Shooting of USA student could lead to new college weapon policies
Mobile, AL (WPMI) – The deadly shooting of a University of South Alabama freshman by campus police could lead to a review of college weapons policies.
Authorities say 18-year-old Gil Collar was naked and high off a hallucinogen when he assaulted others and chased a campus police officer.
That officer shot Collar in the chest, killing him.
State Representative Barry Mask is pushing for change in light of Gil Collar's death.
Mask says, “We would just hope that there would be a review of all our universities and two-year campus securities and to review their protocols and their training and hopefully their inventory and availability of non-lethal equipment.”
Mask says he was shocked to here that officer Trevis Austin and other USA cops don't carry tasers… ever.
Students that protested on campus felt the same way.
A student says, “I definitely feel like the officer made bad choices but, you know, I don't know what I would've done in the situation. I'm not gonna try and pass judgment on him or what he did. This isn't about that. It's about getting them the proper tools and the proper training so that this doesn't happen again.”
After doing some digging I found out that south isn't the only school with this policy. The University of Alabama Birmingham has the same set-up as USA.
Campus police carry guns, pepper spray and batons, no tasers.
At Troy University, only some officers carry batons. Only three carry tasers.
Auburn university doesn't even have campus police.
The city took over in 2004.
“I think there should be a statewide standard, you know, let's to work on it.”
University police officer Trevis Austin is on leave while investigators review the shooting.