Black Teen Was Naked and Unarmed When He Was Shot and Killed by Police

Black Teen Was Naked and Unarmed When He Was Shot and Killed by Police

David Joseph, a 17-year-old African-American, was shot and killed by police in Austin, Texas.

Published February 10, 2016

Many are outraged following the news that David Joseph, a 17-year-old African-American, was killed by Austin Police Officer Geoffrey Freeman in Austin, Texas, Monday.

Joseph was reportedly naked and unarmed when the officers fired at him, according to the Austin Chronicle

“We are shocked and saddened,” David's family said in a statement, according to the New York Daily News. “He was taken from us in an unexpected and violent way and (we) are struggling to understand how our child was stolen from us by the police,” he continued.

Officer Freeman, who is also African-American, responded to a call Monday morning that a Black male was running after a person in an apartment building. The cop said that he opened fire after Joseph lunged toward him. Officer Freeman said Joseph had not followed his commands.

There is reportedly no dashcam footage of the shooting but the cameras did capture Joseph forcing himself towards Freeman, according to the report. 

Local officials have begun investigating whether Officer Freeman's actions were legal. 

This story is still developing. 

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(Photo: David Joseph via Facebook)

Written by Natelege Whaley


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