Father of NZ-born man fatally shot in US speaks out on verdict

The father of a Christchurch man fatally shot by a US police officer says his family has been seeking closure for almost two years.

Christian Glass, 22, died on 11 June 2022, after he was shot by police in Silver Plume, Clear Creek County in Colorado.

He was born in Christchurch but his parents Simon and Sally relocated to Boulder, Colorado, when he was 10.

Former Colorado police officer Andrew Buen was found guilty of reckless endangerment, but the jury could not reach a verdict on the murder charge, nor could they decide whether Buen was guilty of misconduct.

Christian’s father, Simon Glass, said the process kept dragging on.

“We felt it was a pretty clear case. We’re surprised and disappointed and looking forward to a re-trial or whatever they do next.

“It’s [the verdict] not enough, from our point of view, not at all.

“It’s been 22 months since Christian was [fatally shot] … we were told initially it was Christian’s fault. The officers [involved] … were only fired when the district attorney filed charges … so it’s been a very slow process.”

Last year, former police officer Kyle Gould pleaded guilty to failing to intervene to stop the unlawful use of force against Glass.

DENVER, COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 13: Simon and Sally Glass, the parents of Christian Glass who was killed by a Clear Creek County deputy June 11, speak to the media at their attorneys office on September 13, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Glass said the Colorado state had made positive changes since his son’s death, as part of a settlement deal, to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Clear Creek County has agreed to establish a dedicated crisis response team in the county by 1 January 2025, and to dedicate a public park to Christian.

In a statement after the verdict on Saturday, his parents also spoke about more training for officers in the state.

Lawyer Siddhartha Rathod, who is representing Glass’ parents, said a second trial could happen later this year.

According to the news on Radio New Zealand

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