Three North Carolina Cops First Taze, Pin Down, & and Then Shoot to Death 18 Year Old, 90 lb Schizophrenic Boy in His Home While Horrified Parents Look On
"They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help and they killed my son." Mark Wilsey, father of 18 year old Keith Vidal
[The Southport policeman who apparently did the shooting on January 5, 2014 in the hallway of the boy's home is Bryon Vassey. Boiling Spring Lakes Officer John Thomas and Deputy Samantha Lewis of the Brunswick CountySheriff office were already on the scene and apparently were having success in calming the boy down and diffusing the situation when Vassey showed up and told the cops to "taze him and let's get him outta here." Upon hearing this, the boy attempted to run into the bathroom when he was hit with TASERS. He fell backwards in pain and then Thomas and Lewis pinned him down. The father attempted to step in and take the 6 inch screwdriver away from the boy when Vassey said "we haven't got time for this," took out his gun, and shot the boy in the chest from 4 feet away. Vassey was going to shoot a second time, but the father stopped him. Vassey would later report that he shot the boy because he had "to defend himself" (full details of the incident are described further below). Vassey needs to be removed from law enforcement and indicted for murder. The other two also need to be held responsible for allowing Vassey to take charge and escalate the situation into deadly, cold blooded murder.
If you want to see your loved ones killed before your eyes by the demented cretins who now wear badges in this country and call themselves 'police officers,' then you call the cops the next time your child, or husband, or brother, or father or grandfather acts up and doesn't cooperate with you as you would like. I just re posted a radio interview I did with Don Nicoloff in 2008 that overviews this very scenario of cops killing innocent people with TASER guns over non threatening, insignificant issues...Ken Adachi]
January 8, 2014
Lawyer defends officer in BSL shooting investigation
Posted: Jan 05, 2014 Updated: Jan 08, 2014
By: WECT Staff
Boiling Spring Lakes, NC: (WECT) - A lawyer in Brunswick County is defending the officer accused of shooting and killing 18-year-old Keith Vidal [right] on Sunday.
Internal review shows no law violated by officer where teen shot, killed
The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief has cleared his officers of any wrong doing at the scene. Chief Brad Shirley says an internal review shows his officers did not break any laws. They responded to help Keith Vidal's family, during what they called a schizophrenic episode. Ultimately, Vidal was shot and killed.
Vidal's family has hired a team of lawyers. They're calling the investigation a "cover-up" by law enforcement and the District Attorney's Office. The officer from the Southport Police Department who allegedly fired the shot has also hired an attorney.
James Payne would not go into detail about what happened, but maintains that his client didn't do anything wrong.
"We have full faith and confidence in all agencies involved," said Payne. "To say it's a cover up is saying that these men and women lack integrity and that's not true."
Payne invited WECT.com to his office on Tuesday, promising a "different perspective" on what happened that day. However, he refused to give us the name of the client he is representing. Payne also did not go into specifics about the case but he believes his client should not face charges.
"Law enforcement officers are called to many scenes and many things can happen in a split second that are totally unexpected," said Payne. "So, one should not be hung up on a certain period of time to draw conclusions from that."
According to Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, an internal investigation of the deputy who was assisting during the incident shows she did not discharge her firearm.
Ingram said the investigation determined Deputy Samantha Lewis "did not discharge her firearm during the incident, but did engage her Taser."
"Our Office of Professional Standards determined her actions to be appropriate, within policy and was not in violation of any NC laws," said Ingram. "Details of the circumstances that lead Dep. Lewis to utilize her taser will be forthcoming as the investigation progresses."
Lewis was cleared to return to active duty.
"I would like the family of Keith Vidal to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers," said Ingram. "I am a parent, as are many of the men and women who serve at the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, and I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child under any circumstances."
A detective from the Southport Police Department is on paid administrative leave after an officer involved shooting that happened at a home in Boiling Spring Lakes Sunday afternoon.
According to Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove, Detective Bryon Vassey was placed on leave in connection to his involvement in the shooting, though Dove would not confirm if Vassey was the one who pulled the trigger.
Vassey has been employed at the Southport Police Department since December 2004. This is the first time he's been placed on administrative leave.
The District Attorney's Office held a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss the incident. The family said they were not invited to the press conference, but showed up anyway with signs, pictures and posters hoping for justice for their lost loved one.
According to a spokesperson for the District Attorney's Office, deputies were called to assist officers with the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department with an initial response to a home on President Drive.
