Georgia Tech Vigil for Student Shot by Police Turns Violent, Rioters Arrested

Vigil for a student shot by police turns violent and protesters set a police car ablaze

The call that led Georgia Tech campus police to respond to a man reportedly wielding a knife was made by the student who was later shot and killed by officers, police investigators said Monday night.

The vigil for Scout Schultz was attended by almost 500 people, including Schultz's family, according to Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson.

The Pride Alliance also posted a message on its own website calling Schultz the "driving force" behind the group for the past two years who "pushed us to do more events and a larger variety of events, and we would not be the organization we are known as without their constant hard work and dedication".

Georgia Tech administration released a statement saying that the three arrestees were charged with inciting to riot and battery of a police officer. "Our thoughts are with Scout's family, Scout's friends at the Georgia Tech community, especially the LGBTQIA community at Georgia Tech".

The student takes three more steps forward, followed by the sound of a gunshot and then many screams.

The president of the Georgia Tech LGBT student group who was shot to death by campus police on September 16 after allegedly wielding a knife, left three suicide notes shortly before an altercation with police, according to newly released information by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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. "One of them was carrying what looked like a pipe".

It would be an hour and a half before Georgia Tech officials issued an all-clear.

"Schultz continued to advance on the officers with the knife", the statement says.

Georgia Institute of Technology student Scout (Scott) Schultz, who was shot and killed by police.

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

Flanked by Schultz's parents on Monday morning, Stewart said the officer who shot Schultz overreacted. "Subsequently, one of the officers fired striking Schultz".

Schultz died shortly after being taken to a hospital.

But Scout's death stunned Lynne and Bill Schultz, who described Scout as "a very loving and caring and empathetic person". "Answering violence with violence is not the answer".

"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.

L. Chris Stewart, a lawyer for the Schultz family, criticized the university for not providing officers with more nonlethal tools and said the killing would not have happened if campus police were properly trained to handle mental illness. Stewart says Schultz was having a mental breakdown and posed no threat to officers. "There has to be a bigger value put on taking a human life than fear when you are doing your job".

Citing the state investigation into its officers, Georgia Tech declined to comment on the incident, though a spokesman called it a "tragic death". "I saw a couple of students forced to the ground handcuffed". The response by our students to last night's events is particularly heartwarming - they were on Facebook and Twitter through the night trying to find ways to show support and to say this is not who we are.

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