Hundreds Gather For Second Day Of Protests For Casey Goodson Jr.

Dec 12, 2020

For the second day, protesters gathered in downtown Columbus to demand justice for Casey Goodson Jr., a 23-year-old Black man fatally shot by a white sheriff's deputy. 

Goodson's family stood in front of the Statehouse steps on Saturday, wearing matching sweatshirts that read "Justice for Casey" and have a painting of Goodson on them.

"The amount of love and support for my son that we're getting right now is overwhelming," Goodson's mom, Tamala Payne, said to the crowd. 

Payne's children gave tear-filled speeches about their brother, saying that he served as a father figure to them. He was the oldest of 10 children, and had recently switched jobs to help support his family. 

Goodson was shot and killed by Franklin County Sheriff's deputy Jason Meade on Friday, Dec. 4.

"My son was murdered in cold blood by a coward, who took an oath to protect and serve, and he didn't," Payne said. "I want justice."

Law enforcement and Goodson's family have differing accounts of the shooting. Meade says Goodson pointed a gun at him, but his family says he would not do something like that – Goodson had a license for concealed carry, and was passionate about gun safety.

Goodson's mother and sister cry during the protest Saturday.
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Meade was not wearing a body camera – which sheriff's deputies do not have – and no witnesses have come forward.

"They'll make up things like he pointed it, he reached for it, he brandished it," said the family's lawyer, Sean Walton. "But not Casey. Casey knew the laws. He understood safety. He had a right to protect himself and his family."

Goodson was on his way home from a dentist appointment carrying a bag full of sandwiches for his family when Meade confronted him. Goodson's keys were still in the door when he was shot. 

Several protestors held their keys and a sandwich in their raised fists in solidarity with Goodson's family. 

Protestors hold keys and sandwiches in the air to represent what Casey Goodson Jr. was holding before he was shot.
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"Black people are deserving of protection," Walton said. "We deserve to heal. We are tired. This family is tired. This family deserves to heal and to grieve. But Tamala insists she won't rest, because she needs justice for Casey. She won't eat. She won't sleep." 

Goodson's death is under investigation by both local and federal authorities.