Tuesday, January 7, 2014

NC Teen Shot, Killed by Police in Front of Parents at Home

Via AP (my highlight):

he NC State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting of a teenager by a police officer in Boiling Springs Lakes over the weekend.

 Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David asked for the investigation after the shooting around 1 pm Sunday on President Drive.

Family members said they called police after 18-year-old Keith Vidal picked up a screwdriver and threatened his mother.

Mark Wilsey Sr. says that initially officers were able to calm his son, who suffers from schizophrenia. But Wilsey says when a third officer arrived, his son became agitated.

  Wilsey says officers used a stun gun on Vidal and then a shot was fired and Vidal was hit.

 The Star News in Wilmington reported that both parents and at least 6 law enforcement officers were at the scene at the time of the shooting.

Authorities say officers from three agencies responded. Several media sources reported that a police officer from Southport is on paid administrative leave following the shooting.

 The family also told WECT-TV that two officers were holding down Vidal in a hallway of the house when another law enforcement officer stepped between them and fired, killing Vidal.

Vidal was a student at South Brunswick High School and celebrated his 18th birthday on December 10.

 Friends say that Vidal could easily be subdued by police -- they say he was no taller than 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighed less than 100 pounds.

 According to his Facebook page, he was scheduled to graduate high school this spring.


  1. Why wasn't someone videotaping this?

    Before anyone criticizes paid administrative leave, the cop is allegedly innocent until proven guilty.

    1. Paid administrative leave is a way to put a cop on a short, tight leash. It should go without saying that if all cops, and their military companions, were put on such short, tight leashes, collectivism would be at risk of soon having no paid goons on its payroll.

      Nevertheless, Murray N. Rothbard thought that "Cops must be unleashed, and allowed to administer instant punishment, subject of course to liability when they are in error."

    2. "Before anyone criticizes paid administrative leave, the cop is allegedly innocent until proven guilty." Just like the kid that the cop killed.

      - JS

  2. Give a Darwin award to "Family members" who called the cops.

  3. "the cop is allegedly innocent until proven guilty" Of course, he is a member of the state.

  4. Good googly moogly, not only could they have easily subdued him, it sounds like they DID have him subdued with two of the six cops. Screw these ass clowns.

  5. And of course, since the cops will investigate the shooter, it'll be found justified instead of 2nd degree murder.

  6. Via LRC: “We don’t have time for this!” exclaimed a police officer as he shot and killed a psychologically troubled, 90-pound teenage boy who had already been tasered and was pinned down beneath two other officers.

  7. I'd bet the mortgage that the cop in question did several tours of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. Either that, or he is a complete psychopath.

    No one that callous about human life should be given a gun and badge.