Mother of Black man killed by Ohio deputy: “My son was murdered in cold blood”


Casey Goodson Jr.’s mother, a 23-year-old black man Fat shot by a sheriff deputy Friday in Ohio, seeking answers about why her son was killed. Tamla Payne told CBS News that she believes Goodson was “murdered in cold blood,” adding that her family would continue to fight for a fair investigation into the fatal incident.

Payne told CBS News, “My son was murdered in cold blood and we have no answer as to why he was murdered.” “It’s not a question for me at the moment whether my son was killed or not.”

“My question is, ‘Why was my son murdered?” Payne asked. “And unfortunately, the coward took his own life and did not have enough courage to answer the questions as to why my son’s life was taken.”

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Casey Goodson Jr. was seen in an untied photo provided by family lawyer Sean Walton.

Family photo / courtesy of attorney Sean Walton via AP


Payne’s comments come as US marshals, with Columbus police and Goodson’s family all offered various accounts of the fatal shooting. After the shooting, US Marshal Peter Tobin said the victim was “seen driving on the road waving a gun,” and then at some point ” [the deputy] Faced him, and it went badly. ”

Tobin also told reporters that at least one person told investigators that he demanded the gun be dropped by the victim, according to CBS affiliate WBNS-TV, and the deputy listened to the gun being dropped. The US Marshals Service has not provided any additional information.

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Sheriff’s deputy Jason Meade posed in an untested photo.

Handout through Franklin County Sheriff’s Office


The Columbus Police Department investigating the shooting released separate information in a statement on Sunday. Police said Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Meade, who works with the US Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, spotted “a man with a gun” while looking for violent criminals on behalf of the task force. The department said there was a “report of oral exchange” before Goodson was killed. Police also said they had recovered a gun from Goodson, but did not say he was waving the gun before he was killed.

In an updated statement released on Wednesday, Columbus Police said, “The statements made by representatives of other agencies involved in Friday’s task force operation, were expressed by those who were not involved in the investigation and without knowledge” . “

Goodson was not a man sought by the task force. Police said there were no eyewitnesses and no body camera footage.

According to Goodson’s family, he was returning from a dentist appointment with three subway sandwiches in his hand when he was shot in the back at his grandmother’s door. Family lawyer Sean Walton told CBS News that Gudden collapsed in front of his 72-year-old grandmother in the house.

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Casey Goodson’s family said he was killed when entering his home, bringing subway sandwiches to his family, as seen in these photos provided by his lawyers.

Family photo / courtesy of Attorney Sean Walton


When asked about the claim that Goodson was “waving a gun”, Payne said, “Casey would never ride anyone waving their gun at him, let alone a police officer.”

“They regained that story because she was so far away,” he said, “because if she walked around waving the gun, my son would, at any time, allow himself to get out of the vehicle and walk two yards behind the gate. And killed as he was going into his house?

Walton said the family is not convinced that Goodson was carrying a gun when he was killed. But he did mention that Goodison had a concealed carry permit because Ohio is an open carry state.

“We don’t know if he had a gun, unfortunately, because we don’t have an answer at this point about what happened that led Jason Meade to choose Casey’s life that day,” Walton said. “But, you know, if he had a gun, it wouldn’t be surprising because he had every right to have a gun on it that day. And that in itself is not a crime.”

CBS News has obtained a copy of an initial case report that does not provide any additional information about the shooting. Meade has not yet spoken publicly, and police have not released a report detailing Transparent’s own account.

a Preliminary autopsy report Goodson’s death on Wednesday was described as a murder, stipulating that “several died from gunshot wounds.” Meade has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

“This family should not deal with this trauma without an answer,” Walton said. “This family deserves better. Black people are better in this country.”

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Tamla Payne, Casey Goodson Jr.’s mother, was seen in an interview with attorney Sean Walton on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

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There has also been a dispute over which agency will investigate the case. A spokesman for the Columbus Police told CBS News earlier this week that it requested the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to handle the case. But a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, which manages the bureau, issued a statement on Monday that rejected the request and criticized police for waiting for the bureau to be involved in the investigation.

“We received a referral to take up the shooting case involving a three-day-old officer. The BCI is not aware of all the reasons for the time elapsed before the case was sent,” the spokesperson said. , “We cannot be subject matter experts unless we are on the scene to document the evidence of what happened from the beginning. Three days later the crime scene is destroyed and the witness[es] All scattered does not work. “

The Justice Department announced Tuesday that its civil rights division would also review the case with the Cincinnati Division of the FBI.

Walton said federal intervention in the case is no guarantee that Goodson’s family will get justice. “We are here in 2020 because there is no one involved – the FBI, local police, state police, no one is involved – it keeps happening,” he said. “And so every once in a while, one officer is held accountable, but this is only when the country stands.”

“George Floyd’s killer was convicted because there was a video and the country stood,” Walton said. “Without that video, George Floyd would have been unable to tell his story. So here we are in a situation where Casey can’t tell his story – he doesn’t have to, because he has a powerful to do. The family is, “but also because there is evidence that we tell his story.

“That’s all we have, because we have no statement from Jason Meade: We have Casey’s door key, his keys. He had a Mickey Mouse symbol because he was very quiet and joyful,” Walton said. “We have subway sandwiches, all three on the floor next to a pool of blood.”

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