

Immediately after the incident, the USA Police Department contacted the District Attorney's Office to request an external investigation. Mobile County Sheriff's Department will assist. The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of internal and external reviews.

The University extends its condolences to Mr. Collar's family.