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Dr. Drew Panelists Spar over Racial Angle in #KourenThomas Shooting: ‘This is Out of the George Zimmerman Playbook’

On the Aug. 10 edition of HLN’s “Dr. Drew,” panelist attorney Eric Guster draws a striking parallel between the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman and the recent shooting of Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas by Chad Copley.

Atlanta Black Star reported that on Aug. 7, Copley shot the 20-year-old Thomas from the inside of his garage in a Raleigh, North Carolina neighborhood.

Prior to the warning shot that ended the young man’s life, Copley called 911, claiming that Black partygoers were racing, screaming profanities and disrupting the neighborhood.

Then the self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman told the dispatcher that he will secure his neighborhood from “hoodlums.”  Copley said:

“… It’s one o’clock in the morning. They have firearms and we’re gonna secure our neighborhood. If I were you, I’d send PD as quickly as possible.”

Guster says, “This is out of the George Zimmerman playbook.”

“This is a pattern just like George Zimmerman,” he states. “If a person is not on your property and not threatening you, you can’t fire any shot. With him shooting Thomas and killing him, this is what the George Zimmerman case was all about … It is a horribly weak defense.”

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