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USA students protest Gil Collar's death

Protestors make their voices heard at the USA campus police station Wednesday. (Source: WPMI) Protestors make their voices heard at the USA campus police station Wednesday. (Source: WPMI)
Some protestors supported the police officer. (Source: WPMI) Some protestors supported the police officer. (Source: WPMI)
Some protestors thought the police officer's actions were not warranted. (Source: WPMI) Some protestors thought the police officer's actions were not warranted. (Source: WPMI)
MOBILE, AL (WSFA) -

Students at the University of South Alabama protested the death of Gil Collar Wednesday in front of the campus police station. Some also came to support the officer who fatally wounded the teen.

The protestors are upset over the way the officer responded to the incident, going for his gun, even though Collar was naked and unarmed. Some chanted, "Don't shoot us."

About a dozen students held signs and chanted outside the USA police department. They wanted to know why pepper spray, a stun gun, or a baton was not used in the confrontation.

Collar was shot and killed early Saturday morning shortly after a campus security guard responded to noise that turned out to be the Wetumpka native's banging on windows. Authorities say the freshman threatened and then charged at the officer who shot him.

Autopsy tests indicate Collar, who his friends describe as a model citizen, had LSD in his system. Witnesses say he assaulted at least two other people prior to his encounter with the officer.

Approximately 500 people attended a vigil for Collar at his alma mater, Wetumpka High School, Tuesday evening. They released rubber ducks, an image of which Collar often wore during wrestling matches,  into a pond in his memory.

The Mobile County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death, and Collar's family has retained legal counsel to perform its own investigation.

A surveillance video captured a sequence of events in the incident, and authorities say the Collar family and members of the media will be able to review it, even though it will not be made available to the public. The Mobile County Sheriff said the video did not show all of the incident.

A news conference has been called for Thursday morning by the Collar family's legal counsel, the Beasley-Allen Law Firm.

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