Black, young and unarmed: The case of Cameron Tillman
Six weeks after Michael Brown's death, a police officer killed a black teen in Louisiana with no explanation
December 6, 2014 11:30AM ET
by Ranjani Chakraborty @ranjchak & Sheila MacVicar @Sheila_MacVicar
America Tonight | December 4, 2014
HOUMA, La. – Cameron Tillman, a high school freshman and talented athlete, with a 3.7 grade point average and no reputation for trouble, was shot dead on a Tuesday afternoon.
The house where Cameron died has been empty for about two years, and neighbors say local kids, with the knowledge of the owner, had been using it as an afterschool hangout.
The knock came a little before 5:30 p.m. The four other teens in the house say that when Cameron opened the door, police opened fire. A Terrebonne Parish deputy planted four bullets in Cameron’s 14-year-old body.
The police had received a 911 call about "armed men with guns" going into an abandoned home. The local sheriff said Cameron came to the door with a gun in his hand, but that was later changed to say a BB gun was found "in close proximity" to his body. The teens say the BB gun was on the table.
Cameron was alive for at least 45 minutes, according to the family's lawyer. But the police offered no medical assistance. The investigation is ongoing, but two months on, the four other boys in the house say they still haven't been interviewed.
Jerry Larpenter, the parish sheriff, called what happened a "freak accident," but hasn't explained the behavior of his deputies. The night of the shooting, he handed the case over to the Louisiana State Police to investigate.
Since then, the family and neighbors say the only contact they've had with investigators are search warrants issued for the boys demanding fingerprints and DNA samples.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
This is morally disgusting:
Posted by Steve J. at 7:51 PM