This is Casey Goodson, a 23yo Black man from Ohio. On 12/4, an @OHFCSO deputy mistook Casey for a fugitive & fatally shot him 3x in the BACK. He was walking into his own home with a sandwich, NOT a gun. This shoot 1st, ask Qs later mentality MUST END! We demand #JusticeForCasey!! pic.twitter.com/aReHMF3nKL
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) December 6, 2020
What kind of sandwich was it?
The media is neglecting to share that little detail.
Authorities in Ohio have identified a longtime Franklin County sheriff’s deputy as the law enforcement officer who shot and killed a Black man in Columbus last Friday.
Law enforcement said the man was waving a gun. His family said he was carrying a sandwich.
The sheriff’s office said the deputy who fired the shots, Jason Meade, a 17-year veteran of the force, was assigned full time to a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force at the time of the incident.
The task force had wrapped up an unsuccessful search for “violent suspects,” according to police investigators, when the shooting took place.
The man killed, 23-year-old Casey Goodson, was not an object of the search, nor was he wanted by law enforcement prior to the incident, according to police.
Family members said Goodson was shot three times in the back. An autopsy will be conducted by the Franklin County coroner, according to investigators.
Columbus police are leading the investigation of the incident, which occurred within its jurisdiction but did not involve police. As of Sunday afternoon, roughly 48 hours after the shooting, Meade had still not been interviewed by investigators.
Peter Tobin, U.S. marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, said that Goodson was brandishing a weapon and then things took a turn for the worst.
“He was seen driving down the street waving a gun, and that’s when the deputy, at some point after that, he confronted him and it went badly,” Tobin said at a Friday news conference, NPR member station WOSU reports.
He was actually driving down the street waving a sandwich.
However, we still do not know what kind of sandwich it was.
The station adds that authorities provided few details about the encounter or what triggered Meade’s use of deadly force. The sheriff’s office said deputies do not wear body cameras. Investigators said no other law enforcement officers witnessed the shooting.
“A gun was recovered from Mr. Goodson,” according to a statement from the Columbus police. A tweet by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said, “the suspect’s weapon was recovered at the scene.”
Reporter Paige Pfleger of member station WOSU reported Monday that Goodson’s concealed-carry license was current, according to documentation provided by family attorneys.
Sure, he had a gun.
But that was in his pocket.
The object he was waving around was a sandwich.
Activists and family members dispute details in law enforcement’s version of the story and point to it as another example of police resorting to unjustified deadly force against Black Americans.
“They are lying!” Kaylee Harper, who identified herself as Goodson’s sister, wrote in a Facebook post.
“My brother literally walked across the yard, walked into the back fence to get to the side door, had his subway [sandwich] and mask in one hand keys in the other, UNLOCKED AND OPENED THE DOOR and stepped in the house before” he was shot, Harper wrote.
In a statement, Walton + Brown, the law firm representing Goodson’s family, said the shooting was witnessed by Goodson’s 72-year-old grandmother and two toddlers. The firm said Goodson was returning home from a dentist appointment.
“Everything about him was about abiding by the law, and in terms of having a gun, he was licensed to do so,” Nana Watson, president of the Columbus chapter of the NAACP, told The Columbus Dispatch.
I’ll tell you this: as a virulent hater of the skin color of black people, I really wish that cops would stop shooting them.
I hate black people for literally no reason other than their skin tone, but it really bothers me when blacks riot and burn down cities.
Though I fully understand the rage that cops feel when they notice someone out on the street with a dark shade of skin, and their desire to just start shooting as soon as they see that distasteful color, we are all getting really exhausted by these endless riots, which is why I feel strongly that the police should stop murdering random black people.