Former Deputy Jason Meade Charged With Murder of Casey Goodson Jr.

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Jason Meade has been hit with both a murder charge and a federal civil rights lawsuit following the shooting death of Casey Goodson Jr. in Columbus, Ohio.

WARNING: This story contains discussions of a shooting involving a police officer. 

Former Ohio sheriff’s deputy Jason Meade has been charged with murder and faces a federal civil rights lawsuit in the case of Casey Goodson Jr., a Black man who was fatally shot five times in the back on Dec. 4. 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is also named in the lawsuit, which claims wrongful death and excessive use of force, per the Associated Press

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As part of his duties for a U.S. Marshals Service task group, Meade, a 17-year sheriff’s officer, was wrapping up an unsuccessful search for a fugitive—not Goodson. U.S. Marshal Peter Tobin initially stated Goodson confronted Meade when he drove by and waved a gun at him, but he later retracted those statements, citing “insufficient information.” 

Relatives dispute the allegations, saying Goodson was opening the door to his grandmother’s house when he was shot and the alleged gun he was carrying was actually a sandwich. Even if Goodson had been carrying a gun, the family has stated he did so legally. 

“It’s been a year of sadness, it’s been a year of grief, it’s been a year of pain,” Goodson’s mother Tamala Payne said of the indictment, per AP. “But I know that every day of this year, that my family and I wake up and just fight for what’s right.” 

Family attorney Sean Walton argues via the lawsuit Meade received hundreds of hours of guns and SWAT training but nothing on violent de-escalation techniques despite his terrible performances as a deputy. 

RELATED: Family of Andre Hill awarded $10 million from city of Columbus 

Meade, who had been on administrative leave from the sheriff’s office since the incident, retired on disability on July 2. 

The case is still being investigated by the US attorney’s office, with assistance from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, as well as two outside prosecutors appointed by Franklin County Prosecutor Gary Tyack. 

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by shootings involving police officers, resources are available here. 

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