Christopher Jerome Thomas' Family Wants Answers

The energy was powerful in the Evergreen Plaza as family, friends and supporters spoke about the friend they lost on Thursday.

That friend is 22-year-old Christopher Jerome Thomas.

He was shot during what police call an investigative traffic stop.

But it quickly became something else.

Thomas was shot five times and died on the scene.

As a result of the shooting...a local group called concerned mom on the move, wanted to bring the community together so they could show support to Thomas' family.

People spoke on how great of a person Thomas was and how upset and confused they are about the entire situation.

And really all they want is justice.

"And you know we are not defending the fact the he should have stopped the car or that he was trying to get away from...we are not defending that. We are defending the fact that they could have diffused this in a different way. His life is worth more. He was twenty two years old and he deserved to have a life," said Sheliah Bryant.

The group is now trying to raise money to help the family with funeral services.


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  • by ketavious Location: dothan al on Jul 29, 2012 at 08:47 AM
    who whould stop a vehicle if is a unknown car bumbing you no lights on
  • by Popular Location: Alabama on Jul 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM
    The Fact is that the young man was wrong on so many levels. He knew he was wrong, He should have never got behide the wheel when he knew what he had on him. I beleave with all my heart that the cop did't want to shoot, just like every cop say STOP THE CAR!!!!. before any shoots where fird.Just like the young boy family going throw pain so it the cop in his family. BLack are White dosent matter its the fact the young guy was in the wrong. From my eyes I think if they worked they wouldnt have to raise money from the funeral in not live off fokes that do work. None of this would even matter Just saying.
  • by bill Location: alabama on Jul 12, 2012 at 05:37 PM
    Everyone wants to argue. The fact is what's done is done, and it's sad that some one lost their life in the sutuation. But I belive the officer used his better judgement to act in what he thought was best for his and the public's saftey, and until you're put in a situation like he was in, you really don't know what you would have done. If that officer would have let him drive off and gone down the road and killed a family going to bible study, it would be a whole differnt story. He already showed disreguard for public saftey when he hit an occupied vehicle then acclerated toward the officer. Therefore, I support the officer in his decision to neutralize the situation and feel safe with officers like him keeping the streets of dothan safe.
  • by Anonymous Location: Alabama on Jul 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM
    Hmm ,, Christopher really should have pulled over to avoid this whole situation BUT the police could have done something different. Now some of you are saying shooting out the tires could have injured some innocent family but what is shooting him while driving going to do ?? The same thing right !? As a matter of fact he ran into a building injuring a lady after he was shot. Same thing right ?! And from what I read ,, I didn't see how she was blaming the police dept. she simply said they could have used better judgement. Which is 100% true. It's easy for you to comment when it's not you in the situation.
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      by Tom on Jul 11, 2012 at 08:41 PM in reply to Anonymous
      If in fact the young man was utilizing his car as a lethal weapon and took aim on the police, then the police had every right to use deadly force. If the police were not in any imminent danger then deadly force was not necessary. Hopefully the dashcam will show what occured, and if the police were in the wrong, then they and the city should pay heavily, however if deadly force was determined to be used against the police, then case closed. My condolences to the young man's family, regardless of outcome, a very sad day in deed.
  • by Mark Location: Enterprise on Jul 9, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    Yes sir. Shooting them tires out would have fixed everything. It would have ended just like the TV shows where everybody is safe and happy. No, it wouldn't have. Shooting tires doesn't stop chases. The police have a job to do. Arresting people is part of it. Protecting lives is part of it. If the officer shot out the tires and Thomas drove away and killed someone else, some innocent family on the road, who's fault would that be? Fact is, Thomas needed to be stopped to safeguard other lives on the road that day. Thomas chose his path, the Officer didn't choose it for him. Police don't shoot out tires, that just adds to the risk of innocent people being injured. It has happened, but you can bet it was against dept. policies. The fact he had a "rap sheet a mile long" had nothing to do with the shooting when it happened. After the fact, though, shows he had no intentions of being nothing other than a criminal with a history of contempt for the law. Therefore, running from the Police and hurting or killing anyone that should happen to get in his way is where his mind-set most likely was. "Concerned Individual", sorry you lost one of your friends. But, you're placing your blame on the wrong one in this.
  • by CONCERNED INDIVIDUAL Location: ALL OVER ALABAMA on Jul 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    In reply to: Just Wondering, and to all of you siding with the cops. Some of you blame Thomas, Yes I agree with you and we all know that it was wrong to try to escape. Now, why did the cop has to shoot this guy five times. I tell you why!. The cop was angry and had to diffuse it on this poor guy 5 times. the rap sheet that he had, does not mean anything related to this murder. We all got one, one way or another, some of us just havent been caught. Just because you have a rap sheet a mile long deserves to be exsecuted by the cops. That means that they enforce and exsecute, no court, no trial. this is for the person going by the name of Just wondering. Keep wondering until it happens to you, or a member of your family, then you will stop wondering. The cop should be arrested and giving him his right to a lawyer and to be trialed (HIS RIGHTS).
  • by Theodore Location: Dothan on Jul 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM
    The officier had other options he could have taken besides killing him, that should of been the last result. He could of shot out his tires and called for back up. The same way the president and the u.s. attorney general is NOT above the law then so are the police officers. Alot of these officers are not being held accountable for their actions as well, they are just doing what they want to do. The whole city of dothan and surrounding areas need to be investigated...
  • by Bunny Location: Dothan on Jul 4, 2012 at 09:13 PM
    Oh good grief! The guy tried to run over a police officer, all because they tried to stop him because he had a warrant! He had a list of priors...he was a criminal! Stop playing the race-card game already! If you don't want trouble with the law, don't break the law! From what I've heard, this family just has a thing against cops. Maybe, you should teach your children NOT to break the law, instead of blaming the police because of what they had to do. He would be alive today if he obeyed the law, period. I'm so sick of people whining about the police because their children are criminals. Dothan has a wonderful police force, I know several police officers, and they ALL care about the citizens of Dothan, no matter what color they are. You people don't even know HALF of what goes on in Dothan, you have NO idea what the men and women of the DPD have to endure to keep us safe.
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      by anon on Jul 5, 2012 at 05:06 AM in reply to Bunny
      Thank you bunny! This is all because of bad parenting!!!!!
  • by Beatrice Location: Samson on Jul 4, 2012 at 04:22 AM
    Stop already,the fact is a man lost his life..the next fact is he broke the law.We weren't there to see or hear what happened, I ask you, would you be a police officer these days? NOT ME. I am so sorry for the man losing his life. I truly am. But I back the policemen in their actions.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2012 at 06:31 PM
    What was wrong with shooting out the tires and disabling the vehicle? The cops wear their radios still on their shoulders..don't they? Call for backup while shooting out the tires..or is that just what TV cops do..my condolences to the Family..so sorry for your loss.
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      by anon on Jul 5, 2012 at 05:10 AM in reply to
      and if he was shooting out the tires, and someone else got killed you would be blaming the police officer for not killing the suspect. You are not in their line of work so dont make decisions for them. You dont see house cleaners bweing a surgery consultant for a doctor!
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      by Mike on Jul 6, 2012 at 01:03 PM in reply to
      They are taught to shoot to kill. Kill them before they kill you or someone else. Bottom Line he done this no one else did. The family just wants pitty and your tax payers money.
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