Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Cop Kills an Unarmed Woman Because He Heard Shots?!

Are you kidding me? Really? You hear shots so you shoot at the woman holding a baby? Are you kidding me?!

The jury to hear the case is all white. I hope more facts come out, but it's hard not to jump to conclusions. Cause the first paragraph and title says the cop heard shots. In the story, he saw movement and fired at the second floor of the house after dogs had been released from a bedroom on the first floor. You really need to read the story below.

And whatever you decide, let me remind you that this comes just two days after a white man went into a church, killing 2, wounding 6, over the church's liberal views, and he's still alive! This comes the week after CNN's Black in America special. I wasn't particularly impressed by the special, but Lord! When are we going to have a special on white people, their pathologies - including but not limited to cops killing innocent, unarmed black people with impunity - and privileges - including but not limited to the fact that no white man was to worry that others may see him as another Jim D. Adkisson - White in America?

E-spitting? Naw. I'm just plain old pissed.

Defense: Officer who killed bystander heard shots
By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press Writer

LIMA, Ohio - A white police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black woman holding her 1-year-old son thought he was being fired upon by a drug dealer when he pulled the trigger, his attorney said Tuesday.

The death of 26-year-old Tarika Wilson set off protests and debate about race relations in this northwest Ohio city, where one in four residents is black.

Sgt. Joseph Chavalia heard gunshots that two fellow SWAT team officers fired at pit bulls released from a first-floor back bedroom by drug dealer Anthony Terry, defense attorney Bill Kluge said during opening arguments in Chavalia's trial.

The dogs were released as Chavalia headed upstairs. He saw movement and fired through stairway railings into a second-story bedroom where Wilson was with six children, said Prosecutor Jeffrey Strausbaugh.

Chavalia has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of negligent homicide and negligent assault. He faces up to eight months in jail if convicted of both counts. An all-white jury was selected Monday with a black woman and a white woman as alternates.

Wilson, Terry's girlfriend, was hit in the neck and chest, Strausbaugh said, and her son, Sincere Wilson, was hit in the shoulder and hand. One of the boy's fingers was later amputated.
Wilson's family has said she was an innocent bystander when officers burst in looking for Terry during the Jan. 4 raid.

Dozens of people accused the police department of being hostile and abusive toward minorities. Many were upset the officer was not charged with more than two misdemeanors.

Kluge blamed Terry for putting his girlfriend in the line of fire and described the scene as chaotic, with other officers also believing they were under fire.

"It's not like they had a couple minutes to come in and decide what to do," Kluge said. "These decisions are made in milliseconds."

Officers were told before the raid that children were likely inside the house, based on sightings of toys outside, Strausbaugh said.

Kluge said the SWAT team announced they were police with search warrants and repeatedly yelled warnings to get down.

"You could hear it down the block," he said.

Terry pleaded guilty in March to charges of drug trafficking.

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