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Shock Video: Teen Boy Shot and Killed by Cop for Flashing Headlights and Flexing Rights

Eaton County, MI — It was announced this week that the officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Deven Guilford for flexing his rights this past February, will not be charged for any crimes.

Deven was traveling along the road and flashed his lights at an officer because his headlights were so bright that they nearly made Deven run off the road. He was then pulled over by Sgt. Frost of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, who stopped the young man for no other reason than the fact that he flashed his lights.

When Frost approached the car, Guilford explained that he was simply flashing his lights to be a polite driver, and let the officer know that his high beams were on so he didn’t cause an accident.

The officer began to get aggressive with Guilford when he was not immediately obedient and attempted to flex his rights during the traffic stop. Guilford refused to show the officer his license and registration because he had broken no laws and the officer had no reason to stop him.

Guilford also began recording the encounter with his cell phone and let the officer know that he was filming for his own safety. He then asked the officer if he was being detained and for what reason. He was told that he was being detained because he refused to comply with Frost and show him his ID. However, not showing his ID is a secondary offense, meaning the officer would actually need a real reason to pull him over to begin with.

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On a power trip, Frost violently ripped Guilford out of the vehicle and forced him down to the ground. Guilford attempted to remain filming while he complied with the officer’s orders and moved to the ground. Sadly, Guilford was not moving fast enough for Frost, so he tased the young boy. At this time, both the body camera and the cell phone footage got cut off.

Off camera, Frost shot and killed the young boy. The known details are sparse because the killing happened out of the view of the dash-cam, and the body camera was turned off at that point. However, the officer claims that the young boy attacked him, so he “feared for his life” and killed him, firing 7 shots from his weapon.

After the announcement that officer Frost would not be charged, the Guilford family released the following statement:

“There was no reason or necessity for the officer to physically remove our son from the car without considering other options to avoid an unnecessary violent escalation. It must be also noted that Deven was not in possession (of) any weapon and emphatically told the officer that he was not armed. We also have serious concerns about whether the officer used unreasonable force against Deven under the circumstances.”

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  • Lori Breland

    It amazes me that when this type of police shooting gets a white man or woman killed the media doesn’t seem to care one lick. But when it is a black man or woman it is all over CNN and other news outlets 24/7 for days or even weeks until another one occurs. If it wasn’t for The Daily Show host Trevor Noah mentioning the shooting in Fresno I never would have seen that story or this one either. I’m not saying that violence against one group is less heinous than violence against another, I am simply stating that our national media outlets are obviously biased and must take ownership of their own responsibility for the division that is occurring in our society today. As Americans we are not perfect, but our media should be unbiased and address each incident equally, but that is not what is happening. So much time and effort are expended making certain that this ‘racial’ divide continues. If we as Americans could just step back for a minute and realize that the perpetuation of this hatred will ultimately lead to the destruction of our country then maybe just maybe we might have a chance to thwart that undeniable future.

    • JessicaT

      I will

      • Jon Emeigh

        While flashing headlights, even as an attempt to communicate to another vehicle that their brights are on, is illegal in Michigan, the officer never told him that. He escalated the situation, not de-escalated it, by demanding obedience and respect without first explaining himself.

        A cop is not allowed to just pull you over on a whim without a valid reason to do so, and you are not required to provide him with your ID unless he first explains to you the offense you have committed.

        I’ve been pulled over about a dozen times in my life. The first question I always ask is what the offense was that I was supposed to have committed. Even when I know what that offense was, I still ask that question, and will not turn over my ID until the officer answers the question.

        Now- the driver was belligerent…that is true. And once it got to a certain level, discretion was the better part of valor. The conversation was being recorded, so he’d have that evidence.

        But the officer could have worked to defuse the situation as opposed to deliberately escalating it.

      • Jamie

        I’m pretty sure I can disrespect whomever the fuck I like.. But I live in the U.S. so it may be different where you’re from.

    • ChampIsHere

      So you’re in agreement with the black lives matter movement that we need better policing?


    • Kenneth Taylor

      When a questionable shooting happens to an African American, they mobilize and protest to call attention to it. I’m assuming East County Michigan doesn’t have that kind of presence or thought process.

  • Jason Strong

    I completely support the officer’s right to defend his own life. What I do not support, is the officer’s actions that created the situation where it became necessary to fire his weapon.

    • Kenneth Taylor

      A situation that he started and escalated.

  • Rassalas

    Body Cameras should not have off switches.

  • rynoth25

    I find it interesting that everyone is blaming the cop for one reason or another. “He escalated the situation” “He didn’t explain the offense the kid had committed”

    No one is talking about this stupid, punk kid who was belligerent from the beginning of the encounter. Deven doesn’t comply to any of the officer’s commands without heavy resistance and THAT is what escalated the situation.

    The officer is calm through out the encounter while Deven is trying play road side lawyer and doing a poor job of it. When I first started watching the video I was expecting a total douche cop and the minute this kid opened his stupid mouth I’m thinking, “What the fck is he doing?”

    And the other thing is at the end when he is tazed we see him attack the officer before the camera cuts out.

    Deven Guilford threw his life away because he was a dumb kid who thought he was in the right and thought attacking a cop was a good idea.

    If you think the cop is being unprofessional you get his/her name and badge number and you file a complaint with the precinct. You don’t try to settle things on a road at night with your fists against someone with a gun. Excersice common sense and have some fcking self preservation.

    • Robert Farquhar

      You mean he thought defending himself was a good idea? Just curious how old are you?

      • rynoth25

        First dump your romanticism about “children” being automatically innocent just because they’re children. Deven was 17 which is one year shy of being an adult and definitely old enough to know better.

