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‘We pray they’ll by no means return’ says household of son killed by US police

Christian Glass, 22, was shot dead by police in Colorado in June.

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Christian Glass, 22, was shot useless by police in Colorado in June.

The household of a 22-year-old Christchurch-born man hopes the American cops who killed him “won’t ever return” to legislation enforcement.

5 months after the killing of Christian Glass​, who was shot after calling 911 for roadside help, Colorado sheriff’s deputy officer Andrew Buen has been charged with second-degree homicide. Officer Kyle Gould was charged with criminally negligent murder.

They have been additionally indicted on expenses of official misconduct at a grand jury trial in the US on Wednesday (Thursday New Zealand time).

Glass’s household learnt of the choice through a sheriff assertion later that evening, and that the officers have been in custody and had been fired from the police division.

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In an announcement to Stuff on Friday, a Glass household spokesperson mentioned they “pray that they’ll by no means return” to legislation enforcement.

“The costs are an enormous reduction and this choice ends a number of weeks of fear for us,” the household mentioned.

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Warning – distressing content material: US police shot and killed 22-year-old Christian Glass after he known as 911 for roadside help.

”Nothing can carry our son Christian again to us. The crushing ache of his loss is a continuing in our lives. Our fervent hope is that these accountable for Christian’s homicide face accountability for his or her actions.”

Christian Glass was born and partly raised in Christchurch earlier than shifting to the US along with his dad and mom when he was a toddler.

The taking pictures occurred on June 10 in Clear Creek County, Colorado, an hour from the household house.

The household mentioned the state of Colorado was in regards to the dimension and inhabitants of New Zealand, and so they had lived in a low-crime space the place “by no means in our worst nightmares did we think about certainly one of them [children] being murdered.”

Glass at Sumner beach in 2009. His family say he loved collecting shells and rocks.

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Glass at Sumner seashore in 2009. His household say he cherished amassing shells and rocks.

Throughout a September information convention, Glass’ mom, Sally Glass, mentioned she believed her son had skilled a psychological well being disaster through the roadside help call-out.

Physique digicam footage confirmed Glass refused to go away his automotive – which was caught on an embankment – when police arrived.

He informed police he felt “terrified” and made a coronary heart formed hand gesture to them, however refused to go away his car.

Glass had informed them he had two knives within the automotive and supplied to throw them out of the window, however the footage confirmed the officers informed him to not.

After an hour of negotiating with Glass to go away the car, they determined he was uncooperative, and broke the passenger window.

Simon and Sally Glass comfort each other during an emotional news conference in Denver on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022.

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Simon and Sally Glass consolation one another throughout an emotional information convention in Denver on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022.

This appeared to panic Glass, who grabbed a small knife earlier than being shot with bean bag rounds and a stun gun.

Glass then twisted in his seat to thrust a knife within the path of an officer approaching the rear driver window. A unique officer fired his gun, taking pictures Glass six occasions in response to the post-mortem report.

The Glass household have been grateful to all concerned in bringing justice “not only for us however the group through which we stay.”

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