SCOUT SCHULTZ: WHY DID GEORGIA POLICE SHOOT DEAD GEORGIA TECH LGBT STUDENT LEADER?
Georgia Institue of Technology student Scout (Scott) Schultz, who was shot and killed by police, is seen at his high school graduation in this family photo released on September 18, 2017. Courtesy Schultz family/Handout via REUTERS
Video footage of the standoff shows Schultz slowly walking towards officers and shouting “Shoot me!” during the standoff. The officers are heard encouraging Schultz to drop the knife on several occasions. “Nobody wants to hurt you,” one of the officers said at one point in the video.
After the shot is fired, Schultz screams out in pain and crumples to the ground.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said it was conducting an independent investigation into the incident and would provide the results to the local district attorney’s office. The officer who opened fire has not been named.
Schultz, born Scott Schultz, did not identify as male or female and was majoring in computer engineering at Georgia Tech. The victim’s mother, Lynne Schultz, told the Journal Constitution that Schultz was a talented student but suffered from depression and had attempted suicide two years ago.
She questioned why police used lethal force. “Why didn’t they use some non-lethal force, like pepper spray or tasers?” she said, adding that Schultz had been shot in the heart.We are distraught over the loss of Scout Schultz. They were an incredible, inspirational member of our community and a constant fighter for human rights. Please join us in celebrating and honoring their life and the contributions they made to campus and the greater Atlanta community.
The president of Georgia Tech, George P. “Bud” Peterson, said that the incident marked a “heart-wrenchingly painful time” for all at the school and offered condolences to Schultz’s family.
Schultz was the president of the Pride Alliance at Georgia Tech, an organization for LGBTQ students, staff and alumni.
“We are deeply saddened by what has occurred. They have been the driving force behind Pride Alliance for the past two years. They pushed us to do more events and a larger variety [of] events, and we would not be the organization we are known as without their constant hard work and dedication,” said the group in a statement, using Schultz’s preferred gender pronoun.