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Campus Police Fatally Shoot Young Man in Columbus State University Chase

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Campus police at Georgia's Columbus State University fatally shot 20-year-old Zikarious Jaquan Flint on Sunday afternoon. Flint was alleged to have been seen loading a gun outside of a campus apartment complex, but reports are unclear on whether he actually had a gun, while being chased by police or at all.

Update, 3 p.m.: I asked Bill Sutley, CSU's associate director of university relations, whether Flint had a gun. "He was sighted loading a gun and a gun was found on him or near him," said Sutley, who was unable to comment further. 

From the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

CSU spokesman John Lester said campus police at 2:35 p.m. were told a man at the Courtyard 1 North apartment complex was putting bullets into a gun, and officers confronted the suspect minutes later.

They chased him to where he turned the corner of a building, faced the officers and raised his arm, so they shot him, Lester said. 

But according to the Flint family, three witnesses said they saw Zikarious running away from the police when he was shot. And none of the witnesses reported seeing a weapon in his hands.

Stacey Jackson, an attorney for the Flint family, said Zikarious was shot twice, once in the back (with an exit wound on the stomach) and another time in the jaw area. He was declared dead Sunday afternoon by the Muscogee County Coroner's Office. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the shooting.

Screenshot/Ledger-Enquirer.com

A statement put out by CSU says Flint was not a student, and it also asserts that he had a gun.

CSU/Twitter

On the college's Facebook page, updated with the news Sunday evening, multiple students expressed outrage that they hadn't been alerted earlier about the shooting. "This is the second shooting that has happened on campus without the students being notified," commented Christopher Whitlock. "It's a big safety concern." 

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  1. … and nothing else happened.

    1. I like how the school just assumes he actually had a gun and that “he turned threateningly”, even though he was shot in the back.

      1. The police report is the official record. Even when witnesses and physical evidence contradict it.

      2. How do you “turn” threateningly? What does that even mean?

        1. It means judges and juries will believe anything a cop says, even if it makes no sense.

        2. It means he turned and there was some less than zero chance that he might do harm. That justifies the cop shooting in their minds.

          1. Less than zero? Wow, they REALLY take safety seriously.

        3. How do you “turn” threateningly? What does that even mean?

          Officer: “Hey! HEY! Drop [what I perceive to be a weapon in your hand]!

          Victim: *walking down the street– turns to see what all the yelling is about*

          1. Obey or die. Obey and die. Die.

            1. As long as officer Fife gets to go home that night. It’s really all that matters.

              1. If he really was Officer Fife, he’d have only had one bullet, and it would have been in Andy Griffith’s pocket.

                1. He’s the worst of both worlds, Barney Fife with a loaded Glock.

      3. I like how the school just assumes he actually had a gun and that “he turned threateningly”, even though he was shot in the back.

        He turned threateningly away?

  2. Threateningly he turned.

    Slowly I turned.

  3. “It’s a big safety concern.”

    Yeah, the notifications are the big safety concern, not badges shooting people in the back.

  4. The police are going to defend this shooting to the death. Their view is that an officer has a right to shoot and kill someone if doing so is necessary to avoid even a small risk of death.

    In a just society, it is the police’ job to risk their lives to protect ours. That means when they chase some guy and the guy turns around and raises his hand, it is the cops job to stand there and wait basically to get shot. The reason for this is that we pay cops to take that risk so that we can avoid the risk of a cop mistakenly shooting someone who wasn’t a threat.

    We are no longer a just society. Thus, cops think it is everyone else’ job to risk a cop being mistaken and killing them so that they don’t have to assume any risk of being shot. Just once, I would love to see someone tell one of these cops “you job is not to go home safely every night. Your job is to take a bullet when doing so is necessary”.

    1. That means when they chase some guy and the guy turns around and raises his hand

      They shot him in the back, so I’m assuming that part of their story is just boilerplate.

      1. That is not the point. Even if they are telling the truth, it is still a bad shoot.

        Are they lying? Probably. But my point is that they are so far gone and so careless towards anyone’s safety but their own, even their lies don’t justify the shooting. In fact, their lies show just how horrible they are.

