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After shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy, Columbus police have charged a 16-year-old girl with his murder.  They allege that even though the teen was killed by a member of their SWAT team, it was all her fault.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, on December 7, Columbus police set up an undercover operation in an attempt to stop a series of robberies. Officers reportedly used social media to arrange a transaction with 16-year-old Julius Tate Jr. to purchase an item Tate had offered for sale online.

When the officers met with Tate, they say he pulled out a gun and robbed the agent. That’s when they say backup SWAT team member Eric Richard shot the teenager. Tate was pronounced dead at a local area hospital, according to Sgt. Chantay Boxill, a Columbus police spokesperson.

But, witnesses tell a different story.

Tate’s family are reportedly considering filing an unlawful death suit against the officers after the family attorney said that witnesses disputed the police account.

“I have a sworn affidavit from an eyewitness that says that this was done totally different than what has been put on the news,” said Byron Potts, who is representing the Tate family. “That he was basically shot in cold blood.”

Potts told WOSU that eyewitnesses have said that the deceased did not pull a gun and that officers only recovered a gun after searching Tate’s home.

“They shot him on the street, then came back to the house and got a gun from the house,” Potts says. “He did not have a gun on him at the time this happened.”

Shortly after the family began to speak out police charged Tate’s 16-year-old girlfriend, Masonique Saunders and charged her with murder and aggravated robbery, claiming she is to blame for his death.

Police allege that Saunders “played a role” in the robberies and is therefore responsible for Tate’s death.

“Under what historically has been called ‘felony murder,’ which means that you’re still responsible for a murder if you cause the death of another as an approximate result of committing certain kinds of serious offenses,” police spokesperson Denise Alex-Bouzounis told WOSU.

“In a situation where say there’s two people involved in a robbery, they go in to rob and then police shoot somebody, and police are actually the ones who did the direct killing, we still say the felons were approximately causing that death and should be held responsible under this felony murder doctrine,” according to Ohio State law professor Douglas Berman.

Tate’s shooting was the second police shooting during a sting operation that week. Two days earlier, 18-year-old Kyler Collier was shot by SWAT Officer Robert Vass, when Vass says Collier tried to rob him during a sting operation similar to the one where Tate was killed. Police say they recovered a gun that belonged to Collier.

That shooting was the fifth time that Vass has been involved in an incident where he or another officer with him fired a gun.

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15 thoughts on “Ohio Police Kill Teen, Charge His Girlfriend With Murder

  1. Quit trying to rob people and you won’t have to worry about getting shot, killed or jailed. Work for what you want like the rest of us.

  2. Ted Gravely on said:

    I pray she gets a good attorney. If I was on the jury, “not guilty.” She would be innocent or a hung jury. #45 questions the system. Right. He called Cohen a “Rat.” Orange puppet called his former attorney a rat. Yeah, black people you’re woke. Step on these pink idiots, Russian bots, and coons like the roaches they are. Not Guilty. The coward racist cops got it wrong again. Stop sending our people to jail for their stupidity.

  3. Mac Daddy on said:

    Sure the no snitchin, fock the po-po witnesses in the hood are the gold standard of truth. You will never find healing if you can’t admit to the problem

    • Mac Daddy on said:

      The problem lies with everyone except us? Is that what you up in here selling Charles? Nicc@ you best get your jive azz and your boyfriend Ted, steppin ‘. Cause we sick of the blame game here at BAW Central

      • Jive ass? Lol! Why does this person have to feel the same as you who are you? You just right all the time you’re the standard? How exactly do you know exactly what happened? Were you there? You got the inside scoop? Police go out of their damn way to not shoot white offenders, I literally just saw a video of a white person threatening then throwing a huge rock at a cops head kicking running ect. They shoot? They’ve not been shot after actually shooting police so don’t act like there is no double standard and you have no idea how it happened and neither do I difference is I’m not passing judgement. Your whole little spaz out was stupid and unnecessary.

      • @shawn- i saw the same story. I also said had that been a blk person, male or female, the cop would have pumped 50 billets into them. The white woman even threathed to kill them. Double standard all day everyday in white americkkka.

  4. How would SHE be responsible when HE robbed people on his own…these police are so full of shit it’s beyond a SHAME….. ESPECIALLY if he didn’t have a Weapon

  5. You got to be fucking kidding me!!!!!!! It is a damn shame that black folks still have to endure this foolishness in this day and age and I for one am sick and tired of their shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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