At the scene, Mark Wilsey said officers shot his son.
According to District Attorney Jon David, three officers were involved in the incident, but he couldn't release their names due to an ongoing investigation by the SBI that he and the leaders of the three agencies that responded to the scene requested.
David would not release any details about the investigation, but a Brunswick County event report revealed new information about the officer who shot and killed Vidal.
According to the report, the first unit on scene was a Boiling Spring Lakes officer who arrived at 12:34 p.m. He was joined shortly after by two additional BSL officers and a Brunswick County Sheriff's Deputy.
The first unit on scene reported a confrontation in the hallway, but told Brunswick County Dispatchers several times that everything was OK.
Unit 104 from Southport arrived on the scene at 12:48:41, fourteen minutes after the first officer had already been on scene.
Seventy seconds later, Unit 104 radioed out that he had to fire shots at the subjectin order to defend himself.
Father says 18 year old son murdered by Southport Police officer
What the family is saying
The event report mirrors what family members told the media.
Wilsey said his family called the police to help with his son Keith Vidal who has schizophrenia and had a small screwdriver in his hand. Officers used a Taser on Vidal and then shot him, according to Wilsey.
Wilsey said officers came into their home after they called for backup help when Vidal was having a schizophrenic incident.
Wilsey said officers had his son down on the ground after the teen was tased a few times and an officer said, "we don't have time for this." That's when Wilsey says the officer shot in between the officersholding the teen down, killing his son.
"There was no reason to shoot this kid," Wilsey said. "They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help and they killed my son."
The family said police shot Vidal because he had a screwdriver in his hand. They said it was a tiny screwdriver, though, that would not have hurt anyone.
Both parents said they had to watch their son die in front of them. They said Vidal had just turned 18 years old and only weighed about 90 pounds.
Vidal's mother, also at the scene, said she could not understand what happened.
"Where is the justice, why did they shoot my son?," she asked. "This is what's wrong with our mental health system."
According to David, investigators responded to the scene immediately and began working as a team to start gathering evidence. The district attorney said investigations area a search for the truth, and he's confident that everyone involved will find the truth.
The family said they recently lost their daughter in a car accident and this is the second child they will have to bury.
Neighbors said Vidal played with their children and he never was violent. They said he had a history of depression and schizophrenia, but he was never harmful to others.
Vidal's mother said she had tried multiple times to get Vidal help for his mental illness. Emergency services treated her for a breakdown at the scene.
Vidal was apparently a student at South Brunswick High School. According to a spokesperson for the school, a crisis team was at the high school Monday to offer support for students and staff.
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Keith Vidal... The Day After Disaster
By Aowens84 | Posted January 6, 2014 | Southport, North Carolina
Yesterday I reported on the story of young Keith Vidal. A promising individual with the world at his fingers, Who was brutally murdered in the floor of his family home by a man sworn to protect and server his community. Unconfirmed reports have said that Detective Bryon Vassey with the Southport Police department was the officer in connection to the shooting. Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove Would not confirm the role Vassey played in the situation, but did announce that Detective Vassey had been placed on Paid leave for the duration of the investigation. After today's press conference which none of the family was invited to attend many felt that The Good Ole Boys Of Brunswick County were once again tring to sweep something huge under the rug.
Let me stress this point before I go any further, I am not in any way form or fashion saying that all police are bad. The officers that protect and serve there communities as they would thier own familys are all over our great country. And it is a shame that one persons actions reflect badly on a whole group. No one was out of line that day Except for one person. The person who made a life or death decision in less than 30 seconds of being on scene.The Initial officers John Thomas of the Boiling Springs Lakes Police Department and an un named female officer [Deputy Samantha Lewis] from Brunswick County Sheriffs Department Had the situation fully under control. As heard in the C-com recording and reports from eyewitnesses. The Report Goes like this, The first unit on scene reported a confrontation in the hallway, but told Brunswick County Dispatchers several times that everything was OK. Unit 104 from Southport arrived on the scene at 12:48:41, fourteen minutes after the first officer had already been on scene. Seventy seconds later, Unit 104 radioed out that he had to fire shots at the subject in order to defend himself...
I will leave all speculation to you... I am writing this with a bias heart. Keith Vidal Was like a little brother to me. This is a small town, everyone knows everyone.. This will never be forgotten..Keith will never be forgotten.
