A group of University of South Alabama students plan to protest after a weekend shooting by campus police left 18-year-old Gil Collar dead. The student was shot and killed by a university police officer early Saturday morning after authorities say Collar, who was naked, charged at the officer. Few details have been released since Collar was shot, but organizers are already claiming the case is an example of police brutality. “Gil Collar was unarmed and naked,” organizers said on the event’s Facebook page. “Join us to make USA and its police force realize that this is unjustifiable and there were other means to restrain Gil besides killing him in cold blood.”
The event, dubbed the “USA Police Brutality Protest,” is scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. in front of the USA Police Department on Stadium Boulevard. Jonah Ark, one of the event’s organizers, said there were multiple reasons for the protest on the event’s Facebook page. “One is the death of Gil Collar,” he wrote. “Another reason is the change of policy of the campus police and how deadly force should have not been used whatsoever.” He said he hopes the protest will raise campuswide awareness of police brutality and “bring reform inside the campus police.”
Authorities have said little about the circumstances of the shooting as an investigation by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office continues. On Monday, the Montgomery-based Beasley Allen Law Firm announced it will launch an independent investigation into Collar’s death on behalf of his family. The family has asked the public to reserve judgment over the actions of USAPD and Collar until the investigation has been completed.