Osaze Osagie’s parents they “will forever regret reaching out to the police to seek emergency help for their son.”
Earlier this year, 29-year-old Osaze Osagie was shot down by a State College officer. Osagie was autistic and the police had gone to serve him a mental health warrant on March 20. The officials had claimed that Osagie was armed with a knife when the police had reached his home, the officers said that he confronted them.
A rally for Osaze Osagie is taking place outside the State College Municipal Building pic.twitter.com/4u9XQF5Mf7— The Daily Collegian (@DailyCollegian) May 8, 2019
Now, a Pennsylvania prosecutor says no charges will be filed in the death of Osaze Osagie. Centre County District Attorney Bernie Cantorna announced Wednesday that a State College officer was justified in shooting Osagie, The New York Times report.
Demand Justice for Osaze Osagie, a young Black man with autism, who was murdered by the police who were supposed to be checking on his wellbeing. Sign here: https://t.co/dfhYTqBGnW— Robert Alvarez (@thetarotman) May 2, 2019
Cantorna said in a 228-page report that officers "acted consistent with their training" and were in a "life or death situation." State police said race played no role in the shooting of Osagie, who was black.
Photos from today’s protest in response to the Centre County District Attorney’s ruling in regards to the case of Osaze Osagie. pic.twitter.com/oFYRCB1oiP— Pictures & Sixers (@rjamesleavy) May 9, 2019
Osagie’s parents said in a statement that the decision “opens a new wound” and they “will forever regret reaching out to the police to seek emergency help for their son.”
This is the District Attorney of #CentreCounty, Bernie Cantorna, equating the tragedy of losing a family member, to the "tragedy" that the officer has. These are not words of someone who is remorseful of the slaying of a life and the despair of a family #OsazeOsagie pic.twitter.com/NuI2QrvW5B— Elli🙏🏾t (@_DeuceTwo) May 10, 2019
Students at Penn State University and members of the State College community have organized around the hashtag #WeAreNot to protest not only Osagie’s fatal shooting but police brutality and systemic racism as a whole.
PHOTOS: The State College District Attorney will not charge the police who fatally shot Osaze Osagie, sparking a protest downtown https://t.co/Vgs08zZHza— The Daily Collegian (@DailyCollegian) May 8, 2019
Protestors in support of Osaze Osagie have staged a demonstration and blocked off parts of College Ave. Moreover, the Wednesday statement that no charges will be faced by any officers involved, has sparked a renewed outrage.
Protestors in the street held signs reading “Stop Killing Us,” “Dead White, and Blue,” “#WeAreNot,” and “Black Lives Matter.”
More of my photography from the protest for #OsazeOsagie Wednesday.— Alexis Wainwright (@AWainwrightTV) May 9, 2019
There were also counter protesters at the rally (pictured below). Police say 29-year-old #Osagie was shot and killed by officers serving a mental health warrant in March after he refused commands to drop a knife pic.twitter.com/ngYobNADaN