‘Being naked Does no longer get rid of a hazard’: Police Killing of Unarmed naked trainer, Justified
The family of Marcus-David L. Peters—honors graduate and science teacher—is grieving this month after the Richmond who shot and killed him while he was naked and unarmed in 2018 was ruled justified in his actions — again.
The AP reports that the finding by Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin mirrors an earlier finding by her predecessor, former Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring. McEachin said 10-page report released Friday that the officer’s use of deadly force on Marcus-David Peters was a “reasonable response” to the danger posed by Peters.
According to reports, the shooting happened along I-95 in Richmond after Peters lost control of his vehicle, sending it crashing into the trees. Police say that Peters then exited the vehicle, entirely naked, running into rolling around on or near the interstate. all captured on the officer’s body camera.
Police say that Peters had previously struck another vehicle crashing fled the scene. After chase, he crashed ran naked up the northbound lane of I-95. Police claim Peters then charged who had no other choice but to resort to deadly force against the naked and unarmed man who ‘charged the officer.’
“Peters emerged from his disabled vehicle and the northbound lanes of I-95,” Richmond Police spokesman Gene Lepley said. “He wearing any clothes… [we’re trying out] why he didn’t have any clothes on.”
Police claim the officer first deployed the taser which proved to be ineffective, officer then shot the teacher, who later died at hospital.
“Our officer attempted to use a taser on the person and it failed,” Lepley said.
“The attack continued officer drew his service weapon and discharged it striking that man.”
Three months after Peters’ death, the department cleared the officer involved.
At the urging of Peters’ family and police reform advocates, McEachin agreed to review the case, and this month, she reached conclusion, finding that “the officer’s ultimate decision to use lethal force was response to danger presented to himself public by Mr. Peters’ continued violent behavior his mental deterioration.”
A ‘safety analyst’ for the local news channel originally reached conclusion and went on to justify of force.
“An unarmed person necessarily mean killed by an unarmed person,” NBC 12 safety analyst Mike Jones said. “I’ve seen cases where officers strangled with the bare hands of a suspect.”
The Project instances unarmed suspects have strangled on-duty to death, although we find any.
The echoed the claims of analyst, noting that being naked doesn’t mean that can’t kill you.
“We are all deeply what happened here – by the loss of life,” Richmond Alfred Durham said statement released by Richmond Police. “Our officers take of deadly force lightly. it’s important that being naked remove a threat. So far, the eyewitness accounts we’ve heard consistent: our officer tried using verbal commands, then used non-lethal force first by deploying his Taser before using his service weapon.”
While indeed possible for an unarmed naked man to pose a threat to an untrained individual, that a trained couldn’t to suppress this threat without killing Peters is disturbing.
Indeed, as reported, DeKalb County Robert Olsen in Georgia shot and killed an unarmed naked man under very similar circumstances—and he was charged and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
According to Barbara Peters, her son grew up in Middlesex County and graduated of Middlesex high school in 2011. His school selected him to be the speaker at graduation and he was even featured special on the local news.
“Each you has something special ,” Peters said during his speech, the reports. “You have your own unique gift. We are all assets to society.”
He went on: “The trying times of life will only make us strong individuals. Nothing life that has value easy.”
According to Richmond-Dispatch, Peters went on to attend VCU, graduating in 2016 with a biology degree and honors; he also minored in Spanish, psychology, and chemistry. While at VCU, he attended the school’s Honors College, served as a resident assistant, and volunteered in doctor’s offices, the family said.
“His pursuit for a career as a trauma surgeon would unknowingly take a detour as he discovered his passion for education,” the family said statement.
Before being killed by police, Peters was a at Essex high school.
“The hopes for these additional lessons were students to develop fundamental skills for overall success,” Peters’ family said. “He would often say, ‘The students just know cares about them model up to.’ He tried his just that.”
Peters was obviously in some mental distress, whether drug-related or health-related was unclear. clear, however, is that police were unable to resolve a situation involving unarmed man—without killing him—and society has lost person it.
“Marcus violent toward anyone. He ran to the highway. He violent to anybody. He was in his own world,” Peters’ sister, Princess Blanding, said.
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