Cop Says Robert Redus Attacked Before Fatal Shooting, Parents Say Otherwise

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The family of a San Antonio university student shot and killed by a campus police officer says the police account is inconsistent with their son’s character.

Robert Redus, a 23-year-old student at the University of the Incarnate Word, was shot repeatedly Friday when he charged campus police Capt. Chris Carter after a traffic stop, Alamo Heights police have said.

But in a statement to the San Antonio Express-News ( ), the Redus family said they do not believe the report.

Redus “has never been an aggressive or confrontational person. … For him to confront a police officer would be completely out of his character,” the statement said.

Chilling Audio With Student’s Last Words To Cop Released: ‘So You Are Going To Shoot Me?’ (VIDEOS)

In December 2013 a campus cop, shot honor student Cameron Redus dead in front of his Alamo Heights, Texas apartment at around 2:00 in the morning. Redus was a 23-year-old senior who would have graduated from Roman Catholic University of the Incarnate Word in the spring of 2014.

The details of the case remain murky, because of course Cpl. Chris Carter didn’t have his dash cam turned on. He claimed he stopped Redus for speeding and driving erratically, and that he had to shoot because Redus acted drunk and belligerent. Apparently, white privilege doesn’t go as far as it used to. Still, five shots seems rather excessive.

Fast forward nearly a year and three months later: KENS 5 reports that the Bexar County grand jury as usual declined to indict Carter on Tuesday. But the court did release a 13-minute audio recording of the encounter on Thursday.

In the audio, the more than 13-minute confrontation plays out. The video of the incident only shows the back seat of Carter’s police truck. A front-facing camera in the truck was not operational, investigators have previously said.

KENS 5 adds that Redus’ parents had demanded the release of this audio for over a year.

KENS 5 is publishing a transcribed version of the video for our viewers. The audio was released by the Alamo Heights Police Department in response to a KENS 5 open records request. The Redus family lawyer has heard the recording. The family has fought for this recording to be released to the public for more than a year.

The audio begins after Carter pulled Redus over for speeding. But things seem off-kilter from the get-go: Carter immediately begins treating Redus roughly, and orders Redus to get out of his car and to put his hands down on the hood. Things quickly escalated with Redus protesting that Carter was scaring him and Carter responding as though Redus was resisting arrest and acting more brutal, intimidating and coercive.

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