It just keeps going. It seems a few days can’t pass without police fatally shooting a Black male. Ferguson protests are still going strong for Mike Brown slain by police officer Darren Wilson. Supporters were upset by the recent ruling by an Ohio court to not charge the police who killed John Crawford in a Wal-Mart. This summer overall has been tumultuous as far as Black men and the police are concerned. To add on to the lengthy list of names of victims, 14-year-old Cameron Tillman was recently killed by an unidentified deputy from the Terrebone Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana.
The shooting happened Tuesday when police investigated a group for allegedly running into an abandoned building with weapons. A Black, seven year veteran on the force shot and killed Cameron Tillman. The sheriff’s office stated, “While attempting to make contact with the suspects inside of an abandoned residence on the street, shot an armed suspect.” Three other suspects (two juveniles and an 18-year-old) were taken into custody. A fifth member of the group escaped.
State police (who took over the investigation) say that a weapon was recovered from the scene. However, a teacher at Tillman’s school named Michael Legarde is skeptical about the police’s story. Tillman was a freshman in high school. In junior high, he was a a standout athlete, but reportedly slowed down with sports to focus on his studies. Legarde, who also lived in close proximity to Tillman, said “there was no way” the boys were robbing the house because everyone knew it was empty.
Cameron’s brother, Andre Tillman was in the house at the time and says that Tillman didn’t have a chance. “My little brother thought somebody was just clowning, because somebody is always clowning by the door. He opened (it) and the man just shot him. He didn’t have nothing in his hand.”
There will be more investigations into the killing of Cameron Tillman. Louisiana State Police Trooper Evan Harrell said, “The individual that was fatally wounded, his family, everybody deserves a proper investigation, and that’s what we’re here to do. And until we get everything nailed down, squared away, we’ll be out here as long as it takes.”
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