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Please Sign: Demand Justice for Teen Shot By Alabama Campus Police: Restrict CP Gun Use

Society & Culture  (tags: police, americans, safety, rights, University of South Alabama, Campus Police, Restrict firearms, mental health, proper training of campus officers, Gilbert Collar, shooting death, excessive force )

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Freshman Gilbert Collar was shot dead by a University of South Alabama campus policeman, and his parents and others want answers. Some campuses restrict use of firearms by campus officers, and USA should respond to this needless killing by doing the same.

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 12:07 pm
Of course I signed. Thank you.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 12:14 pm

Well written petition, Susan. signed.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 1:40 pm
signed, TU Susan

Elizabeth O (94)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 2:29 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 5:33 am
signed, thanks Susan

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 6:28 am

David Menard (43)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 12:54 pm

Rebecca Y (26)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 2:28 pm
As far as the article goes, it states he was naked and had no weapons. What was the Campus policeman afraid of? That he might pee on him? Please, guns need to be taken out of the hands of idiots like that guy and others who think they have the authority to kill anytime they feel like it!

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 2:47 pm
Signed & Noted. Much thanks for posting, Susan. Agree with Becky 100%.

louise Woychesko (1)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 4:44 pm
Shot dead because he was banging on police headquarters' window? Signed

Susan V (80)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 5:14 pm
Louise, From the reports, and talk about the video (not released), Collar had banged on the windows and then chased the officer who came out, but he came out with his gun drawn, alone, apparently with no taser or pepper spray.

What disturbs me most is that there seems to be so little awareness about or desire to set up proper response teams to handle this kind of erratic behavior that is NOT uncommon with a lot of prescriptions drugs (or alcohol and street drugs), especially at a college campus where drug use of all kinds is common.

Because our pharm industry likes to hide the fact that many commonly prescribed drugs for depression or anxiety or sleep often cause bizarre reactions, then there is a lot of denial out there.

Anyone acting in this way is sick, and it's not always due to drugs - a number of physical conditions can cause strange or "psychotic" behavior - even an insulin reaction.

So there needs to be a proper -- medically oriented way to respond - rather than treating people acting this way as if they are criminals.

That said, I believe the officer was caught off guard and panicked -- a person exhibiting this kind of behavior can be frightening, but the proper training would have most likely prevented this death.

In Finland they have a wonderful and successful program where they respond to people having these kinds of crises in a calm and caring manner. But in America, all we have is the police and the horrible hospitals that force drug and ask questions later -- the committal process is very traumatizing and dehumanizing, and stigmatizing, and so are the mental hospitals, so they scare people away from asking for help - AND - they scare loved ones away from calling for help for others.

An institute in MA is now training caregivers in the Open Dialogue program - where a team comes to the person in crisis in a non-threatening way and calms them down, and stays with them and helps them work through what is usually a result of trauma - and usually without giving drugs.

However, on our college campuses if a person is sad or tired or going through stress, psychotropic drugs, often with devastating side effects, are prescribed freely -- this has also been the case with the military suffering PTSD and brain injury. And the outcome has been disastrous.

Finally, the military has owned up to this corruption (mostly industry influenced) -- they now admit 1/3 of those being treated with antidepressants have committed suicide BECAUSE of the drugs - and they are changing the way they treat PTSD.

Dr. Peter Breggin's work has done a lot to effect this change, and every campus response team should read Breggin's Medication Madness and Gwen Olsen's,
Confessions of and Rx Drug Pusher and get training in Open Dialogue or Breggin's Empathic Therapy and other successful response programs.

We desperately need this change on our college campuses, and until there is a team properly trained to respond, I agree, firearms should be limited - or even banned for use by Campus Police.

Vicky P (476)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 6:08 pm
noted and signed

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 7:39 pm

MmAway M (506)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 9:15 pm
Susan ~ Again...a well done petition by you! Always amazed about how well worded and welll done you are!!!

Judy C (97)
Friday October 12, 2012, 12:24 am
So sad. University campuses are usually some of the more civilized places in our cities. Signed. Thanks, Susan.

Yvonne F (181)
Friday October 12, 2012, 2:58 am
Signed!!! It is so horrible! thanks Susan

natalie n (164)
Friday October 12, 2012, 11:31 am
thanks, signed.

Gretchen H (3)
Friday October 12, 2012, 1:57 pm
How sad this kid when to the police more than likely for help and got killed.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday October 12, 2012, 2:07 pm
Sad. Petition signed

Robert O (12)
Friday October 12, 2012, 4:43 pm
Definitely signed! Thank you Susan.

Jim P (3257)
Friday October 12, 2012, 4:47 pm
Petition signed.

Many incidents are covered up by the campus police. College campus try to avoid bad publicity
any way they can. Unfortunately, a student was shot to death and a killing of that nature is very
hard to cover up.

Weapons should not be used on any college campus including tasers. Tasers are very well known
for killing many people over the years. Tasers should be outlawed.

Ty, Susan.

Nan R (0)
Friday October 12, 2012, 9:28 pm
Signed-this is so sad.
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