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Family demanding answers after police fatally shoot mentally ill NC teenager

By M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer,
NBC News
January 7, 2014, 6:53 am

 
North Carolina prosecutors promised Monday to get to the truth — "wherever the truth leads"—  in the death of a mentally ill teenager whose family claims police shot him in cold blood over the weekend.

 

 Video at:

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Keith Vidal, 18, of Boiling Springs Lakes, was shot and killed Sunday afternoon, authorities said.


At least three law enforcement agencies responded after the family called for help just after noon, saying Vidal was in the midst of a schizophrenic episode.


Vidal was declared dead of a gunshot wound at a hospital.


Jerry Dove, chief of the Southport police, one of the responding agencies, said at a news conference that Detective Byron Vassey, a nine-year veteran of the department, had been placed on administrative leave. He wouldn't say whether Vassey was believed to be the officer who fired the shot.


Vidal's family showed up at the news conference — to which they said they weren’t invited — carrying placards, demanding justice and insisting that their son posed no threat when he was shot.


Mark Wilsey, the young man's stepfather, told reporters that the family called police to help subdue Vidal because he was holding a small screwdriver and threatening to fight his mother during a schizophrenic episode.


But the situation appeared to be under control, with two officers restraining the 90-pound Vidal, when the third officer arrived and shot Vidal point-blank, Wilsey contended.


"Then all of a sudden, this Southport cop came, walked in the house [and said]: 'I don't have time for this. Tase him. Let's get him out of here,'" Wilsey said.


An officer used a stun gun on Vidal, "he hit the ground [and] this guy shot him," Wilsey said.


Wilsey said that when he demanded to know why his stepson had been shot, the officer replied, "'Well, I'm protecting my officers.'"


"He reached right up, shot this kid point-blank, with all intent to kill," Wilsey said. "He just murdered him flat out."


Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David said the State Bureau of Investigation had been called in to investigate, as is standard in all officer-involved shootings.


David said he would meet with Vidal's family, promising "that I will go wherever the truth leads in this case."


"The public deserves to have a process put in place that will lead to the most just resolution," he said.


Neighbors told NBC station WECT of Wilmington, N.C., that Vidal often played with their children. They said he had a history of depression and schizophrenia but never harmed anyone.


Vidal's mother, Mary Wilsey, told reporters that she had often tried to get help for her son's mental illness.


"Why?" she asked Monday. "Why did this child have to die?"

 

 

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They make a situation go from bad - TO DEAD!!

 
 
   
 

Only Me
I got bit by a horse today.


I know, I know.  'Emily, you live in New York City'.  'Emily, where did you find a horse?'.  Natural thoughts.  But there, on the corner of Broadway and Bleeker (two famous, VERY New York streets which is not a natural horse habitat), on my way to help Emily G. dye 130 shirts for the impending Relay for Life, I saw 2 policemen on their horses just straight chillin', and I, the animal lover went over to say hi.  2 more horses joined us, overcome with temptation I asked the cop closest to me if I could say hi, he obliges, the horse obliges and is nice to me and my scratches.  Then he nudges me, and then CHOMP.

Okay, it wasn't a chomp.  There was no blood, and I have a very minor scratch where the tooth grazed my finger.

But that's what happened in my little world today.


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also, apparently while I was at Emily's for 5 or more hours dyeing t-shirts in her bathtub, it rained.  And as I walked from the subway to my apartment, I realized it smelled like summer rain.

And there aren't words for how much I love that smell.
 
 
 

   
Laughed Out Loud
From one of the greatest websites of ALL time ...

Chick: So, I'm up by Bryant Park, and there are all these cop cars lined up, and then one of them decides, 'Okay, time to go!' and he puts his siren on and pulls out, and all the rest of them following, all their sirens going whoop-buppa-whoop-whoop! And then I hear something that sounds like some guy going 'whoop-buppa-whoop-whoop' -- like, he's making siren noises -- and I turn around, and there's this cop... I guess the siren on his cop car wasn't working or something, so he's on the loudspeaker mic yelling, 'Whoop-buppa-whoop-whoop!' as they all zoom off down 42nd Street. It was crazy!

--14th & 7th
 
 
   
 

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Laws vs Freedom
I'm starting to understand the taser fiasco at the John Kerry speech much better today. I don't know if it was from reading opinions about the event on the internet, or whitedevil's post of the event synced up with Monty Python. But I get it now. It is OK to taser someone for butting in and taking too much time talking. And I think this should be implemented ASAP at the next presidential candidate's debate. Enough with the lights and the buzzing and the silly signals, I think 25,000 volts aught to do the trick.

Seriously, though, I've watched the video a few (hundred, haha) times. Even without considering that a Taser was used, what I see is a bunch of officers who seemed out of place, were out of line, and using inappropriate and unnecessary force. The situation was not out of control prior to the inappropriate police intervention. The student asked his questions, the microphone was cut, and Kerry was trying to answer the questions. The point at which the situation rightfully deteriorates was after the student was held down and tasered.

I also noticed that the police officers didn't tell the student why he was being arrested/detained when repeatedly asked, which is a right. We all have that right. They didn't tell him till after he was tasered and taken outside. They told him he was inciting a riot. People were hardly paying attention to the kid! The mistake made by the police was basically making a situations that didn't call for force worse by not answering the man. The student made serveral mistakes as well, resisting arrest was certainly the big one. But, the problem is if there was no reason for arrest, then was it wrong to resist? We are talking about infringement of rights and the dilution of freedom.

Do you really think it was OK?
 
 
   
 

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