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Georgia Tech student launches fundraiser to aid campus cops

20 September, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution

The evening began with candles and eulogies in memory of Scout Schultz, the 21-year-old leader of a campus LGBT group, who police said was suicidal and armed with a knife.

The clashes at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta broke out when several dozen of the nearly 500 people who had attended the vigil for slain student Scout Schultz faced off with officers at the campus police headquarters, the school said.

Scout Schultz had left three suicide notes in a dorm room, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and phoned police on Saturday night to report an armed man stalking the campus.

Three people were arrested and students were ordered to shelter in place at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta on Monday as violent protests erupted in response to the police shooting death of a student who allegedly had a knife, the university.

"Scout's family respects the rights of those who wish to voice opposition to what they feel was an unnecessary use of force, but they ask that it be done respectfully and safely", the statement added.

"Why didn't they use some nonlethal force, like pepper spray or Tasers?"

Georgia Tech police had urged students to stay inside and lock their doors because of "violent protests on campus".

The board of directors of Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, for which Schultz served as president for the past two years, released a statement saying the group was deeply saddened by Schultz's death and hailing Schultz's work and dedication on behalf of the organization as an inspiration.

Georgia Tech President Peterson said Tuesday that the school is committed to finding out conclusively what happened but that "we must rely on professional investigation and evaluation, and not draw conclusions too quickly".

But the family attorney said the blade had been tucked into its holder and that Schultz's arms remained at their sides throughout the police encounter.

The university said three people were arrested during the protest but hasn't said whether they were students.

Schultz ignored multiple orders to drop the weapon and stand still, and was shot once by police.

The masked marchers, who the school says numbered around 50, set off fireworks on their way to the police headquarters on campus. Stewart says Schultz was having a mental breakdown and posed no threat to officers.

Investigators recovered a multi-purpose tool at the scene but didn't find any guns, Miles said.

A photo obtained from another video recording published by the Journal-Constitution shows what appeared to be an unopened utility or pocket knife lying on the ground after the shooting.

Scout then retorts "shoot me!" to which an officer says "nobody wants to hurt you". In a cellphone video captured by an onlooker and obtained by CNN, at least two officers can be seen with their guns drawn as Schultz walks toward them.

But Scout's death stunned Lynne and Bill Schultz, who described Scout as "a very loving and caring and empathetic person".

In the footage, one officer shouts to "drop the knife".

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach was on the campus Tuesday morning, where he saw students writing supportive messages and thanks to the officers.

"We love you Scout and we will continue to push for change".

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