Austin NAACP President, Nelson Linder joins FOX 7's Rebecca Thomas to discuss the shooting involving Austin Police and an unarmed, naked teenager Monday morning in Northeast Austin.
Witnesses said the 18-year-old was naked and acting erratically and the officer did not use his taser or other weapons before opening fire.
The Austin Police Department has a policy in place for use of force.
It says in part:
When determining whether to apply any level of force, a number of factors should be taken into consideration.
Some of those factors: The age, size, and strength of the suspect.
Influence of drugs, alcohol or mental capacity.
And, the proximity of the suspect's weapons.
The policy also says:
An officer is justified in using deadly force if the officer believes it is necessary to:
- Protect himself or others from threat of death or serious bodily injury.
- If the officer believes the subject has committed or intends to commit serious bodily injury or death, or:
- The officer reasonably believes there is a threat of serious injury or death to others -- if the subject is not apprehended.