A 23-year-old student is dead after being shot by campus police for speeding. This is just wrong. No one should be speeding or driving erratically as it was reported Robert Cameron Redus was doing, but doing so does not mean a person should be shot dead. By campus police. The details of this story are heart-wrenching and confusing, and will leave you wondering why this happened. What made the campus officer Corporal Chris Carter, 35, open fire on Redus at 2 a.m. just a few blocks from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, where Redus studied?
Has our culture become too quick with a gun? Have those in charge stopped thinking with a rational mind?
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Redus was a straight-A student and was graduating in May. Of course grades and time of graduation doesn't really matter in this case -- even if he was a failing student, he shouldn't have been shot. He shouldn't be dead.
Redus pulled over into the parking lot of his apartment building after reportedly speeding and driving dangerously and being tailed by the police officer. Carter approached his car and the two began arguing. Redus had exited the car and there was some kind of struggle. The witness, neighbor Mohammad Haidaras, said he heard Redus say "Oh you're gonna shoot me?" in a sarcastic tone about a minute before four to six shots were fired. Haidaras lived just below Redus and described him as "the nicest guy."
Friends have come forward saying how kind and gentle and non-aggressive Redus was, and no on can understand how something like this could escalate in such a short time leaving a young man dead.
Carter has been put on administrative leave while the investigation is going on. Apparently he had called for back-up, but a witness reported there was no verbal warnings to Redus. One said, "I didn't hear him say anything like, 'Get down on your hands and knees,' you know? I didn't hear him say anything. He just started shooting. He emptied the gun on him."
The family has put out a statement: "We are understandably devastated by the death of our dear son Cameron and we ask for your prayers as we deal with our tragic loss. We trust that God is faithful and will see us through this most difficult time."
My thoughts are with them. It didn't have to end like this.
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