Chad Copley: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Chad Cameron Copley Kouren-Rodney Thomas

Chad Copley’s mugshot. (Raleigh Police Department)

A white man who has been called “George Zimmerman 2.0” is accused of fatally shooting an unarmed 20-year-old black man in North Carolina after calling 911 to complain about “hoodlums” in his neighborhood, police say.

Chad Copley, 39, has been charged with murder, Raleigh Police say.

The victim, Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas, 20, had been attending a party in Copley’s neighborhood when he was killed in the early hours of August 7. Online records show that Copley, who said he was a member of the neighborhood watch, is being held on a murder charge.

In a 911 call made prior to the shooting, Copley can be heard telling the dispatcher, “I’m on neighborhood watch. I am going to have the neighborhood meet these hoodlums out here racing up and down the street. It’s 1 in the morning. There’s some devil in them. They have firearms and we’re going to secure our neighborhood. If I was you, I would send PD out here as quickly as possible.”

The Associated Press spoke to a member of Thomas’ family who said, “We’re broken apart torn apart, not doing well. Trying to get our lives back on track the way it was but it’s hard. We lost somebody very special to us.”

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Copley Told Police ‘I’m Locked & Loaded & I’m Going to Secure My Neighborhood’

Chad Copley called 911 from his Singleaf Lane in North Raleigh home early Sunday morning, telling dispatchers there were a “bunch of hoodlums” outside. He told the dispatcher he was “locked and loaded” and was going to “secure his neighborhood.”

Raleigh Police said Copley then went outside with his shotgun and killed Kouren-Rodney Thomas, who had gone to a party at a house two doors down from Copley, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

According to the 911 calls released by police, Copley called back after the shooting, saying “We have a lot of people outside our house, yelling and shouting profanities. I yelled at them, ‘Please leave the premises.’ They were showing a firearm, so I fired a warning shot and, uh, we got somebody that got hit.”

The dispatcher then asked him if someone was shot.

“Well, I don’t know if they were shot or not, ma’am,” he told her. “I fired my warning shot like I’m supposed to by law. They do have firearms, and I’m trying to protect myself and my family. … Ma’am, I don’t know who they are. There’s frigging black males outside my frigging house with firearms. Please send PD.”

Copley then hung up.

You can listen to the full 911 calls below:

Police said Copley fired at Thomas from inside the garage, shooting through a window. The News & Observer reports blood stains and gauze could be seen about 30 feet away from the garage.

Thomas was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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2. The Shooting Has Drawn Comparisons to the Killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman in court after his acquittal. (Getty)

George Zimmerman in court after his acquittal. (Getty)

Thomas’ family told WRAL-TV that high-profile civil rights attorney Justin Bamberg, will be representing them. Bamberg, who is also a South Carolina lawmaker, represents Alton Sterling’s children and previously was the attorney for the family of Walter Scott, who was killed by a police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, last year.

Bamberg and others have comparisons to the 2012 killing of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.

At a press conference Thursday, Bamburg called Chad Copley “Zimmerman 2.0.”

“Mr. Neighborhood Watch … Mr. ‘I’m going to go out and play police’ … Mr. ‘I’m going to pass judgment on someone I know nothing about based on what they’re wearing, based on what he looks like, based on what I think he may be up to,'” Bamberg told reporters.

Bamberg also said that it was Copley who made race part of the case.

“We’re saying listen to the audiotape. We didn’t make this about race. Mr. Copley did,” Bamberg said.

You can watch Bamberg’s press conference below:

He said a key difference between the two cases is that there was no confrontation between Copley and Thomas.

Zimmerman claimed self defense and was acquitted of second-degree murder charges after a 2013 trial.

Prior to the shooting, Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch coordinator for the gated Twin Lakes community where he lived, called 911, telling dispatchers there was a “real suspicious guy” outside his home.

“This guy looks like he is up to no good or he is on drugs or something,” Zimmerman said, before saying, “these assholes, they always get away.”

Zimmerman eventually told a dispatcher he was following Martin, and the dispatcher said he didn’t need to do that.

