Richmond Police Officer indicted with murder of Chesterfield teen
A Richmond Police officer, who was off duty at the time of the incident, has been indicted with second-degree murder in relation to the shooting death of Paterson Brown Jr. on Oct. 17, 2015.
David L. Cobb was indicted by a Chesterfield County Grand Jury Wednesday for second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in relation to the incident.
At about 9:40 a.m. on Oct. 17, 2015, Cobb, a Richmond Police officer who was off-duty at the time, was having a vehicle washed at the Sunoco gas station at 7559 Midlothian Turnpike.
Police said Brown,18, who was not employed by the gas station or car wash, entered the off-duty officer’s car and drove it through the wash. That’s when the off-duty officer approached Brown and told him to get out of the car. That, police said, led to a confrontation.
“During the confrontation, the suspect was shot and he was transported to Chippenham Hospital where he later died,” a Chesterfield Police spokesman said.
Police said that no weapon was recovered in the vehicle or on Brown’s person. Surveillance video recovered, during the investigation indicates that during the confrontation the off-duty officer physically struggled with Brown, police said.
Cobb turned himself in Thursday. He is currently being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.
We live in the country where carjacking is punished with death but murder of kid with a toy gun is regarded as justified action. Both cases have something in common: black man dies at the hands of police. African Americans are expected to be violent. Why? Such distrust makes these sad things possible. People shouldn’t be judged by the color of their skin. Prejudice should fade away. Slavery was abolished but racism is still existing. It’s all wrong. White people, look at us without prejudice. We want to live!