According to the police, Black teen, Tyre King, was fatally shot after pulling a replica gun from his waistband, but forensic report proves otherwise.
A 13-year-old Black teen, Tyre King received deadly shots from Ohio police officer, Bryan Mason, who was responding to reports of an armed robbery. The police officer stated that the young boy pulled a BB gun out of his waistband, which prompted him to open fire because he thought it was a real gun and feared for his life.
Witnesses at the scene of the incident told stories, contradicting Mason’s statement. Therefore, King’s family’s attorneys called for an independent investigation of the case. A Michigan medical expert, Francisco Diaz was hired by the attorneys. Diaz examined the body of the deceased on Sunday and the forensic report was released on Monday by the family’s attorneys, Sean Walton and Chanda Brown; it stated that King was shot three times while running away from the officer.
“Based on the location and the direction of the wound paths, it is more likely than not that Tyre King was in the process of running away from the shooter or shooters when he suffered all three gunshot wounds,” Diaz concluded, according to a statement from attorneys Walton and Brown.
Calls from the public to City officials were forwarded to the Franklin County Coroner’s Office, which stated that a determination on the cause and manner of the Black teen’s death was unknown and the office also didn’t give any form of information to Diaz.
Walton and Brown claimed that the coroner’s office has finished the autopsy, but the results were only going to be available after six to eight weeks. King was described as a “small-framed adolescent boy,” who weighed less than 100 pounds and stood 5-feet tall. Diaz discovered that the Black teen was shot three times in the left side of his body and any of the three gunshot wounds could have been the cause of his death, as they were all fatal.
In a nation with sane law enforcers, this shooting would be termed a murder. But unfortunately, investigations are still ongoing and the case could drag on for a long time. Even though the forensic report has proven that the officer lied about the shooting, Mason is still on administrative leave, instead of facing the music. Such a case isn’t the first, and we are afraid – it won’t be the last.