Family Questions Why DPS Officer Had to Shoot and Kill 16-Year-Old Alexander Wilson

Alexander Wilson's family wants to know why the 16-year-old had to die after a DPS officer stopped him while driving a stolen vehicle. 

On Thursday, more than 30 people marched at the Capitol and demanded answers. They swarmed the normally quiet hallways wearing shirts that read, "Fuck the Police." When they returned outside and a DPS officer parked next to their demonstration, they surrounded the car and put their signs in front of, and on top of, the squad car.

On this, the police report, Wilson's family, and Brown, the surviving passenger, are in agreement. But what happens after is where the stories diverge. 

Wilson had a warrant out for armed robbery. But family members talk about a kid looking to turn his life around. There was no alcohol, drugs or weapons found in the car, police say, and a toxicology report won't be out for weeks to decide if Wilson had anything in his system. 

Brown says Wilson picked him up in the Tahoe and told him it belonged to a friend. As the two headed west on Camelback, they noticed the DPS officer following them and so Wilson made a left turn to see if the officer would follow. Brown says the officer never turned on his lights or siren. Brown remembers that Wilson parked the car between a gas pump and a curb, which had a big blue clothes donation drop off depository in the center next to the road. The officer parked behind the two and got out of his vehicle. 

It was less than a minute between when they stopped and when Wilson died, Brown says. Maybe only long enough for Wilson to put the car in park, think for a few moments, and say, "I'm feelin' to smash, I'm feelin' to smash, I'm feelin' to smash." (The police report says Brown told investigators that Wilson said he was going to "slam it." The only reason this is odd, is if Wilson wanted to "slam" the DPS vehicle he would have to hit the squad car in reverse, and then pull forward to escape on the road. Brown says "feelin' to smash" means to get the hell out of here.) 

Brown says the windows on the vehicle had a pretty good tint, and they never rolled them down and never heard any commands from the officer. The next thing the two noticed was the flashlight on the bottom of the officer's AR15 rifle beaming into the driver's side window. Brown says the officer stood to the side of the vehicle, using the metal blue clothes depository box as cover. 

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