Chad Copley Lied About Neighborhood Watch After Killing Unarmed Black Teen
My grandmother always said, “If you’ll lie…you’ll steal. And if you’ll steal…you’ll kill.”
Early Sunday morning, Chad Copley, of North Carolina, stole the life of an unarmed black teen when he shot and killed him.
Then, he called 911 and lied about being a “neighborhood watchman” when the shooting occurred.
Via NY Daily News:
Chad Copley called 911 early Sunday morning and told cops he was “locked and loaded” before firing “a warning shot” from his garage that struck and killed Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas, who had gone to a party several doors away.
“I’m on neighborhood watch,” Copley told a dispatcher during the call. “I’m going to have the neighbors with me. There’s hoodlums out here racing up and down the street. It’s 1:00 in the morning, um, there’s some vandalism. They have firearms, and we’re going to secure our neighborhood.”
But Copley’s own neighbors said there is no neighborhood watch, and that residents are instructed by police not to take matters into their own hands, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
There is a Neuse Crossing Homeowners Association, but it has no authority at all to try to protect the neighborhood, a spokesman told the newspaper.
“The association is mainly concerned with covenant enforcement and social functions, like mowing the front entrance and fixing things,” said Mike Ellis, a spokesman for the group.
“We do not give residents police powers at all. The homeowners association has certain responsibilities and obligations, and none of that can be construed as law enforcement. We can make you mow your lawn but not law enforcement.”
Copley has been charged with first-degree murder. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
This feels like Trayvon Martin all over again…