Officer will not be charged in Collar case
Monday, 04 March 2013 22:48
Nearly five months after 18-year-old Gil Collar died of a gunshot wound to the chest at the hands of Officer Trevis Austin, we finally know the drug that spurred Collar’s erratic behavior.
The drug is called 25-I, similar to Mobile’s area code, 251 but has no direct connection thus far.
25-I is an often lethal hallucinogen that was only discovered in 2003. It is often marketed as LSD on blotter paper.
Collar was sold the drug at Bayfest for $10.
Authorities cannot arrest or charge the person that sold it to him because it is not on the controlled substances list.
District Attoney Ashley rich lamented her inability to prosecute the dealer.
“There is nobody that wants to see that young person pay for being responsible for bringing that into our community than I do,” Rich said.
This case will likely ensure that it is added. Among the side effects of 25-I are shaking, paranoia, fear and panic. Collar was also found to have marijuana in his system.
Officer Austin will not be indicted in the death of Collar, but the civil suit filed by the family still continues. University of South Alabama’s Public Relations Director Keith Ayers issued a statement.
“The thoughts of the entire university family remain with everyone involved,” Ayers said.
The public remains divided on the incident but with one idea constanly reiterated.
“The officers need to be trained to subdue a subject using non-lethal force,” Army student Michael Bishop told The Vanguard.
Officer Austin did not respond to requests for comment by deadline.
The Vanguard will have more on 25-I as well as any updates in the civil case as details are made available.