Casey Goodson Jr.
Casey Goodson, Jr. was a 23-year-old Black man from northeast Columbus. He was shot and killed by Officer Jason Meade, a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy, on December 4, 2020. Goodson was not the target of any investigation and did not have a police record, his family’s attorney said. Goodson had a valid concealed carry license and was known to be a vocal supporter of civil rights. Police said they recovered a gun from Goodson after the shooting. An autopsy report released on March 18, 2021, revealed that five of six shots hit Goodson in the back.
Tamala Payne is the mother of Casey Goodson, Jr. Payne has publicly called for the arrest and murder trial of Sheriff's Deputy Jason Meade for her son’s shooting death. In an interview with CBS News, Payne said that she believes Goodson "was murdered in cold blood, and we don't have any answers as to why" Meade shot and killed her son. “We have known since the moment we found him on the kitchen floor that he was murdered,” Payne said in a statement from her attorney upon reviewing the final coroner's report in the fatal shooting of her son. “This report says it right there, Jason Meade murdered my son in his own home.”
Kaylee Harper is the sister of Casey Goodson Jr. She disputed the police's account of her brother’s death from the moment it happened. In a post on Facebook, Harper said, "My brother literally walked across the yard, walked into the back fence to get to the side door, had his Subway and mask in one hand, keys in the other." She said the officers were lying about what happened.
Another sibling of Casey Goodson Jr., Janae Sanford, also had taken to social media to speak out against Columbus Police. In a post on Facebook regarding what happened on the night of Goodson's death, Sanford said that Goodson was in a black car, got out of that black car, and then walked past the front of his residence. That is when he stepped through the gate to the door, and in his home, she said. She continued, "He was shot in his back through his screen door!" adding, "If he was waving his gun around, why didn't y’all handle it when he parked and got all his stuff out of the car? He had no clue of what was happening, my poor brother." An autopsy report from the Franklin County coroner confirmed that at least part of Sanford’s statement is correct: Meade shot Goodson five times in his back.
Sean Walton is the Ohio-based attorney at Walton + Brown, LLP representing Casey Goodson, Jr. and his family. During a press conference, Walton said Goodson was "killed on his kitchen floor simply because he is a Black man," and Meade "weaponized" his skin. He has represented several families of police brutality victims including Goodson’s, Ty’re King, Henry Green and others killed by Columbus police officers. Of his educational background, Walton got his Bachelor of Arts in political science, focusing on African American studies, from the University of Cincinnati and earned his J.D from Capital University Law School.