ATLANTA — New video shows a deadly confrontation on campus between Georgia Tech police and a student.
L. Chris Stewart said as attorney for the family of Scout Schultz, the Georgia Tech student shot in a confrontation with campus police, he wanted to confront the public with a second cellphone video of the shooting.
“I think it destroys a lot of the assumptions and the myths,” Stewart told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne. “People need to see what really happened.”
Stewart posted the video off the website Liveleak.com to his social media accounts. He said the video more clearly establishes the distance between Schultz and the officers during the shooting.
“It shows the great reactions by the other officers on scene,” Stewart said.
Stewart said the video only makes his case stronger.
Lawyer Don English previously confirmed he is representing Georgia Tech Police Officer Tyler Beck and said he's not talked to one law enforcement professional who would disagree that the use of force was justified in the situation that confronted these officers.
Stewart told Winne that he and Schultz's parents have met with officials from Georgia Tech, the university system Board of Regents and the Georgia attorney general's office with a list of proposals that includes equipping all Tech police with stun guns.
Stewart said at the time of the shooting, none of the officers had stun guns and he said his law firm and the family would contribute to that from any potential settlement.
“Would you be able to pay for all of them?” Winne asked Stewart.
“I’m unable to answer that. I don’t know what Georgia Tech wants to do with this situation,” Stewart said.
Also on the family's list: mediation to avoid a lawsuit, a scholarship in Schultz's name for an LGBTQIA student, a "unity press conference" with Tech and the family and crisis intervention training for Tech officers who don't have it.
“People have mental breakdowns. How are police going to deal with that?” Stewart said. “It doesn’t have to be a legal battle and animosity.”
Georgia Tech and the Board of Regents provided a letter to Winne dated Sept. 30 from a Tech official to Stewart that says in part: “We appreciate the family's interest in seeing that the issues raised by Scout’s death are addressed in a peaceful and constructive manner,” and it suggests they need more information.
Regarding the second video, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said agents do not know the origin of the video and would like for whoever made the recording to come forward and speak with the GBI.
A Georgia Tech representative sent Winne a statement about the new video saying:
“We are awaiting the results of the GBI investigation and hope that if the family’s attorneys have helpful information that it would be turned over to the GBI. The Institute does not discuss ongoing investigations.”
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