Christian Glass, 22, was shot and killed by police in Colorado in June.
The family of a 22-year-old Christchurch-born man hopes the US police officers who killed him will “never return” to law enforcement.
Five months after the murder of Christian Glass, who was shot after calling 911 for roadside assistance, Colorado sheriff’s deputy Andrew Buen has been charged with second-degree murder. Officer Kyle Gould was charged with criminally negligent homicide.
They were also charged with official misconduct in a US grand jury trial on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time).
Glass’ family learned of the decision through a sheriff’s statement later that night and that the officers were under arrest and had been fired from the police department.
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In a statement to things On Friday, a spokesman for the Glass family said they “pray they never return” to law enforcement.
“The charges are a great relief and this decision ends several weeks of worry for us,” the family said.
“Nothing can bring our son Christian back to us. The overwhelming pain of his loss is a constant in our lives. It is our fervent hope that those responsible for Christian’s murder will be held accountable for their actions.”
Warning: Disturbing content: Christian Glass, 22, was shot and killed by police in the US after he called 911 for help on the road.
Christian Glass was born and raised partly in Christchurch before moving to the United States with his parents as a child.
The shooting happened on June 10 in Clear Creek County, Colorado, an hour from the family home.
The family said the state of Colorado was the size and population of New Zealand, and they had lived in a low-crime area where “never in our worst nightmares would we imagine one of them”. [children] being killed”.
During a September news conference, Glass’ mother, Sally Glass, said she believed her son had suffered a mental health crisis during the roadside assistance call.
Body camera footage showed Glass refusing to leave his car, which was stuck in an embankment, when police arrived.
He told police he felt “terrified” and made a heart-shaped hand gesture at them, but refused to leave his vehicle.
Glass had told them he had two knives in the car and offered to throw them out the window, but the footage showed officers told him not to.
After an hour of negotiating with Glass to leave the vehicle, they decided he was uncooperative and broke the passenger window.
This appeared to panic Glass, who grabbed a small knife before being shot with puffer rounds and a stun gun.
Glass then turned in his seat to throw a knife in the direction of an officer approaching the rear driver’s side window. A different officer fired his weapon, shooting Glass six times according to the autopsy report.
The Glass family thanked everyone involved in bringing justice “not just for us but for the community we live in.”