Kevin Brackett, the 16th Circuit Solicitor, held a press conference to declare the shooting as justifiable and presented photos and video to support his determination:
Rock Hill police were justified in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Yvette Williams, who pointed a realistic looking BB gun at them before she was shot, said Solicitor Kevin Brackett in a news conference today.
Video and photos shown to the media show Williams raised her gun at officers first and didn’t surrender.
She was holding a dark BB gun that looked like a .9mm pistol, according to the videos and photos.
“They responded to a highly charged, emotional life-and-death situation,” Brackett said. “A police officer’s job is not back down.”
The State Law Enforcement Division’s investigation is still ongoing, but nearly complete. The solicitor’s ruling is part of the investigation.
It's a tough call, but it's better to make a decision than to wait around or let politics interfere in the decision-making process. Just as important, Brackett presented the kind of evidence that can bolster his credibility, as well as convince others it was an unfortunate case of a teenager who made a regrettable decision, and not an instance of excessive police force.
We've already reached out to him to show our support for his willingness to make this tough call. We're asking our readers to show their support as well.