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On April 22, 2015, we were clear that a Portsmouth, Virginia, police officer, Stephen Rankin, shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old William Chapman in a Walmart parking lot. New autopsy results obtained by The Guardian not only confirm that he was shot in the face, but that it wasn’t from a close distance as has been described.
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Furthermore, the autopsy results confirmed that Chapman was alcohol and drug free, and appears to call into question whether he ever stole anything from Walmart in the first place. In the autopsy report, no stolen items were listed in his personal belongings in spite of the implications by police that he stole something from the store and was confronted over it.
Walmart will not confirm or deny if anything was stolen and has stated that no security camera footage of the confrontation exists.
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In addition to this suspension and warnings from his superiors that he was likely to cause harm, Rankin had also been suspended for posting Nazi-inspired images and messages online.