Rally for Deven Guilford at Capitol

Posted at 9:06 AM, Feb 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-28 09:06:56-05

A year after their 17-year-old son died the pain is still fresh for the Guilford family.

"Believe it or not, a year later I think I feel worse than I did a year before the shock wears off and reality sets in" said Brian Guilford, father of Deven Guilford.

During a 2015 traffic stop, Deven Guilford got into a physical fight with sergeant Frost who then tased and shot him 7 times.

"Deven was such a good kid and that's the most astounding thing to us and the family" said Guilford.

On the eve of the anniversary of Deven's death the family hosted a rally at the Capitol.

"This can't happen to another family, that to me is a bottom line and I will do anything I can" said Guilford.

Senator Rick Jones spoke at the event and thinks the sheriff's office has changed since Guilford's death.

"I'm very concerned that we had a sheriff that came after this incident and said I'm not gonna change any of the policies" said Sen. Jones.

He also believes the culture in the department has changed since he was sheriff.

"You're suppose to be able to deescalate everything" said Sen. Jones.
"We learned and we were taught how to talk people down and deescalate situations."

The Guilford say they take it day by day and remember the moments they had with Deven.