I have been with the family Since I found out what happened. I was there to see his shoe marks on the wall, I was there to see the dried pool of blood on the floor where he took his last breath, I listened to his father standing there describing and pointing to the place inches from my feet where my friends life was taken in cold blood. My people reading this are going to say well I'll just wait for the official findings... Well you do that.. Like I said before we live in a small town and KNOW what happened.. The Family has been advised by their attorneys to not make any more statements.. BUT have not asked me to stop Preaching for Keith.. So with that Said I will Describe in detail the events of the day with no filter or manipulation of any kind, straight from the mouths of the people who were all crammed in that small hallway with Keith in his final moments.
[Description of What Happened]
January 5, 2014 at approximately noon, The Family of 18 yr old Keith Vidal Called 911 to assist them in getting their mentally unstable child to the hospital for evaluation. When the first officers arrived on scene they were very calm cool and collected and approached Keith to negotiate with him.. 15 mins into the Negotation A Southport Officer [Bryon Vassey] entered the home and instructed the other officers to "tase him and let's get him outta here." Reacting like anybody would, Keith turned and tried to flee into the bathroom to his left.. Both of the officers tasers connected with Vidal and he collapsed backwards on the floor incapacitated from the electricity, as the 2 first responding officers jumped on top of the 5ft - 5 inch, 100 pound Vidal , and as His father attempted to help, the third officer reached around the father and shot Keith in the chest from 4 ft away. In a matter of less than five minuets they had wisked all officers involved away. Left with only a pool of blood on the floor and Keith's Timberland boot laying in the hall his family recieved the call that Keith had died. The investigation was offically on. As it sits now the family has still yet to be able to have access to their son's body.
I can sit here and type all night about why or how or who, but none of that will bring Keith back.. What I can do is make DAMN sure that America does not stand for this kind of brutality.. Share this story people because next time it could be you...Help us bring Keith's Killer to justice..We will be starting a kick starter account tomorrow to help cover the costs of Keith's funeral..
I will continue to report on this as more information becomes available. Please Remember a Share can save a life..
The pictures included in this story are of the hallway in which this massacare accured.
It also includes Keith's 18th birthday present. New Drums.
Please feel free to visit Keiths youtube page and see his talent for yourself..
[This sceond report on the incident from Andrew Owens (with slightly differnet detail) was posted by CNN on Jan. 6, 2014]
18 year old killed in family home by police By Aowens84 | Posted January 6, 2014 | Southport, North Carolina
Today is a somber day for the Wilsey/Vidal Family in Boiling Springs Lakes North Carolina. Around 1 pm on Sunday January 5th, A call for help to the local police department turned Deadly.
Keith Vidal Was only 18. He celebrated his 18th birthday on December 10. Keith was a fun loving kid with a dream of becoming a famous drummer. He enjoyed basketball, hunting, fishing and the company of his family and friends. Keith Suffered from Depression and schizophrenia which he was on medication to control. We all know someone who has been touched by the hand of mental illness. Whether it be in the form of bi-polar disorder, dementia,Alzheimer's, or schizophrenia, we try to be compassionate and understanding to those handicaps.
Today that was not the case.
Vidal's Father contacted the Boiling Springs Lakes Police Department around 1 pm Sunday to try to get help putting Vidal in the car, so he could be taken to a mental evaluation. Vidal was abrasive and did not want to go. and picked up a small electronics screwdriver.Two Officers responded to the scene and started negotiating with Vidal. After about 10 mins the situation started defusing itself with Vidal becoming more rational. At that very moment an Officer From another Town Entered the residence and instructed the officers to stop talking and tase Vidal. As Vidal tried to flee into the bathroom adjacent to where he was standing the two officers simultaneously shot him with their tasers. As Vidal Collapsed backwards on to the floor the two officers jumped on top of the 5ft 3 100 lb Vidal to restrain him.. As Vidal's Father tried to step in and grab the screw driver The Southport Police Officer that had instructed the other officers to use their tasers, moved between the father and the pile of people on the floor and said " We don't have time for this" And shot Vidal Once in the chest as the other two Officers held him on the floor. Vidal's father then grabbed the officer as he was lining himself up for another shot. The officers name as been withheld pending an internal investigation. Brunswick County District Attorney John David was on the scene just a few minuets after the news of the Shooting happened. He has Launched an SBI investigation into today's tragic events.
