Father of man killed by Hays officer talks about his loss

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OAKLEY Kan. (KSNW) – The father of the autistic man, who was shot and killed by an officer in Hays last month, spoke with KSN Thursday about how they thought the investigation turned out, and what they thought could have been done differently.

“I guess I still feel that what was done to Joey was wrong, and you know basically morally wrong,” said John Weber, the father of Joseph Weber.

John says he knows his son, and he knows he was nervous and scared when an officer pulled him over.

“Joey was the type of person, that being autistic, you don’t start yelling at him,” Weber said.

The family watched the video of the incident on Wednesday, and though authorities said no charges will be filed in the case, they still won’t release the video to the public.

After watching the video, reportedly showing Joey Weber being shot at point-blank range in the chest, Weber’s father said his son went into defensive mode when the officers kept yelling at him and when the backup officers arrived.

He said the car his son was driving was his and that he had given it to his son.

“I feel kind of bad now because I never noticed that (registration) sticker missing,” Weber said.

It’s been a rough month for the Webers, but the family remembers Joey as someone who wouldn’t hurt anyone.

To move forward, they plan to try to get getting legislation passed called “Joey’s Law” that would provide some sort of identification through car registration to let offices know if someone has a disability. That’s something John Weber wishes the officer had known about Joey.

“Yeah, I think he might have approached it differently,” Weber said. “I would hope that he would have approached it differently anyway.”

John Weber said his son loved tractors and they were planning a trip to Hesson and Omaha. He said the family still plans to take that vacation after the fall harvest.

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