Cover photo: family photo, via Associated Press
By Serran Soledad
On December 4, Casey Goodson Jr., a 23-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by Sheriff Deputy Jason Meade while arriving home from a dentist’s appointment in Columbus, Ohio.
Meade, as part of a cross unit US Marshal’s Task Force, was in search of a suspect when he encountered and decided to pursue Goodson, who was not a suspect in the initial investigation.
Meade claims that Goodson waved a gun at him, which led to a pursuit and an altercation at Goodson’s home, where he was shot multiple times in the torso. The police shooting was witnessed by Goodson’s 5-year-old brother. Currently there is no footage of the murder because Columbus law does not require law enforcement to carry body cameras.
Goodson’s family asserts that the deputy’s claims are fabricated. “They are lying,” Goodson’s sister Kaylee Harper posted on social media in response to the report. “My brother literally walked across the yard, walked into the back fence to get to the side door, had his subway [sandwich] and mask in one hand, keys in the other.”
Autopsy reports note that Goodson suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, but further details will not be released for several weeks due to formalities.
Goodson’s mother, Tamala Payne, stated that her son had no criminal history, an up-to-date concealed-carry license, and educated his family about gun laws and safety.
“He was just a Black man coming home from a dentist’s appointment,” she said at a press conference held by her and her attorneys. “He didn’t do anything. And he was killed and murdered, cold-bloodedly, in a violent manner.”
Goodson’s family were subjected to harassment by the sheriff’s department prompting a separate investigation over the reported conduct.
After shooting Goodson, Meade pointed his gun at Goodson’s uncle, who was holding his 3-year-old daughter, and ordered him to “get out of this house before I shoot you too.” Goodson’s mother also reported that she was called a “bitch” by an unnamed deputy on the scene, and that she was denied basic information regarding her son’s condition.
Local and federal authorities have initiated an investigation into the incident. Attempts to paint Goodson as the suspect of a crime to justify his murder are being contested by the family’s attorneys.
“Casey is not a suspect in any way shape or form,” said Sean Walton, one of the family’s attorneys. “Casey is someone who was killed on his kitchen floor simply because he is a Black man and his skin was weaponized.”
Goodson’s family demands that Meade be charged with murder and that an independent autopsy and investigation be conducted into the murder of Goodson. Protests against the police killing of Casey Goodson Jr., are scheduled for this weekend in Columbus.
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