During a struggle after Zimmerman hung up the 911 call, Martin was fatally shot.

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3. He Is Being Held Without Bail & Could Face the Death Penalty if Convicted of First-Degree Murder

Copley has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail, WNCN-TV reports. He appeared in court for the first time on Monday.

He faces the death penalty if convicted.

Copley is being held at the Wake County Detention Center.

His attorney, Raymond C. Tarlton, issued a statement asking for people to wait for more information about the case.

“We have seen too many wrongful convictions for anyone or any organization to jump to conclusions on the basis of someone being charged,” Tarlton said. “We have just gotten involved and are at the beginning stages of our investigation. We urge restraint and that folks not rush to judgment. At this point we cannot say anything more.”

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4. Neighbors Have Disputed Copley’s Claims That He Was Part of a Neighborhood Watch

Neighbors have disputed Copley’s claims that he was part of a neighborhood watch group, saying the area where he lived, the Neuse Crossing Homeowners Association, didn’t have a group of that kind.

“The association is mainly concerned with covenant enforcement and social functions, like mowing the front entrance and fixing things,” Mike Ellis, a spokesman for the association, told the Raleigh News & Observer. “We do not give residents police powers at all. The homeowners association has certain responsibilities and obligations, and none of that can be construed as law enforcement. We can make you mow your lawn but not law enforcement.”

A 59-year-old resident of Singleleaf Lane, David Parker, told the newspaper he ha lived there since 1996. Parker said they tried to start a community watch several years ago, but it never got off the ground.

Raleigh Police spokesman Laura Hourigan told the News & Observer that watch groups are organized by communities, but said the police work “with neighborhoods with and without community watch groups in the same ways, largely by sharing crime prevention information … and by encouraging all community members to call 911 to report any suspicious people, vehicles or activities.”

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5. Thomas, Who Worked at Waffle House & McDonald’s, Was About to Help His Girlfriend Move Into Her College Dorm

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Kouren-Rodney Thomas. (GoFundMe)

Kouren-Rodney Thomas had been working at McDonald’s in Raleigh since May 2014, his family said. He previously worked at Waffle House.

She was the youngest son of Simone Butler-Thomas, who, while holding a picture of him, told the Raleigh News & Observer, “This is my baby. He looks just like me.”

Family members told the newspaper Thomas was a “bit of a comedian.”

He was looking forward to helping his girlfriend, Amani Rooney, move into her dormitory at East Carolina University later this month.

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Kouren-Rodney Thomas. (Facebook)

A GoFundMe account has been started to help the family pay for his funeral.

“All I want is to have a proper service for my baby Koury. He is a donor and he will be donating some parts of him to cancer patients and other people that may be in need,” his mother said on the page. “Koury was my baby and I love him. He loves pink and all I want to do is send him off well. He was fun, lovable, caring, just a good guy, and very overprotective of me his mother and other love ones in general. I ask that you reach down in your heart and help me create a celebration of life for Koury.”

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    • The victim would have wiped you off the soles of his shoes. The good news with this premeditated murder of an innocent man is, just like murderer Geo Zimmerman, even if he gets away with it, his life is ruined. Slime gz cannot get job (not that he would ever actually work for a living) and will forever be known as the waste of skin who got away with a cold blooded, premeditated murder of an unarmed child.

      • 20 is not a child by any stretch of the imagination. The murder was bad enough without trying to make it sound like he killed an 8 yo

  1. I thought Zimmerman was innocent based on the facts of his case.

    I think this guy Chad Copley is guilty as sin and I hope he spends a lifetime in jail. I’ll still wait to hear all the facts but based on what I’ve heard so far, Chad Copley should be caged for life.

    • No he was found not guilty due to a farce of a trial in which the deceased was actually tried instead of the accused. I know it is hard to believe based on the facts revisited in this article, but yes– Zimmerman profiled a stranger, was angry that “they” always get away, followed the stranger despite instruction from dispatch not to, killed the stranger, and was acquitted.

