Anthony J. Thompson Jr., 17, was fatally shot by police officer.
Police responded to a call of an armed student on April 14, 2021. Officers found Thompson in a school bathroom. Police say when officers entered the bathroom; he fired at them, striking one officer, and was hit and killed by return fire from police.
About 48 hours after the shooting, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released more information about the shooting. It cautioned that the investigation was in its preliminary stages, but added this: The shot that wounded a police officer in the confrontation was not from Thompson’s gun.
Thompson’s death outraged community. His family and activists demand authorities release video footage of the police shooting. Three of four police officers involved in the incident call for footage to be released.
In April 2021, the state attorney General stated that the use of deadly force by a police officer was justified, and no charges would be filed against him.
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The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.