Autopsy Finds Child Killed by Cops Was Shot in the Back Three Times


Claire Bernish | The Free Thought Project

Thirteen-year-old Tyre King was “more likely than not” running from Columbus, Ohio, police when Officer Bryan Mason fatally shot him, an independent medical examiner retained by the child’s family has now found.

Because results of the completed autopsy performed by the local coroner will not be revealed for another six weeks, King’s family hired Francisco J. Diaz, a forensic pathologist from Michigan, “to evaluate the number, characteristics and location of the gunshot wounds on Tyre,” the Guardian reported.

According to a statement from the family, published by attorneys Shawn L. Walton and Chanda L. Brown, Diaz said:

“Based on the location and direction of the wound paths, it is more likely than not that Tyre King was in the process of running away from the shooter or shooters when he suffered all three gunshot wounds.”

Police shot the 13-year-old multiple times as he fled an officer investigating a report of an armed robbery and brandished a ‘lifelike’ BB gun, according to authorities. Demetrius Braxton, 19, has since been arrested and charged in the robbery, during which he allegedly pointed a gun at a man and stole $10.

Walton confirmed by email to the Guardian Diaz conducted the examination on Sunday. Diaz noted to the media that examination was not an actual autopsy, but a two-hour review of the gunshot wounds, telling the Associated Press he “evaluated, took measurements, and made notations as to the characteristics of the wounds.”

Comparisons of the fatal shooting of 13-year-old King to that of 12-year-old Tamir Rice — who also had a BB gun in his possession — have similarities that cannot be overlooked.

Rice was shot nearly immediately after Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann arrived at the park where the child had been playing with the fake gun. That lethal shooting drew widespread outrage since Rice had committed no crime, and because Ohio is an open carry state.

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