      • Yea right, Obama’s “people” in the DOJ did their very best to try to burn Zimmerman and came up empty. Time to realize that when a thug is beating someone’s head into concrete, they could end up dead. I know that’s a shock since blacks supposedly never lose fights against non-blacks (helps to attack 3 or 4 against 1 doesn’t it). Look how people STILL put up the pics of Trayvon as a 12 year old. He was about to be 18 when he attacked George for being a “creepy looking cracker”. If Trayvon hadn’t been kicked out of school for being a thief and a thug, he might still be alive. Here’s a hint, none of you bastards (well 73% of you are anyway) have a “right” to “jump” anybody.

        • You’ve got to be retarded.

          “Blacks supposedly never lose fights against non-blacks” – words straight from the mouth of a racist bigot.

          You’re a bigot and your opinions are incredibly skewed. So every single black person thinks they have superpowers when it comes to fighting?

        • I probably had your wig split by a few thugs huh? Seems like you’ve talked that talk that your daddy talked around the dinner table and found out that you was dealing with a new generation. I’ve seen it happen a many times.
          But as you may have noticed George Zimmerman haven’t been following any suspicious black people after Tryvon Martin. That’s probably the kind of arse whipping you got.

    • Yes, Zimmerman was absolutely NOT GUILTY of any crime, clearly proven beyond any reasonable doubt. I am awaiting judgment on this case until all the facts come out. If truly one or more of the “partiers” did pull a gun on the shooter, he may very well be entitled to a self defense argument. But apparently he followed the Biden rule – shoot your shotgun through the door (or in this case, the window) if you fear for your life….. Anyway, let the Raleigh PD, Wake County DA and State of NC Justice Dept do the investigations and then let the Grand Jury and the Wake County Jury do their jobs. Shame for the kid to lose his life, but if there were thugs out there with guns it may be his friends fault. Let’s wait and see.

      • Idiot. Copley left the safety of his home to confront someone who posed absolutely no threat to himself. Zimmerman left the safety of his car, against the explicit instructions of the police dispatcher. You’re a dolt, Rob.

      • Did you hear all the 911 calls? Copley left his property and was out walking the neighbourhood. A neighbor called 911 after a white guy with a shot gun ran thru his back yard. Copley was likely headed back to his own place. He then hid in his garage and shot this young man who was not on Copley’s property, but out on the street because he was leaving a party that was held that evening just two doors down. Copley wanted to shoot some black people, he was highly uncooperative with 911, and lied about neighbors being with him. He murdered an innocent young man and why? He did not like that this gathering ended around 12:30pm and he could hear people getting in their cars and leaving? If he had a party, should his neighbors shoot his guests for walking on the street?

        No big shock that after a social evening, the guests at the neighbor’s party would be talking and be animated after a nice night. Who just assumes that a house party would mean those attending would bring weapons? As far as that Copley…. Yes, he later heard people on the street upset. They were trying to save their friend who was bleeding out on the street after being shot. There was no warning shot. That copley was not afraid of a bloody thing. He got his weapon and left his house “locked and loaded” to secure the neighborhood. You have the right to protect your home and family, NOT roam the streets planning how to take someone out and get away with it.

        And don’t get me started on Zimmerman. These two are peas in the same pod. Killers. The difference, Trayvon was holding candy instead of being empty handed.

      • Zimmerman was improperly charged, He started the confrontation and when he got his ass kicked he shot in “self defense” He should have been convicted for Manslaughter.
        In this case, the cowardly little bitch fired his shotgun from inside his garage through a window at people who didn’t even know he was there. He was in no danger before he murdered this young man. If there were any other with weapons displayed it was after the murder occurred, as the second 911 call demonstrates. By the way, what does this have to do with Vice President Biden? .

      • So he fired a warning shot from inside the garage, through the closed window. Sounds more like a sniper shooting to kill, not someone firing a warning shot. Aren’t warning shots fired into the air to warn someone you are about to take aim on them? MURDER…..He should have went back to sleep, like all of his neighbors were doing.

  2. Lets wait before we judge. What if he fired a warning shot straight up into the air, and it just happened to come down on the victim’s head???

