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State and Nation

October 11, 2012

Lawyer: Video doesn't justify shooting of student

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"The fact that he came to the police station indicates that he was not necessarily looking for trouble. In fact, I think he was looking for help," Beasley said.

Collar's parents, Reed and Bonnie Collar, accompanied Beasley to the news conference, but did not comment. The sat in chairs, holding hands, bowing their heads and nodding occasionally. Beasley said they have been praying for the officer, but hold the university accountable for training its officers properly.

Beasley said his law firm will complete its investigation before the family makes a decision about whether to sue the university, but the family's ultimate goal is to make sure policies are in place to keep the same thing from happening to another student.

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