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Video shows naked student before he's shot

Associated Press Modified: October 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm •  Published: October 11, 2012
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The attorney for the student's family, Jere Beasley, said earlier Thursday that the shooting was not justified.

"I can tell you without reservation nothing we saw in the videotape justified the use of deadly force in this case."

Beasley said his chief investigator and one of his lawyers, a former police officer, were shown the tape Wednesday by the Mobile County Sheriff's Department.

The video shows the 5-foot-7, 140-pound student never got closer to the officer than 4 feet and didn't try to grab his weapon, Beasley contended. The lawyer said the video also shows the officer didn't wait for backup to arrive before coming out of the station.

"I have seen nothing to indicate to me that you ought to go out there with a raised gun against a guy who's buck naked, unarmed and in distress," he said.

Beasley said the officer was not carrying a baton or pepper spray, even though university officials have said officers typically carry both in addition to a gun.

Forensic scientists have not completed a toxicology report on drug use, he added.

"The fact that he came to the police station indicates that he was not necessarily looking for trouble. In fact, I think he was looking for help," Beasley said.

Collar's parents, Reed and Bonnie Collar, accompanied Beasley to the news conference, but did not comment. They sat in chairs, holding hands, bowing their heads and nodding occasionally. Beasley said they have been praying for the officer, but hold the university accountable for training its officers properly.

Beasley said his law firm will complete its investigation before the family makes a decision about whether to sue the university, but the family's ultimate goal is to make sure policies are in place to prevent the same thing from happening to another student.

Cochran said that investigators are working to determine who supplied Collar with the LSD and that that person could be arrested in connection with his death.

Collar's funeral is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Mulder Memorial United Methodist Church in his hometown of Wetumpka.