    • Firing a warning shot is illegal unless it’s in self defense. This child being killed is the reason why it’s illegal. You don’t know who you’re going to hit. This guy is soooo guilty of first degree murder

      • But, if there were people pointing guns at this guy, then his shot would likely be self-defense. Let the investigation determine that. If someone points a gun at me I am going to shoot them! Hopefully the police were able to get the guns from the revelers and determine if there was a valid threat.

        • These scary guys were pointing guns at him. Yet, after he shoots and kills their friend there are no other shots fired. Makes complete sense for a bunch of armed thugs to not return fire at someone shooting at them. Total.

          • You are so right. He felt like shooting his gun. They never new it was comeing standing and talkin never seen it comeing.Hopein hes getting the dealth !!!

        • Copley was inside his closed garage out of sight. Who the hell even knew he was in there with a gun pointed at them. I call Bullpucky! He shot out a window. No warning shot is pointed at people. I hope when you leave parties that you quietly leave while speaking to none of your friends who attended….just in case someone thinks you are rowdy. Good grief. It was 12:45pm on a hot summer’s night in a nice neighborhood. It was not the wrong side of the tracks in downtown Detroit. At best, in about 30 minutes, everyone would have been gone, but that guy Copley got his knickers in a knot. I wonder if he’d shoot the guests of white neighbors?!?

        • Ok Rob since common sense isn’t in your skill set,let me try and point out something. Even if people had guns as he claims (which is legal as NC is an open carry state) he never said anyone pointed a gun at him directly to the dispatcher which if it happened would have been the first thing out of his mouth. Who sees these weapons and then fires a “warning” shot from a closed garage which in turn could cause those multiple people with weapons to fire back at your home containing you, your wife and kids? The answer is no one because it didn’t happen.

      • In what reality is 20 a child? Is what happened not bad enough without trying to infantilize the victim in hopes of garnering more sympathy?

    • There are a couple things wrong with that argument. One he shot him through glass making it nearly impossible that he was firing in the air. Second North Carolina’s stand your ground laws are very specific in when you can use deadly force and doesn’t reference firing a warning shot. Either you are in imminent danger and require the use of deadly force or not. Third in North Carolina you can not use the stand your ground laws if you were the aggressor in the situation. Most of the statues for the defense of your home or property require forcible entry by the intruder. In this case, it appears he shot the man from his relative safe spot (his home) while the man was on the street. At the end of the day, he should have stayed in his house and waited for the police. His job is not to get “locked and loaded” and “secure his neighborhood.” That is the job of the police. Another man is dead and from what we can tell right now just for attending a party that no one had even called the police for.

    • Just know that’s bs. That man shot a “warning shot” straight into Koury. He was the only one down there ready to leave and in just one shot from that man’s garage and it was over, didn’t even miss.

    • That’s absolute bullshit and you know it shotgun pellets don’t kill when coming down. Ballistics are going to come back that he was shot in the torso

    • The laws of physics say that wouldn’t happen. A round fired straight up looses energy and simply falls to the ground. The chances of this being fatal are so unlikely as to be dismissed.

  3. This is more like tge Jordan Davis case – A man firing at a group of black young people – killing one – then claiming he is the victim whike none of his facts add up.

    • Hello Sandra, IF NEGROES WERE ANIMALS, WE WOULD BE MUCH BETTER OFF. Despite being just 13% of the population, negroes commit 52% of homicides. A negro male is 40 times more likely to assault a White person as the reverse. Interracial rape is almost exclusively negro on White. This is why it would be a blessing, if we could bring back slavery and put the negro back into the filth that they look like..

        • Hey friend—

          Useless to argue with, or enlighten an imbecile. He takes his unhappiness out on others, doomed to a life of stupidty.
          Not enough intellect to self-examine.

      • Let me guess, you’re a TRUMP Supporter too!!!! You want to go back to a place in time where your lives were enriched with so much authority to hate, belittle and mistreat others based solely on the skin color of another? I can only pray for you, because those times will NEVER return as good as your life was then. You no longer have rights to gain enormous wealth off the backs of others that were raped, killed, castrated, humiliated. If you were BLACK for one day and received the treatment from the as you say the good ole days, I think you would be compelled to see life differently the mirror doesn’t lie.