        Second the job of a police officer isn’t a game. There aren’t rules in the police handbook that state, “You cannot fire your weapon unless the suspect ALSO possesses a weapon (of equal or greater lethality). In case you were unaware, fists can also be weapons and if attacked officers are trained to respond with deadly force.

        This “kid” was straddling the officer in the snow and punching him in the face repeatedly. Yet by your 3rd grade logic the officer should have calmly mused, “I shouldn’t use my gun because that wouldn’t be fair.”

        In the officer’s mind if the assailant gets their gun, they’ve just lost their life.
        If you’re asking, “Would I have done the exact same thing as officer Frost, if I had been in his position?” The answer is no.

        I’d have shot Deven the moment he charged at me. I’m a cop, I don’t get paid enough to take a beating from someone’s shitty “kid”.

        So thankfully the officer did what he was trained to do, and the world is short one less douche bag.

    • Robert Farquhar

      I saw the kid fight back after getting tazed. How is a 17 year old with no deadly weapon threatening to a police officer? Would you murder a 17 year old kid shoot him with a gun just because he charges at you after he was already harmed? If shooting and killing is the only way this police officer could handle this situation then he shouldn’t be a police officer I mean he’s supposed to be trained. Anyone in their right mind wouldn’t have shot that kid and the cops a piece of shit and obviously you are too.

      • Andrew Lothian

        They should study the reactions you get from being tazed. Could one be eratic muscle convulsions making it seem like you are resisting? anyway Im sure the Seventh shot was justified (Not).

        • rynoth25

          Tons of YouTube videos on the subject. Nothing that matches what is shown on the body cam. Devon was a moron and charged the officer of his own free will.

          Agreed on the number of shots. That cop needs to get back to the practice range.

    • Mike Keith

      You the biggest piece of shit I’ve ever seen, besides that cop.
      The fucking waste of person had the arrogance to pull people
      over, knowing full well that his car was fucked up and shining brightly
      into others cars. So instead of going into the garage and having them
      checked out, he has the fucking audacity to actually pull people over
      becuase they flashe him. Just that part shows anybody with half a brain
      cell that the cop is a fucking asshole piece of shit that has no business
      with a weapon. That kid looked about a menacing as a wet paper bag,
      so what does the cop do, he decides he is a scared little bitch and needs
      his wittle taser to defend himself. I hope that cop gets to pull over a real
      man someday and gets his as handed to him, cause I can’t think of a
      more deserving person. Any prosecutor saying that cop was in fear for his
      life should be out of a fucking job. Just like our fucked up system to protect
      it’s own people.

      For you to bring up how the kid was arguing just shows your level of
      intelligence. Guess what, cops are not fucking kings that can do
      whatever they feel like. You are actually allowed to argue with them,
      and it doesn’t mean you get to eat a bullet for it.

      • rynoth25

        It is against the law in Devon Guilford’s area (the state of Michigan) to flash your lights at another car. It was not a scheme perpetuated by a cop on a power trip. Devon broke the law, the traffic stop was valid, and all your ranting, and whining, won’t change that.

        Second, please let that “real man” be you someday. More Darwin awards given out means less stupid people for the rest of us to deal with.

    • Marc Shelton

      Rynoth25 must be a cop because no one else could be that fuckin stupid. You piece of shit cop worshippers should feel very fortunate that was not my son, because I would kill every last one of those ego maniac jack boot pricks involved in his murder…..every cop that gets a bullet in his face can thank these bitch ass pussies. Dim your fuckin headlights prick…..it’s that God damn simple….

      • rynoth25

        So am I a cop, or a “cop worshipper” cause it seems unlikely I would be both.

        • Marc Shelton

          It seems likely you’re both. If someone flashes their high beams at you you do one of 2 things. A. Dim your lights or B. Flash your high beams to show they’re not on. UNLESS.. …you’re an ego maniac pussy with a badge who says “No body flashes their lights at ME”. The prick had no reason to pull that young man over whatsoever. If you don’t have the intelligence to understand that, you’re a cop, a cop worshipper or yes……both.

          • rynoth25

            It is against the law in Michigan to flash your lights at an on coming car. The traffic stop was valid.

            The fact that you can’t seem to wrap your head around that makes me hope your son takes after his mother cause his dad is a retard.

          • Marc Shelton

            Actually, what I can’t wrap my head around is how fuckin stupid you are asshole. You don’t know your law for shit…….and if you think it’s ok to shoot a teenager dead for flashing their lights, I hope your son takes after ANY BODY but your stupid fuckin retarded ass, pussy.

  • Whitt2k1

    So the police officer acknowledges its a fault with his vehicle, and he had absolutely no reason to stop this guy. Complete bs….

  • Capt Turk

    No matter what you’ve been brought to believe, in reality, you have only one right in the United police States of Murica. That right is, “Comply or Die”.

  • Kenneth Taylor

    Wow….what kind of person would take a common courtesy action of reminding you of your bright lights as an insult?

    • Mr. Wrestling III

      A cop.

  • 1blueadept2

    this cop should be hunted down, and taken care of. The same way we do with rabid animals

  • Liz O’neill

    if that had been my son, that cop might as well put all his affairs in order, because the milisecond the judge let him walk, I would have put a full clip into him and have been happy to die for it or do a life sentence, the boys families life as they knew it is gone, he might as well have murdered the whole family.

    • DB Murphy

      And if I were on your jury, you would walk.

  • DB Murphy

    If you live in Eaton county MI, and are on a jury, everyone who kills, assaults or just pisses of cops, is NOT GUILTY!!! Lets use the jury system against them.

  • john obrien

    Im with you Liz, cop would meet my justice