- Robert Chambers, 19, was fatally shot by Houston County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Glidden on January 24, 2011 in Georgia
- Authorities suspected that Chambers had burglarized a nearby home while walking in a wooded area that morning
- There were no witnesses to the burglary or the fatal police shooting
- Chamber’s mother, Sharese Wells, never believed the story police told her about the day her son died
- She filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Glidden and the sheriff’s office, but a judge tossed the case after two years
- Chambers’ family has hired lawyers who represented Eric Garner’s family and they found several inconsistencies in the case
- They filed new court papers alleging that Houston County cops planted evidence near the teen’s body and at the crime scene
Regina F. Graham For Dailymail.com
01:34 EST, 17 October 2015
09:07 EST, 17 October 2015
A mother is still seeking answers in the 2011 police shooting death of her 19-year-old son in Georgia and thinks the sheriff’s office is trying to cover up her son’s death.
Lawyers for the family of Robert Chambers filed new court papers last month alleging that Houston County police officers planted evidence on the teen’s body and at the crime scene, The Huffington Post reported.
Chambers, 19, was walking 50 minutes from his mother’s home along the dirt path near the edge of a wooded area to the Five Star Nissan Dealership in Warner Robins, Georgia to ask for work detailing cars on the morning of January 24, 2011.
The five-foot-eight-inch tall teen was killed when Houston County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Glidden fired a single round that struck him in the back left side of his head after responding to a call about a nearby home that was just burglarized.
Tragic: Sharese Wells (right) is still seeking answers in the 2011 police shooting death of her eldest son, Robert Chambers (left)
Robert Chambers’ body lies on the ground after he was shot and killed by a police officer in 2011
Deputy Steven Glidden (above) shot Chambers in the woods on January 24, 2011 after claiming he pulled a gun and didn’t follow his repeated commands
The sheriff’s office says that Chambers, who was pursing his GED after dropping out of high school, had just burglarized Robert Brown’s home that morning, despite Brown not being able to get a look at the suspect.
In addition, the sheriff’s office claims that Chambers pulled a gun and struggled with the deputy after not following his repeated commands for the teen to remove his hands from his pockets.
They say that the teen had a gun that was stolen from Brown’s home, which he shared with his son Antonius White, and that his own cell phone was found left at the burglary scene.
Glidden, who worked as a police officer in Florida and also served in the Army for six years, had never fired his gun in the line of duty as a cop in Georgia until that day.
The Houston County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation both investigated and said Glidden acted properly.
Glidden, who worked as a police officer in Florida and also served in the Army for six years, had never fired his gun in the line of duty as a cop in Georgia until that day
The photo above shows Chambers’ jacket and Glidden’s stun gun on the ground the day Chambers died
Chambers’ mother, Sharese Wells, never believed the sheriff’s account of what happened to her eldest son the day he died.
‘We believe that Robert was in a prior crime that led to the shooting and killing and his death,’ she recalled to HuffPost about when an officer told her at her home the day her son died. ‘That was it. That was all the details they gave me.’
Wells explained that her son was non-confrontational, always avoided violence and most importantly, didn’t have a criminal history.
She decided to hire a lawyer in 2013 and filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against the Houston County Sheriff’s Department and Glidden.
After two years in court, a judge tossed the case, ruling that Glidden’s use of deadly force ‘was reasonable under the circumstances and did not violate clearly established law,’ HuffPost reported.
The photo above shows the house in Warner Robins, Georgia, that was burglarized on the morning of January 24, 2011. Police accussed Chambers of burglarizing the home
The photo above shows the gun that cops say they recovered from the scene of Chambers’ death
Chambers’ heartbroken mother was not satisfied with the judge’s ruling, still believing that the police version of events didn’t add up.
The teen’s uncle, Chris Wells, searched online for who represented the family of Eric Garner – the black father-of-six who was killed in New York from a police chokehold.
The family successfully made contact with Jonathan Moore, the lawyer who represented Garner’s family and he along with his partner, Luna Droubi, agreed to look at Chambers’ death.
The attorneys who work at Beldock, Levine & Hoffman in New York City, spent ‘nights and weekends’ poring over documents, Droubi explained.
‘Once we started gathering stuff, our eyes … we couldn’t believe it,’ she told HuffPost.
Among a number of inconsistencies they found, the pair of lawyers discovered that fingerprints were never analyzed, another possible suspect int he burglary and a gun that did not match up to reports.
Droubi and Moore field court papers on September 2, in which they wrote that the federal judge needed to reverse the previous decision because anything else would be ‘a gross miscarriage of justice,’ HuffPost reported.
In the court papers filed, they noted several inconsistencies surrounding the scene of the shooting.
According to HuffPost, Droubi and Moore allege that police officers planted another weapon at the scene of the crime, citing photographs from the woods that show a Blue Steel Taurus PT 145 Millennium Pro .45-caliber pistol on the ground, when a police report says that White told officers a different gun model was in the house the morning of the shooting.
The court papers the lawyers filed contend ‘it is now certain that the gun found at the location where Mr. Chambers was killed was not the same gun owned by Antonius White,’ HuffPost reported.
In a court filing earlier this week, the Houston County Sheriff’s Department shot down the lawyers and said they were peddling a ‘conspiracy theory,’ WMAZ reported.
Droubi and Moore noted another inconsistency at the scene where the teen was killed.
Special Agent Lee Weathersby of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations took a timestamped photo at 10.06am showing the gun Chambers allegedly stole clearly visible on the ground.
However, in another photo taken at 10.26am by a sheriff’s department investigator, it shows the same gun covered in leaves.
Attorney Jonathan Moore, back and center, is pictured above at a November 2014 press conference with Rev. Al Sharpton and the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Akai Gurley
‘This is direct evidence that officers at the scene of the murder tampered with the evidence and, quite likely, fabricated such evidence,’ Droubi and Moore claim in the court filing, HuffPost reported.
The family contends in court papers that Glidden knew the teen was unarmed when he fatally shot him, ‘and his fellow police officers have conspired to cover up the true circumstances’ of Chamber’s death, HuffPost reported.
The lawsuit also alleges that officers did not check to determine if the fingerprints at the scene of the burglary matched Chambers.
‘Any reasonably competent police officer investigating these crimes would have checked to determine if the fingerprints found at the scene of the burglary in fact matched his prints,’ the lawsuit alleged.
With the new information found by Droubi and Moore about her son’s death, Wells is hoping it clears her son’s name.
‘His character was ruined,’ she told HuffPost. ‘They described a totally different child from what he was, and they make him seem like he was this terrible thug kid.
‘I just want his name cleared for who he was.’
The photo above shows fingerprints taken from Robert Brown’s body after his death in 2011