By: Courtney Harrington
In October 2010, 15-year-old Jeffery Green was shot by a Charlotte Police officer. The officer, Matt Wilson, who had been with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department since January of 2008, was called to the scene. Resident Valinda Streater had called 911 to report that she had been attacked by her, now, former boyfriend.
Once Police arrived to the scene,Wilsonwas unaware that the teenage boy, who approached him with a knife, was in fact Streater’s son. He ordered Green to drop the knife, but the young, distraught boy ignored the order, leavingWilsonfree to pull the trigger in fear of his life. Now, over a year after the shocking event, Green’s family is suing the city ofCharlottealong with Officer Wilson.
Streater contacted the local police department that Saturday night, stating that she had been stabbed and the same man was responsible for also vandalizing her car and kicking in her front door. As she waited for the police to arrive toBrandie Glen Road, she ran up the street searching for further help. It was at that moment that her son began to look for her. “He was coming for me. He was just coming up the street. It wasn’t like he was coming in a rage or nothing. He was just coming,“ Streater told reporters.Wilsonthen proceeded to fire his gun at Green when he refused to follow the order to drop the knife. According to investigations that followed the shooting, the knife Green possessed was 12 and a half inches in length. The knife was supposedly a kitchen knife the teenager found in his kitchen for a way to defend his mother.
“Before the shots were fired I said, ‘Don’t shoot him.’ When they had their gun drawn, I was like ‘Please don’t shoot him. That’s my baby,’” the boy’s mom explained. After Green was shot, he fled the street and ran as far as he could, but was found only a short distance away behind a nearby house. The injuries Green experienced were said to be serious as he was immediately transferred toCarolinasMedicalCenter.
The lawsuit that Green’s family is filing states that Officer Wilson failed to “properly follow police procedures and used excessive force on an unarmed 15-year-old boy, who is permanently scarred by the encounter.” It also explains that the city and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department failed to correctly train and watch over their officers properly. Green’s family is looking to get $10,000 out of the lawsuit for scars that can never be fully healed.