      • Actually blacks are the first modern humans. It could be argued that whites are part animal since they have over 3% Neanderthal DNA. Scientists today are asking was the Neanderthal human? If blacks behave poorly in America, it may have to do with the prejudice spiral identified by social scientist Gunner Murdolph, See “American Dilemma”.
        If behavior is an indicator of humanity, then whites have more to answer for,
        being responsible for two World Wars, numerous genocides and transgressions against humanity.

      • Where did you come up with these rediculous stats? Your numbers are insane,not to mention the racist crap you added to them. I feel sorry for you and the rest who think like you. Condemning an entire group for the crimes of some is pathetic. It as bad as saying that every catholic molests children like some of the priests. See how dumb that is? Likely not. Watch yourself. You may end up in a situation much like Copley here. Your way of thinking is nothing to be proud of. I hope you have no children to spread your hate to.

      • 83% percent of white people murdered are killed by other white people, usually that they know. Real FBI Crime Stats.

      • You need to stay off of the white supremacist websites. Despite being just 50% of the population, men commit over 85% of the homicides. Rape is almost exclusively male on female. That’s why it would be a blessing if we could bring back slavery and treat men like the animals that they act like.

    • You’re right, they aren’t legally animals. But most act just like a wild one, with no self control or ability to use reason or common sense. That doesn’t mean this kid deserved to be shot.

        • Well he had to shoot him before he went into this phenomenon known as “Going APE”. If the kid would have done that he would’ve been outta control.

      • Do you know “most” that you can make such a statement? I didn’t think so. Are “most” white people child molesters because the news shows more white molesters than other races? Unless you know “most,” don’t make such asinine statements.

  4. ALTERNATIVE: Homeowner calls 911 reports noise complaint and. stays in his home. Police arrive advise neighbors of the noise complaint request the party be broken up or taken inside.
    Could this even happen in todays America? Are we just too far gone to deal with others with respect for human life?

  5. Yeah, you forgot fast fact #6: a loud late-night party filled with disrespectful people (shock) was going on in an otherwise peaceful neighborhood.

    • In that entire neighborhood, Copley was the only one complaining of street races and chaos, which was more likely the sound of those leaving the gathering two doors down, talking and kidding around as they walked to their cars to leave. No one else complained of anything …until Copley (white guy) was seen dashing through yards with his gun (locked and loaded) by his neighbor who then called 911. People may have acted upset, called out, even swore, but by then, they were seeing a young man bleed out on the street. I would cry out too. And since when did Copley own the street?
      I have summer bbqs at my place, with good music, laughter, and friends who start their engines so their cars will take them home.

  6. This murderer deserves the death penalty. There was no threat as he shot through his garage window from the safety of his home at someone on the street! There is no neighborhood watch! This man led! He’s just a racist with a gun! Fry and go to Hell where people like you belong!

  7. Actually blacks are the first modern humans. It could be argued that whites are part animal since they have over 3% Neanderthal DNA. Scientists today are asking was the Neanderthal human? If blacks behave poorly in America, it may have to do with the prejudice spiral identified in 1944 by social scientist Gunner Murdolph, See “American Dilemma”.
    If behavior is an indicator of humanity, then whites have more to answer for,
    being responsible for two World Wars, numerous genocides and transgressions against humanity. To understand this statement read the poem “Somebody Blew Up America” by Amiri Baraka.

    • “Blacks” were actually “white” just look at their palms and soles. Visit sub-Saharan Africa were there has never been white ingenuity, they are the real animals, still archaic in every aspect of life. Slavery has nothing to do with it. Africans, Asians, Native Americans, Aztecs all have their atrocities, genocides and trangressions against humanity. We do know that no other race has brought so much modern innovation, science and technology to this world than the white race. Thank the white man for the internet, that you can spew your stupidity on.

  8. He deserved it. You know he stole enough bikes in his life for this “accumulated punishment”. OOH OOH AHH AHH SNORT SNORT

        • LOL LOL, no I didn’t know that

          I do know however the kind of cologne they wear……Ea de DOO DAH DAY!!

