Bodycam Released of Police Shooting Teen in High School (*Graphic*)

Bodycam footage was released of police fatally shooting 17-year-old Anthony J. Thompson Jr. in Knoxville’s Austin-East Magnet High School on April 12.

Police were called to the school after his ex-girlfriend’s mom lodged a formal complaint of domestic abuse. When they arrived, they found Thompson in a bathroom stall. When he was told to put his hands behind his back, Thompson appears to struggle as he seemingly reached for a handgun in his hoodie, which discharged amid the struggle.

Officer Jonathon Clabough thought his life was in danger when he saw Thompson’s hand on the butt of the gun, according to Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen. Clabough can then be seen removing his weapon and shooting Thompson in the shoulder, firing again as Thompson fell to the floor with the officers surrounding him. Clabough fired a second shot, which accidentally hit Police Officer Adam Wilson in the leg.

The footage also showed another student in the bathroom who was handcuffed on the floor, where he can be heard crying out after Thompson was shot. A medical examiner’s report showed that due to the way Clabough shot Thompson, there was nothing the officers or school nurse could have done to save his life.

D.A. Charme Allen stated that “This is a self-defense case,” adding that no charges would be filed against the officers. It has also been revealed that Thompson’s family has hired high-profile civil rights attorney Ben Crump.

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