As the Free Thought Project previously reported, on Sunday, July 26th, Zachary Hammond was viciously murdered by police while committing the ‘crime’ of assisting a woman with purchasing a plant. Hammond, 19, who was not armed, was shot through a side window “in self-defense” according to Police Chief John Covington.
However, the Hammond’s attorney says that the autopsy report proves otherwise.
After reviewing the autopsy report, the Hammond’s attorney, Ronnie Richter, stated:
“The autopsy indicated that the first shot went into Hammond’s left rear shoulder, throwing him forward in the car, and the second one went at a downward angle into his side from the rear, through his heart and lungs and leaving out his lower right side. The entry wounds were five inches apart. The shots were so close in proximity to each other that it would be physically impossible unless the car was stopped and the officer came up very close to an open window,” Richter said. “We don’t know all the facts, but we know that Zach Hammond did nothing to deserve to die in a Hardee’s parking lot that night, and from the evidence that we reviewed it’s clear that the shot that killed Zach Hammond came from behind not from in front.”
The person Hammond was assisting, Tori Morton, 23, who was luckily uninjured in the melee, was charged with simple marijuana possession and released Monday.
This charge proves the truly ridiculous and immoral nature of the incident as well as the war on drugs altogether.
“This was so senseless,” Richter said. “For a passenger who allegedly was in possession of marijuana, this kid got killed.”
Even if Hammond had been guilty of this crime himself, the maximum penalty he faced according to the law, was a fine or 30 days in jail. Instead, this innocent young man had his life taken away by senseless violence at the hands of armed policy enforcers.
Unfortunately, little information is being released about this incident and the Oconee County Coroner is referring all questions to local and state authorities. It has been reported, however, that the officer has been placed on administrative leave. He has still yet to be identified.
Sadly, Hammond’s case is not an uncommon one in South Carolina. The state is on pace to have its bloodiest year of officer-involved shootings in more than a decade, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, reports Huff Post. Hammond’s death was the state’s 29th cop-involved shooting in 2015, SLED said. At this rate, South Carolina will reach 50 shootings by the end of the year.