Lawyer: Video doesn't justify shooting of student

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Associated Press

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer for the family of an Alabama college student killed by university police says surveillance video shows the young man did not do anything to justify the shooting.

Jere Beasley described the videotaped death of University of South Alabama freshman Gil Collar during a news conference Thursday in Montgomery.

Beasley says the video shows Collar never came within 4 feet of the officer and didn't try to grab his weapon. But Beasley says Collar and the officer move out of the camera's view before the gunshot.

Beasley says the officer came outside the police station with his gun drawn and shot Collar no more than 30 seconds later.

Authorities say Collar had taken LSD and threatened the officer.

Officials allowed an attorney and an investigator from Beasley's firm to view the recording.

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