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Tyler Cassidy

by Horror Sleaze Trash on November 4, 2011

Saw this production locally, got me thinking back to the Tyler Cassidy case.   Avoiding my personal opinion on this,  i think this was an important event that didnt get the closure it needed.

The young dude was obviously coming up hard against the grain, went out in a blaze.  Good to see dudes out there still asking questions.

“My son was a 15-year-old boy growing up, learning his way through life. He was at school and had a part time job. He loved family gatherings and celebrations. He had a great network of friends. He was starting to think about the future, wanted to be an apprentice chef when he finished school. He had a lot of great ideas about his future. He was learning to understand himself better.

He was talkative, loved, opinionated and he would always stand up for himself.

He was a great debater, knowledgeable, social and loving.

Rather than leave us to grieve there are those who have sought to smear my son and my family in some way in an attempt to justify what occurred. Why have they felt the need to spread those stories to the media? Perhaps this shows a consciousness on their part that the police officers should have handled things differently that night.”

~15 December 2008, Shani Cassidy.

On 16 December 2008 the Daily Telegraph / AAP reported “Officer tried to shoot Tyler Cassidy’s legs in Melbourne”.

It said one of the three police officers who shot and killed a teenage boy reportedly tried to shoot his legs as he advanced on them, allegedly wielding two stolen knives. Tyler Cassidy, 15, was shot and killed by three of four officers he confronted in a skate park in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote on Thursday night. Tyler had allegedly threatened to kill them with the knives. Tyler lured police to the scene with two hoax calls reporting an emergency near the scene where he died, The Age has reported.

Un-named police sources told the newspaper one of the officers who shot at the boy tried to shoot his legs in a bid to incapacitate him. Officers failed to subdue him with two blasts of capsicum spray and warning shots as he advanced. When Tyler continued to advance, three of the four police involved in the shooting fired at his body until he fell. Tyler died at the scene.

The report said Tyler was hit twice in the legs and twice in the chest and several other shots missed him. The officer who did not shoot said she could not because another officer was in her line of fire, The Age said.

Tyler had allegedly armed himself with knives stolen from a KMart store at the nearby Northcote Plaza shopping centre, the newspaper said. The first hoax phone call reported an aggressive man armed with a shotgun at a Northcote building site. Police arrived at the location but declared the reports false because there was no building site in the area. Minutes later, he told KMart patrons and staff to call the police or he would start killing. Meanwhile, a woman who saw Tyler minutes before he was gunned down, has used a letter to The Age to deny the boy was aggressive before his death.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she and her partner were confronted by Tyler after he left the KMart. She said they felt “nervous maybe, but not threatened”. “I did not encounter someone ‘violent and irrational’ or ‘angry’,” the woman wrote. “I cannot comment on his behaviour before when he was in the shopping centre, or after when he was with the police, but I can remark on our short encounter with him minutes before he was shot. “He patted our dog on his way to the skate park.”

The woman said Tyler was “a kid who needed to sit down and talk”. Tyler’s funeral will be held at St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Queens Parade at 2pm (AEDT) on Thursday.

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