          I also know why they don’t take aspirin……….They’re too proud to pick the cotton out of the bottle!

          Or how about how to get one out of a tree? Cut the rope!!

          Or why they don’t drive convertibles?…………Their lips will flap them to death

          Or how to stop them from rape………..throw them a basketball

          LOL LOL

          Have a blessed day!

        • If 3 of them are riding in a car who’s driving? The Police

          What do you say to one in a 3 piece suit? Will the defendant please rise?

          LOL LOL

          • frostee the knowcoward and Will, I know you are posting those nasty comments to get a reaction from others, but I know you don’t really feel this way, that you can justify these mean and hatefilled comments about the loss of an innocent life. Just be careful when you do things of this nature because they always seem to find a way back to your very life. You are cursing your love ones all in the sake of having fun or being evil spirited. Be very careful there are black IT professionals that can capture your IP address expose your identity to all with full disclosure of your names and address. I am sure you don’t want that information shared especially when you are spearing such hate and disrespect to another human being. Be bold be proud say what you feel without the comfort of hiding behind your computer.

            • Gee for such a brave guy you post as anonymous. I mean you’re not a coward are you? I work in IT pal, most of us want to keep our jobs so I kinda think your story stinks. I understand you though. I used to call people names when I was 8 years old. Uh huh.

    • Come on Harrison, it’s not like we don’t know there’s that kind of funny stuff out there in the Carolinas!! I mean Really??!! They marry their sisters and pull each others’ puds in hot tubs and stuff! Hee Haw!! Tarnation!! LOL

      Btw you do have a rather gay sounding name.

  9. I guess that no one has done their research on the “victim” yet… This fine young man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury (Felony) and then either plead down and/or was found guilty of assault inflicting serious injury (Misdemeanor) for which he was put on probation, en lieu of prison. He isn’t the angel that everyone is making him out to be, just like Trayvon wasn’t. Normally but not always, If you’re not looking for trouble, trouble won’t find you. If he wasn’t on this man’s property, he likely wouldn’t have been shot. Just sayin’. I’m not excusing the man shooting him at all. But we don’t need to be like, “hands across America” for this so called victim.

  10. Life on earth does not last forever for none of us. For all the hate filled hearts….do you want to enter heaven? I don’t understand why ppl do not consider that.

    • I consider that every single day. Every knee shall bow. That is no joke. A friend of mine used to say “Heaven and Hell are real places”.

  11. Trayvon Martin was assaulting Zimmerman when he was shot. Cry me a river, you lunatics who think blacks have a right to go around assaulting people. Or better yet, die in a fire.

  12. I’m just happy it was a white guy killing a black guy. That happens so rarely that you hardly ever see that. Unlike and black person killing a white person which seems to happen every day. Similar to black men raping white women (hundreds a year) but I have NEVER seen once where a white man raped a black woman.

      • Oh look T-Mann, another ape who has a keyboard and learned to spell. LOL get back to ironing the white man’s shirt before he fires you. Oh but you might want that so you can collect money for free huh??!! OOH OOH AHH AHH SNORT SNORT. I don’t speak Ape so that’s the best I can do for now. I have a friend who translates into ebonics so maybe we can hook up later. OOH OOH LOL

  13. For the record… none of the people at the party had guns… There were no weapons, the only weapon there was Chad Copely. Also, they weren’t thugs. He completely lied, which isn’t startling. Those kids weren’t loud… disturbing the peace…or out cursing. It was actually quiet. Yes, I do know…from the horse’s mouth.

