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When a College Employee Shoots a Student

Armed security forces have been standard on campuses for several decades. Is that too big a risk?
Source: Jim Young / Reuters

“Twenty-one, mental. He’s a mental,” a into his radio as his car approached Charles Thomas, a fourth-year student at the University of Chicago, on Tuesday night after reports of possible burglary and damage to buildings. Three campus police officers had responded to the call. Thomas, who according to police was holding a metal object, began walking toward the officer, . “Drop that weapon,” the officer, who had stepped out of his squad car, said, pointing his gun at Thomas, according to the video. A little over a minute passed, and Thomas began charging at the officer before the officer allegedly , hitting Thomas in the shoulder. (Thomas faces charges of aggravated assault of a police

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