No Charges In Fatal Shooting Of Autistic Black Man, Protesters Take To The Streets

No Charges In Fatal Shooting Of Autistic Black Man, Protesters Take To The Streets

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. 



 

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.  



 

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. 



 

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.” 



 

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. 



 



 

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.” 



 

Recommended for you