I Knew Keith Vidal Personally. There aren't any words that can express how deeply hurt I am that this happened. Today the world lost an awesome person. Keith was like a little brother to me. I sat many times with him and listened to him play drums, or sat in a hot condo stand with him waiting for a pig to mosey out to eat some corn.. Or just watching his drumming videos saying "man this kids talented". I have been to the place it happened and seen the carnage left in the wake of a bad decision.
Despite what any news organization or police representative says to try to justify this cold blooded murder, The facts of the matter are as follows..FIRST THINGS FIRST ( Keith didn't threaten anyone with the screw driver, He merely stated it was his screwdriver and that he didn't want to put it down.) Two full grown , Officers of the law, attempted to calm Keith down. If they had stayed their course things would have been fine. Instead a rash and unforgiving 3rd party decided they didn't have time to save a life, and instead of help, he decided to END a promising young life. Keith Vidal was a very passionate kid and loved music and basketball more than any thing on this earth..He had many friends and will be dearly missed. He loved his family and they in return loved him.. Today was a tragedy. S.O.P couldn't have been followed. There is no way that Keith deserved to die today... In support of the family I would ask all of you to please pray for the Wilsey/Vidal Families and If you are local, Please help stand against Police Brutality and Unjust Shooting Deaths.
Keith shall never again grace us with his illusive smile, He may never play another game of Team Deathmatch with his buddies on xbox, and he may never bang his drums in Madison square garden.. But what we can do for him is make sure that his death was not in vain. We can push and demand justice for this travesty. We can establish laws to protect the mentally ill when they are in their dire time of need. We can refuse to accept the fact that in North Carolina a young man may be held down in his own home tased and then shot by the people who were called there to help.
There are no hear say statements in anything I have posted... I have talked to the people involved.. Keith was Murdered in the hall way of his home by a Southport Police Officer in Boiling Springs Lakes. The officer said "concern for officers safety" was the reason he shot Keith. Yet his concern for officer safety Was null and void when he fired his weapon into a mass of bodies on the floor at close range.. He could have just as easily killed one of his own.. If it weren't for Keith's Father grabbing the officer, He would have shot him again.. Keith was a big person in a small body. About 5'3 to 5'5 and 90 to 100lbs Keith was small for his age. Trained officers should know the difference between a 6'5 335 lbs monster and a 5'3 100lb kid.. All that I can say is PASS IT ON. DO NOT LET THIS BE SWEPT UNDER THE GOOD OLE BOY RUG.. DO NOT LET THIS MAN GET AWAY WITH MURDER.. NEXT TIME IT COULD BE CLOSER TO HOME. KEITH WAS SHOT LIKE A DOG IN THE FLOOR OF HIS HOME. . PLEASE HELP US AND DEMAND THE TRUTH AND FOR JUSTICE TO BE SERVED.
Rest In Peace Little Brother, you will be forever missed..
[Oh, I see. He didn't have "CIT TRAINING for mental health." That explains everything! Case closed....Ken Adachi ]
Detective on leave didn't have CIT training for mental health
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A detective on administrative leave for his involvement in an officer-involved shooting has not completed a widely-recognized training program for emergency responders and mental health situations.
Crisis Intervention Team training, offered by Coastal Care, is a 40-hour course that teaches first responders about the signs and symptoms associated with mental health.
Kate Murphy, Member Communications Specialist for Coast Care, said the program relies on law enforcement officers and mental health experts to teach the coursework, which includes role-play scenarios.
Agencies can offer their own in-house training, but CIT training is a internationally-recognized model, according to Murphy.
Detective Bryon Vassey with Southport Police Department is currently on administrative leave for his role in the officer-involved shooting that claimed the life of 18-year-old Keith Vidal.
Vassey has not completed CIT training, according to SPD Chief Jerry Dove. He said several of his officers have, but not all of them because of the size of his force.
"I can't send them all at once," Dove said Tuesday afternoon.
There is no recertification process for officers, but Murphy said there are refresher courses available. She added that the first issue of a newly created news letter was just sent out to officers who have completed training.
J. Michael McGuinness, who is representing Officer John Thomas with Boiling Spring Lakes Police, in this case said he expects first responders to encounter more situations involving mental health.
"It seems we've got a very stress laden society," he said. "We have individuals with all sorts of, not just mental but physical, conditions that can impact their behaviors."
BSLPD Chief Brad Shirley shared a release earlier Tuesday that said all of his officers cleared an international investigation into their handling of the officer-involved shooting.
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