Mark Wilsey, the young man's stepfather, told reporters that the family called police to help subdue Vidal because he was holding a small screwdriver and threatening to fight his mother during a schizophrenic episode.
But the situation appeared to be under control, with two officers restraining the 90-pound Vidal, when the third officer arrived and shot Vidal point-blank, Wilsey contended.
"Then all of a sudden, this Southport cop came, walked in the house [and said]: 'I don't have time for this. Tase him. Let's get him out of here,'" Wilsey said.
An officer used a stun gun on Vidal, "he hit the ground [and] this guy shot him," Wilsey said.
If that's the way it happened this guy needs to go up for murder one. Always details missing-but if 2 cops are restraining a 90 pound kid-and I assume the screwdriver was taken by this point- why was that not the end of it?
Post by DVM gone riding on Jan 8, 2014 0:25:29 GMT -5
It doesn't even make sense. I could sort of not really see tazing the kid if he was fighting them hard but a gun when two cops had him already Something is way off here. I hope with two other officers there we get an accurate picture of what happened.
Post by Green Eyed Lady on Jan 8, 2014 0:37:06 GMT -5
So do I, DVM, because I don't think this is anywhere close to the whole story. The article only gives the view from the people who obviously thought the kid was dangerous enough to call the cops on. The step-father states in the video that the kid wasn't threatening anyone, yet they called the cops to help subdue the kid because he was threatening his mother with a screwdriver. Something doesn't add up here.
I always get frustrated at people saying stuff like the guy "was only 90 pounds". Ask any police officer who's been on the job for any length of time how much damage a 90 pound person can do if they are drunk, on drugs or mentally ill. Being mentally ill does not give you a pass if you are endangering the lives of others.
I can't imagine what happened that made it necessary to use deadly force in this situation, but I wasn't there so I'll wait to hear the rest of the story.