University of South Alabama Officials and Campus Law Enforcement: Develop Protocol Using Nonlethal Methods
  • Petitioned Dr John W. Smith

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Vice President of Student Affairs
Dr John W. Smith
Public relations Manager
Keith Ayers
Police Chief USAPD
Zeke Aull

University of South Alabama Officials and Campus Law Enforcement: Develop Protocol Using Nonlethal Methods

    1. Caroline de Freitas
    2. Petition by

      Caroline de Freitas

      Mobile, AL

In the early hours of Saturday, October 6th a campus police officer in Mobile, Alabama shot and killed Gil Collar, an 18-year-old freshman, after Gil pounded on the windows of the campus police headquarters. Gil was naked and unarmed.

Before being shot Gil had allegedly tried to bite a girl’s arm and scuffled with people in cars. Media reports say that Gil may have been under the influence of the hallucinogen LSD after attending a music festival with friends.

According to media reports, the parents have forgiven the officer who did the shooting, but they hold the university policies to blame.

"The family asked me to let you know this. Regardless of what happened they forgive the officer. They are praying for him. They realize he is having a difficult time also," said the family’s attorney. "They do very strongly at this point blame the University of South Alabama for the manner in which the officers are trained.”

According to the family’s attorney when Gil went to student orientation, the chief of campus security made a presentation to families and assured parents they would do all they could to keep their children safe.

That didn’t happen.

Gil’s death was a tragedy for the Collar family, the police officer and his family, and the entire University of South Alabama community. This tragedy might have been prevented if the campus police department had a training program for officers on how to deal with people who are on drugs or are mentally ill.

This petition is to request that the University of South Alabama officials and law enforcement collaborate to

· establish protocol for responding to a mental health or drug-induced emergency using less lethal methods;

· train campus law enforcement in evidence based crisis intervention techniques, as well as less lethal weapons and equipment; and

· establish procedures for recognizing and responding to emergency situations and publish those procedures in the student and faculty handbooks.

By making these requests we hope to preserve the safety of students and law enforcement alike. It is our sincere hope that these requests are acted upon in order to avoid any future occurrences that may result in a student’s death.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. What is 25-I ? According to the article it's a hallucinogen but what is it?

      Caroline de Freitas
      Petition Organizer
      Investigation Shows Gil Collar Was on 25-I; USA Officer Cleared

      MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Local 15 News has learned new information about the deadly shooting on the University of South Alabama's campus. Deputies originally thought Collar was on LSD, but Friday we found out that was not the case. Freshman Gil Collar was shot and killed by a USA officer after Collar appeared naked outside the police station.

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. President Molton's Response

      Caroline de Freitas
      Petition Organizer
      USA officials will incorporate student voices into review of Gil Collar shooting after petition

      MOBILE, Alabama -- University of South Alabama officials have agreed to involve student-led discussion into their review of the Gil Collar shooting after a petition on Change.org got more than 300 signatures. Caroline de Freitas, a nursing student at USA, started a petition on Oct.

    5. News From The Press Register About The Petition

      Caroline de Freitas
      Petition Organizer
      Petition for 'less lethal' force on USA campus gains signatures, still no sign of university response

      MOBILE, Alabama -- The people at Change.org are pitching in to promote a petition to get University of South Alabama police more training in the use of "less lethal" force in the wake of the shooting death of Gil Collar, 18.

    6. Gil Collar Laid to Rest

      Caroline de Freitas
      Petition Organizer
      USA Student Gil Collar Laid to Rest

      (WETUMPKA, Ala.) - It's been one week since a University of South Alabama student was shot to death by a campus police officer. Saturday, Gil Collar was laid to rest in his hometown of Wetumpka, Ala. It was a packed house as family, friends and supporters gathered to pay their final respects to Collar, who was just 18-years-old.

    7. Great editorial by Frances Coleman on the Collar incident

      Caroline de Freitas
      Petition Organizer
      As police investigate campus shooting, here's what matters (Frances Coleman column)

      I'm pretty sure I know what most people thought when they heard that Gil Collar's parents have hired one of the region's best-known law firms: They're looking for money - and lots of it -- from the University of South Alabama. Who could blame the Collars if that were true?

    8. Footage from the prayer vigil yesterday

      Caroline de Freitas
      Petition Organizer
      "Life is precious": Vigil at USA in memory of Gil Collar sparks emotions

      MOBILE, Alabama -- "No matter how something happens or the circumstances, it's been a tough week," said Jim Mather, pastor at All Nations Community Church, as he led the vigil on Friday evening in memory of Gil Collar.

    9. State legislator hopes for investigation

      Caroline de Freitas
      Petition Organizer
      Alabama state legislator questions Gil Collar death, asks for investigation

      MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama State Rep. Barry Mask is asking what other police forces on university campuses would have done if faced with a similar situation that resulted in the shooting death of Wetumpka native Gil Collar. "I think the question is how other universities would handle this situation?" he said.

    10. Article with video of lawyer's statement and Gil Collar's parents

      Caroline de Freitas
      Petition Organizer
      Lawyer for Gil Collar family said shooting was avoidable

      MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- A lawyer for the family of slain college freshman Gil Collar said his firm, after reviewing a campus surveillance tape, saw nothing that justified the shooting of the 18-year-old by a campus police officer. "I can tell you without reservation nothing we saw in the videotape justified the use of deadly force in this case," Montgomery lawyer Jere Beasley said.

    11. Reached 250 signatures
    12. Email me if you would like a copy of the petition to get paper signatures

      Caroline de Freitas
      Petition Organizer

      I can email the petition so that you can get signatures on paper. If you do this I'll need you to keep everything organized so we can meet and I can get everything together to deliver to officials in person. If you live far away you can mail everything to me.
      My email is cel301@jagmail.southalabama.edu. If anyone knows any of Gil's close friends or family members please have them contact me if they would like to deliver the petition with me.

    13. Reached 50 signatures
    14. Prayer Vigil

      Caroline de Freitas
      Petition Organizer

      There will be a prayer vigil for Gil and his family at the USA Bell Tower Friday, Oct. 12 at 5pm

    15. Students have scheduled a protest

      Caroline de Freitas
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much for the support! There will be a protest in front of the USA police Dept. tomorrow starting at 11 am. Several local news stations plan to attend. I'll be there around lunch time collecting signatures. Hope to see you there

    16. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Leslie Vaughn MONTGOMERY, AL
      • over 1 year ago

      I have children and work with the public who sometimes are insane or mentally ill. I don't use weapons against them. There are alternatives.

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    • Danielle Tanner NOTASULGA, AL
      • over 1 year ago

      I am concerned for the safety of the students.

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    • Thomas Berrey WETUMPKA, AL
      • over 1 year ago

      He was one of my best freinds and i don't want this to happen to anyone else.

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    • Judy Melo ENTERPRISE, AL
      • over 1 year ago

      He was a young unarmed kid. Victim of school boy prank, then murdered by an unskilled security guard. The boy was a close friend of a relative and loved by many. A life cut short by ignorance.

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    • tyler gentry NEWTON, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      one of my best friends and on my wrestling team before his cowardly murder.

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