  14. Points: 1) Even if one or more Black individuals had firearms at the party, they could have very well been LEGAL ~ you know, the 2nd Amendment and Open Carry? The very Rights which, in turn, allowed Mr. Copley to move around with his shotgun. 2) Unlike Zimmerman, Copley had ZERO police powers so had no legal reason to even threaten anyone beyond his property line. 3) There doesn’t seem to be any evidence Copley, or anyone else in the neighborhood (except the Black party-goers under threat from Copley) were in any danger, so Copley wasn’t acting in self-defense, or the defense of others. 4) Even if he fired a ‘warning shot’, what was he warning anyone about? Refer to points 1, 2 and 3. 5) Mr. Thomas probably shouldn’t have been at the party because I “think” alcohol might have been served and he was ONLY 20. Not a child yet not of legal drinking age. Having been an underage drinker myself years and years ago … 6) I live in North Carolina and in Wake County, for that matter. Underage drinking IS NOT a shooting offense. Otherwise I would have died long before writing this post (as I am now 52). 7) Beyond that, why did Mr. Copley shoot Mr. Thomas? Barring unrevealed evidence concerning very serious wrong-doing on the part of Mr. Thomas, or a person standing close to him, there is no legal defense for Mr. Copley’s actions. He murdered that young man. His comments to 9-1-1 move his actions beyond Manslaughter (showing premeditation) while providing no possible defense ~ such as ‘there are several men trying to break into my house’, or ‘they are shooting at me’, or even ‘brandishing firearms at innocent bystanders’. Merely seeing Black men, or any people, with firearms is irrelevant – re-check your 2nd Amendment and Wake County’s view on Open Carry. ** The Zimmerman case was confusing to many Americans because Zimmerman, while behaving aggressively, was acting within the range of his nebulous authority as Neighborhood Watch, and he did get into a physical altercation. We will never know why Trayvon Martin didn’t simply sit on his ass and tell Zimmerman to ‘call the real cops/my Dad/NAACP/ACLU/SPLC’. We will never hear his side of the story because Zimmerman shot him dead. There were no other immediate witnesses to what happened. Evidence showed Zimmerman was definitely in a fight (aka he clearly received visible cuts and bruises) and our system of Justice does not require the Accused to Testify Against One’s Self. A jury faced with the best case the prosecution could make found Zimmerman Not Guilty. Since this was 2013 and not 1953, we might want to give the jurors credit for an unbiased verdict. In contrast, in Mr. Copley’s case there seem to be plenty of witnesses to what happened to very different circumstances. When preparing his defense he might want to consider that North Carolina has the Death Penalty too. ** If you are a Trump supporter and all the relevant facts are in evidence, Mr. Copley’s actions should horrify you. He was the one acting in a lawless manner, not the party-goers. He used firearms in a moronic, reckless and fatally stupid fashion which took an innocent life and adds fuel to the fire of those wishing to curtail 2nd Amendment Rights [wait and see]. He didn’t act like a neighbor. Instead, he acted much more like a ‘one-man’ domestic terrorist cell ~ a White US Citizen killing an unknown Black US Citizen for simply being Black. To ‘Make America Great’ would imply Citizens work together and trust one another putting aside a host of differences. We need to work on our trust .. and this hasn’t helped one bit.

  15. This is a lose lose for everyone a life cut short meanwhile the guys wife, kids and in-laws are getting death threats. She’s since had to flee her home.

  16. From the recent motion to dismiss:

    The motion also says that an arriving deputy reported 20 to 30 people in front of the home and pulled out his shotgun, “rather than his service pistol, due to the perceived threat.”
    Dispatchers also at first told EMS that the scene was “too dangerous for EMS to provide aid due to the crowd,” the motion states.
    “One individual at the scene hit a police officer and kicked him in the groin,” the motion adds.
    The motion dwells heavily on links police found between people in the crowd and street gangs, including the G-Shine Bloods and the Crips.
    The motion also contrasts Copley with the crowd. While people in the crowd talked nervously about what do with their guns or simply scattered, the motion says,
    Copley cooperated fully with investigators.

    Copley was at home with his wife and three children, who ranged from 3 to 17 years old, the motion states.

    “Chad is alleged to have opened an upstairs window in his bedroom and exchanged words, including profanities, with some of the people standing in front of his house
    due to the noise shortly before 12:50 a.m.,” the motion states. “The Copleys called 911 and asked for the police to come right away after several angry people
    brandished handguns at Chad and made verbal threats to him after he told them to quiet down.”

    Suddenly Chad Copley sounds like a very concerned parent with children defending himself from an angry mob. Why did not one media outlet report that?