BBC: Georgia student Scout Schultz shot dead by Atlanta police

September 18, 2017

“University police in the US state of Georgia have shot and killed an LGBT student activist, sparking a state investigation.

Police encountered Scout Schultz outside a campus dormitory in Atlanta after a call about “a person with a knife and a gun” late on Saturday.

Footage has emerged showing Schultz, 21, refusing to obey police commands to drop a knife, and advancing on them.

Schultz’s mother said police should not have used lethal force.

In a video filmed by fellow students at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Schultz is heard saying “Shoot me!” while continuing to walk towards the officers. One of them then opens fire.

Schultz – who identified as intersex – did not appear to be holding a gun, investigators said, despite what had initially been reported to police.

The computer engineering student from Lilburn, Georgia later died in hospital, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said.

The state medical examiner’s office in Decatur will conduct a post-mortem, the GBI added.”

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