Christian Glass: Colorado cops tase, shoot and kill youngster who called 911 after car accident

When the police came, Christian Glass refused to get out of his car, while cops yelled at him to come out

Christian Glass: Colorado cops tase, shoot and kill youngster who called 911 after car accident
Christian Glass was shot dead in the car after refusing to comply with Colorado officers's instructions (Screenshot/Clear Creek County Sheriff's office)
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CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, COLORADO: Christian Glass, a 22-year-old who called 911 for assistance after a car accident, was shot and killed by Colorado police after they tased and shot him five times.

In a press release, the Clear Creek County Sheriff's office stated that Glass was shot on June 11 after he was "argumentative and confrontational" and attempted to knife an officer after officers broke a car window to apprehend him. Body camera footage shows cops approaching Glass, who asked for assistance in moving his car out of a bush. When the police came, Glass refused to get out of his car, while cops shouted at him to come out. "Please, push me out, drag me out, I'll follow you to a police station, I'm so scared," Glass said as he feared for his life. For more than an hour, Glass refused to come out of his car before taking out a knife, prompting police to fire bean bag rounds and tase Glass before firing into the car.

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Officer asking Glass to step out of the vehicle (Photo credit Screenshot Clear Creek County Sheriff's office)
Officer asking Glass to step out of the vehicle (Screenshot/Clear Creek County Sheriff's office)

As state officials look into the killing, his parents, Simon and Sally Glass, are now asking that the cops be held responsible. "Christian was experiencing a crisis, and he called 911 for help," said the parents' attorney, Siddhartha Rathod. "And yet these officers busted out Christian's window, shot him six times with bean bag rounds, Tased him multiple times from two Tasers, and then shot him five times," he added. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is in charge of investigating police shootings, but the family wants prosecutors to bring charges, Rathod said.

In a statement published on September 13, Heidi McCollum, the district attorney for the Fifth Judicial District, which encompasses Clear Creek County, said that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and her office are both looking into the matter. McCollum said her office intends to release a report on the incident or send the matter to a grand jury, which will decide whether or not indictments should be filed.

The press-released footage shows Glass refusing to exit his car, telling authorities he's “terrified,” and making heart gestures with his hands. He can also be seen praying with folded hands at one point, saying, “Dear Lord, please don't let them break the window.” Glass appeared to panic and grabbed a knife as the cops broke the window. The clip shows police shooting Glass with bean ball rounds and shocking him with a stun gun before the young man turned in his seat and pointed a knife toward an officer. The officer then shot Glass with his weapon before Glass stabbed himself as cops begged him to stop. "You can save yourself," one of the officers shouted. “You can still save yourself!’

The autopsy report confirms that Glass was shot five times in the chest and sustained six wound paths in total. Rathod has also argued that the deceased showed no signs of any mental illness while his parents have labeled the cops as bullies who have been acting too aggressively since the reformation of police policies.

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