|The tragic death of unarmed teen Deven Guilford has gotten the junk food media's attention.|
If it wasn't for #BlackLivesMatter you would have never heard of the tragic death of Deven Gulford.
Deven Guilford was a teen from Michigan who was on his way to see his girlfriend. He was driving on the road allegedly with his bright lights on.
Deven observed Eaton County sheriff Jonathon Frost with his high beams on. Deven flashed his high beams on and it caught the attention of Frost.
So Frost would eventually pull over Deven. The interaction between the two would end up becoming a deadly encounter. Deven was shot and killed after a traffic stop and a struggle with the deputy who made the stop.
The shooting which was captured on film shows that Deven was questioning why he was being stopped and detained. He also informed the officer he had no weapon and he was filming the officer.
|Michigan sheriff's deputy Jonathan Frost|
Sometimes police-citizen interactions will result in a warning or citation. Other times, it may merit an arrest or use of deadly force.
CNN reports that Guilford had just dropped his brother off at a church and was driving to his girlfriend's house in the town of Mulliken, according to an account of the stop from the county prosecutor's office.
Frost pulled the teen over and turned on his body camera before exiting his vehicle, multiple accounts of the traffic stop show.
"I couldn't see," Guilford says to Frost, as recorded on the body camera, complaining to the officer that the headlights of his vehicle -- a new SUV, according to the complaint and report -- were shining in his eyes.
"I didn't have them on," Frost responds, meaning his high beams. He asks the teen for his license and registration.
Guilford persists, and Frost continues to deny his high beams were on, asking more times for the driver's license. Their argument escalates.
Frost radios for backup as Guilford continues to refuse to produce his identification. Guilford makes a phone call and begins to record the interaction on his own cell phone camera. Guilford admits he does not have his license after Frost asks for it a sixth time. Frost wrests open the driver's door and points a Taser at Guilford, telling him to get on the ground to be detained.
Frost later writes in a narrative account of the stop submitted as part of the police incident report that he thought that in light of Guilford's challenges, the teen may have calling in reinforcements from a local "sovereign citizen or militia movement." The prosecuting attorney's report references a recent police bulletin that warned officers about such threats.
Guilford lowers slowly and reluctantly to the ground. Frost screams for him to lie down with his hands on his side. Guilford continues to film the scene and struggles from the asphalt next to his car.
Guilford, shown on Frost's body camera with his elbows propping him up on the side of the highway, his cell phone in his right hand, says, "This is what American--"
Frost grabs his phone and throws it feet away on the ground.
"You can't do that!" the teen cries, getting up.
|The law releases injuries of Frost to justify deadly encounter with Deven Guilford. It looks like the Taser barb ricocheted on his face.|
Frost discharges his Taser into Guilford's back.
The Taser was shot too close to its target and didn't administer a full shock, the report by the county prosecutor later noted. Instead of being incapacitated, Guilford leaps up angrily.
Basically what I believe is the Taser ricocheted into the face of Frost. Guilford didn't attack him. He got up and tried to move away from the Taser barb. That's when Frost drew his service weapon.
Only audio recorded on the body camera, and from Guilford's cell phone still recording on the ground nearby, captures what happens in the next 13 to 14 seconds: Heavy breathing, thumping noises, seven gun shots, and a scream.
Of course, Frost walks after the grand jury believed that he used justified deadly force. The bag 'em ups said that Deven had traces of marijuana and alcohol in his blood. The usual smear tactics created by the law enforcement to say that the deadly encounter was justified.
|Body camera on Frost showed Deven on the ground recording him. Frost kicks his phone and then the encounter.|
It's a damn shame. The family has filed a federal lawsuit against the Eaton County prosecutor, the sheriff's department, and Frost.
A Facebook group called "Justice for Deven Guilford," run by the family, is verdant with posts of support and pictures of the blond, ruddy-faced teenager.
Guilford's then-girlfriend, identified in his obituary as Brittany Patterson, wrote in the group in August: "Being someone's first love may be great, but to be their last is beyond PERFECT. It would of been 3 years this month."
On that cold night in February, Patterson arrived at the scene of the traffic stop shortly after Guilford was shot, the prosecutor's report said.
It was Patterson's car that Guilford had been driving to her house. It was she that he had called in the middle of the traffic stop, and she'd picked up only to hear what sounded like "someone was running or out of breath" the report said.
She had brought Guilford's wallet and driver's license, the report said. He had left them at her house.
World News Today send our condolences to Deven Guilford.