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Video of fatal University of South Alabama shooting shown to the media

From The Montgomery Advertiser: Video of the fatal shooting of a University of South Alabama student shows him with his arms outstretched and his palms open seconds before a campus police officer fired. The video was taken by a security camera outside the university police station, where 18-year-old Gil Collar was fatally shot early Saturday morning. Police say Collar had taken LSD, was naked and was acting aggressively, but an attorney for Collar's family says the video shows that none of the student's actions justified the shooting.


VIDEO From The Mobile County, Ala., Sheriff's Office says the student killed by campus police at the University of South Alabama over the weekend was on LSD at the time. Authorities say the student, Gil Collar, 18, had been at a music festival and had taken the hallucinogen prior to the confrontation with police. They say when Collar got back to the campus he stripped naked, attacked two cars, and tried to bite the arm of a woman inside one of the cars. Collar then went to the campus police station and tried to go inside.


From The Montgomery Advertiser: A police officer at the University of South Alabama in Mobile fatally shot a nude, 18-year-old student who was acting erratically. The university said in a release that Gil Collar was acting erratically early Saturday morning and repeatedly charged at an officer. Collar, a freshman, graduated earlier this year from Wetumpka High School in Wetumpa, Ala. Police heard a loud banging noise on the window of the campus police station at 1:23 a.m. Saturday and the responding officer found a muscular, nude man who was acting erratically.

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