March 16, 2009

Update: GVSU students protest shooting of Derek Copp, hold ‘Why was our friend shot’ signs – " A friend of Derek Copp, Karah Bradshaw, 19, said she has visited Derek at the hospital, and he’s up and talking. She said the bullet hit him in the upper chest, but the bullet traveled downward and did damage. She said there should not have been a drug raid of Copp’s apartment…"

"About 40 people had gathered on campus by 11:30 a.m., including student Ben Rose, a protest organizer and friend of Copp. Both lived in the off-campus complex called Campus View apartments.

"’We’re out here because we’re outraged at the police brutality,’ He also is spreading word about a protest planned at the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department on Monday afternoon

"The students shouted, ‘We want safety, not dead students.’ Sayings on signs included, ‘Our campus is not a war zone’ and ‘Why was our friend shot?’ Another said, ‘Police brutality.’"

Mom: shot GVSU son ‘never had chance’
Wood TV 8
March 16, 2009

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A Grand Valley State University student shot by an Ottawa County deputy told his parents he lifted his right arm to cover his eyes from a bright flashlight when the shot was fired.

He told them he didn’t know it was a police officer shining the light.

“He never even had a chance to even see who was coming at him, with a bright flashlight in his face,” Sheryl Copp, the mother of Derek Copp, told 24 Hour News 8. “He had no clue. He heard someone knock on his door, and he had no clue.”

The bullet entered the right side of Copp’s upper chest, broke ribs, ruptured his right lung and went through his liver, his parents said. It remained lodged in his lower back, nearly protruding through his skin, they said.

Doctors, they said, were planning to remove the bullet Friday.

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