The police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Anthony J. Thompson Jr. on April 12 will not be charged because the officer’s actions were self-defense. This was announced Thursday, April 22, by Knox County Attorney General Charm Allen.
“In the end, we concluded that Officer Klabow’s shooting was justified. This is a case of self-defense,” USA Today quoted Allen as saying.
She said the police officer saw the gun in the front pocket of Thompson’s sweatshirt “with his hand on the butt.”
“I spent four hours with the victim’s family reviewing the bodycam footage that was attached to the officer. In addition, I also reviewed the case information. Because of the findings, I refuse to indict the police officers in the death of the teenager,” said the district attorney general.
The school shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee occurred on April 12. It is noted that law enforcement officers received information during the day that a gunman had locked himself in a restroom at a local high school. Officers arrived on the scene and urged him to come out, but he did not comply.
As a result, the officers decided to storm the place. In response, the young man began shooting at law enforcement officers and wounded one of them. The attacker was shot and killed.
On April 21 in Columbus, a police officer shot and killed a 16-year-old African-American woman. Makaya Bryant called the squad because of an argument outside her home. Upon arriving on the scene, the police officer saw the girl was holding a knife. The police officer began shooting Bryant. The victim died at the hospital, where she was taken in critical condition. After the murder, the residents of the city came out to a rally.