        1. We live in a feudal society. Only the costumes have changed.

    2. Funny how we have / had far more strict ROEs for the military while fighting our recent wars. There are soldiers doing hard time today who made a call in combat which a local PD who did the same would get a medal. Unreal.

  5. “You expect me to talk?”

    “No, I expect you to die.”

  6. Do I expect the city to fucking text me if someone gets shot? What’s wrong with these kids?

    1. No, they were upset that there was a possible gunman on campus and the police didn’t text an alarm telling students to cower under there desk. If only those kids at Virginia Tech had been texted, then the crazy kid wouldn’t have shot people.

  7. “This is the second shooting that has happened on campus without the students being notified,” commented Christopher Whitlock. “It’s a big safety concern.”

    Is this little pussy mad because nobody called him up and told him to shelter cower in place?

  8. Zikarious Jaquan Flint

    LOL

  9. Reading those tweets makes me sad.

  10. WTF did Mr. Whitlock plan to do the next time there is a shooting? Show up and help clean up the blood.

  11. OMG, a shooting on campus! Initiate pearl-clutching mode! Government must step in and do something!

    Oh, wait. It was by our brave heroes in uniform? Then never mind.

  12. I wonder how many of those nitwits were downrange? Contemplating that might temper their enthusiasm for Officer Queeksdraw.

  13. I think the Facebook comment by Maryelle Brinkley is the worst part about this story. Basically, the progs have managed to brainwash some people enough to make gun owners such a Goldstein that the fact that it is even alleged that the guy had a gun makes Ms. Brinkley think it was right and just for the cops to summarily execute him.

    1. And WRONG for no one to have held her hand the whole time it was happening! WHERE IS THIS LADY’S MOMMY?!?

      1. And not a single one of them even bothers to give an obligatory “such a tragedy that someone died”. The whole thing is about them and their precious feelings, the dead guy is just a fucking prop for them to express their self importance.

        Sometimes, you really have to wonder if Bin Ladin didn’t have a point. What a generation of retarded, petulant children we have raised.

        1. That somebody was an icky gun owner. Good riddance.

  14. He had to shoot that kid in the back. It’s not like he was ever going to catch the fleet-footed little bastard, and allowing a “dangerous suspect” (as defined by third hand hearsay) to escape is unacceptable.

    1. I am sure Maryelle Brinkley and a lot of other people completely agree.

    2. fleet-footed

      He probably had cantaloupe-legs too.

  15. Quite telling that the tweet from the school says that it was a “report of a man with a gun”, and not “a man with a gun”. Pure CYA language.

  16. Quite telling that the tweet from the school says that it was a “report of a man with a gun”, and not “a man with a gun”. Pure CYA language.

    The officer will be told, in his settlement-mandated remedial training, to bring a drop gun next time.

  17. I think I know the problem here.

    See, when the cops go to the firing range every few years, they use that head-and-torso target, but it’s not clear which way the target is facing, and they must think it’s facing away from them.

    Start putting a smiley face on the target. Problem solved.

  18. “This is the second shooting that has happened on campus without the students being notified,” commented Christopher Whitlock. “It’s a big safety concern.”

    My brain can hardly process this. He’s upset because the police shot someone and didn’t bother to notify him in advance? I mean, the police might know when their trigger fingers are itching, but they can hardly be expected to tell you when and where.

  19. Protesters clash with police in Albuquerque

    […]

    Justin Elder, 24, followed the protest as a passenger in a car and held a sign that read, “APD: Dressed To Kill.”

    “That’s what this police force is about,” Elder said.

    […]

    Another protester, Alexander Siderits, 23, said he was participating because he was “fed up” with how police treat citizens. “It has reached a boiling point,” he said, “and people just can’t take it anymore.”

  20. running from the cops seems like it substantially increases the likelihood of something very bad happening to you.

    1. So does standing still.

  21. Love how Joshua Martin is busy thanking his lucky stars that he’s “still alive”, obviously not thinking too clearly insofar as it was a cop doing all the shooting.

    This country is doomed.

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