Atlanta mayor pleads for patience after Georgia Tech shooting

Mayor Kasim Reed talks with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial board. Kent D. Johnson/AJC file

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called for patience Wednesday as investigators probe the shooting death of a 21-year-old student who was killed in a confrontation with campus police.

The mayor said the city would not “pile on” as Georgia Tech grappled with the aftermath of Scout Schultz’s shooting death on Saturday and a vigil Monday that turned into a violent protest that injured a campus police officer.

“I’m a firm believer that the truth takes time, and I think the leadership of Georgia Tech deserves the time and space to analyze and reform on their own before individuals outside the institution weigh in on it,” Reed said.

He added: “Our police officers make split-section decisions and they’re human, and we need to review this through that lens.”

Authorities say Schultz wrote three suicide notes and then called 911 to report a suspicious person on campus. Four officers found Schultz on campus with a pocket knife and asked the student to drop the pocket knife.

In a video capturing the incident Schultz can be heard responding, “Shoot me!” to an officer’s command to drop the knife. Schultz was shot and killed after ignoring the officer’s commands to stand in place, moving slowly towards the four officers who surrounded the Lilburn native.

Records show the officer had not undergone crisis intervention training, which trains police on how to handle mentally ill suspects. Gov. Nathan Deal said he he’s hopeful more local police officer take the courses, which he said are mandatory for state officers but voluntary for local authorities.

“I hope that more of the local law enforcement officers will take advantage of the training, and I think they will,” he said. “We’ve been in a situation where we had requests we couldn’t accommodate under the old structure – now we can accommodate them.”

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How touching that the mayor will not "pile on." Nathan Deal might take note.

Every single Democratic -- or Republican -- politician who has encourages the demonization of police is responsible for the demonization of police.

Every single Democratic politician who has pandered to the violent, narcissistic, spoiled, destructive brats who make up the campus protest culture is responsible for the violent, narcissistic, spoiled, destructive brats who make up the campus protest culture.  

Every single campus administrator who justifies his absurdly excessive paycheck by creating a parade of extra-legal "investigations" and virtue signaling, pseudo "teachable moments" out of criminal investigations that ought to be left to real legal authorities is responsible for the demonization of police -- and also responsible for the riots that destroy the academic resources with which the taxpayers have entrusted him.  His job should be to call the police, arrest lawbreakers, then get back to educating those students who are actually at Georgia Tech to be students.

Enough of this predictable and irresponsible spectacle.  Georgia Tech is a school, not a country.  They don't get to have different laws just because it makes administrators feel important and student rioters feel justified. 


During this presser Mr. Reed couldn't find a way to endorse Ms. Bottoms and tear on Mr. Mitchell?