Parents of Cheyenne-Arapaho Teen Killed by Police’s Seven Bullets Still Seek Justice

Mah-hi-vist "Red Bird" Goodblanket shot seven times by sheriff deputies.

Mah-hi-vist “Red Bird” Goodblanket shot seven times by sheriff deputies.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Melissa and Wilbur Goodblanket, the parents of Mah-hi-vist “Red Bird” Goodblanket, who was shot seven times and killed by law officers in Custer County, Oklahoma, will be joined with others today at Oklahoma’s State Capitol in Oklahoma City  to protest police brutality.

Red Bird was a tribal citizen of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, mixed with Cherokee.

The others joining the Goodblankets include S.P.I.R.I.T. (Society to Protect Indigenous Rights & Indigenous Treaties), Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance, AIM Oklahoma, United Urban Warrior Society, NW Oklahoma AIM, AIM Central Texas and Idle No More Central Oklahoma.

The protest called “Protest against Police Brutality” will be held today, Friday, Septemeber 26, at the Oklahoma State Capitol, South Plaza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., local time.

The Goodblankets still seek justice for the killing of their son by law officers.

Their nightmare began four nights before Christmas last year on December 21, 2013 when they called 911 when Red Bird, who was diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder several years prior, was experiencing an episode associated with his medical condition.

The police were called so that the teen would not harm himself.

Two Custer County sheriff deputies, Avery Chance and and Dillon Mach, initially responded and entered the Goodblanket home in Clinton, Oklahoma with two Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers. Within moments of entering the home, the teen was shot to death by law enforcement officers.

An autopsy performed on the teen found he  was shot seven times with wounds to his head, torso, and right upper arm. Red Bird was also shot two times by a taser gun.

The county sheriff department claims the teen threatened officers with a knife. The family disputes this account and maintains the youth was unarmed.

The case was investigated by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations, which completed its report on February 10, 2014 and forwarded to the Custer County district attorney’s office, who ruled Red Bird’s killing justified.

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