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Reporting from Homer, La. -- On the last afternoon of his life, Bernard Monroe was hosting a cookout for family and friends in front of his dilapidated home in this small northern Louisiana town.

Throat cancer had left the 73-year-old retired electric utility worker unable to talk, but family members said he clearly was enjoying the commotion of a dozen of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren cavorting in the grassless yard.

Then the Homer police showed up, two white officers whose arrival caused the participants at the black family's gathering to fall silent.

Within moments, Monroe was dead, shot by one of the officers as his family looked on.

Now the Louisiana State Police, the FBI and the Justice Department are swarming over this impoverished lumber town of 3,800, drawn by allegations from numerous witnesses that police killed Monroe without justification -- and then moved a gun to make it look like he had been holding it.

"We are closely monitoring the events in Homer," said Donald Washington, the U.S. attorney for the western district of Louisiana. "I understand that a number of allegations are being made that, if true, would be serious enough for us to follow up on very quickly."

Monroe's friends and relatives say they still don't understand why the neighborhood patriarch ended up dead.

Four witnesses said he was sitting outside his home in the late afternoon on Feb. 20 -- clutching a large sports-drink bottle -- when two police officers pulled up and summoned over his son, Shawn.

Shawn Monroe, who has a long record of arrests and convictions on charges of assault and battery but was not wanted on any warrants, reportedly ran into the house.

One of the officers, who had been on Homer's police force only a few weeks, chased after him and reappeared moments later in the doorway, the witnesses said.

Meanwhile, the elder Monroe had started walking toward the front door. When he got to the first step on the porch, the witnesses said, the rookie officer opened fire, striking Monroe several times.

"He just shot him through the screen door," said Denise Nicholson, a family friend who said she was standing a few feet away. "After [Monroe] was on the ground, we kept asking the officer to call an ambulance, but all he did was get on his radio and say, 'Officer in distress.' "

The witnesses said the second officer picked up a handgun that Monroe, an avid hunter, always kept in plain sight on the porch for protection. Using a latex glove, the officer grasped the gun by its handle, the witnesses said, and ordered everyone to back away. The next thing they said they saw was the gun next to Monroe's body.

"I saw him pick up the gun off the porch," Marcus Frazier said. "I said, 'What are you doing?' The cop told me, 'Shut the hell up, you don't know what you're talking about.' "

Homer police maintain Monroe was holding a loaded gun when he was shot, but would not comment further.

The shooting took place amid long-standing tensions between police and the residents of Monroe's crime-plagued neighborhood.

"People here are afraid of the police," said Terry Willis, vice president of the Homer branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People. "They harass black people, they stop people for no reason and rough them up without charging them with anything."

That is how it should be, responded Homer Police Chief Russell Mills, who noted the high rates of gun and drug arrests in the neighborhood.

"If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names," said Mills, who is white. "I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested.

"We're not out there trying to abuse and harass people -- we're trying to protect the law-abiding citizens locked behind their doors in fear."

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-race-shootings17-2009mar17,0,3587334.story



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I guess he is trying to even things out now that Obama is president.

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Without any retribution crooked cops can become even more brazen with their abuse of power. I hope that this is considered crossing the line because as sickening as it is when cops get away with committing brutality and murder, getting away with this would lower things to a whole new level.

the list of crooked cops is growing it use to be a small number of them.
now there is more crooked cops then good cops. we have this cop that lives in my area.when he is off duty he likes to drink and drive.
so last summer he blew the stop sign and had a car crash with the
guy next door. well the guy next door to me is a ex-cop.
so the drunk cop could not even walk he was wasted
so instead of the cops hauling him off to jail they took him home.
and 3 days later he was out drinking and driveing again

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Now I disagree that cops are somehow more crooked than they used to be. You won't see me stick up for cops very often, but people have ALWAYS been crooked. They aren't more crooked now than they used to be.

In fact, cops are probably more respectful of people's rights now than they used to be. Some of them only do it because they have to if they want to secure a conviction, but some police do have a great deal of respect for staying within their constitutional limitations.

And cops have to deal with a ton of fucking assholes. I mean really, who is ever nice to cops when they get pulled over or when the cops ask them what they are doing? I know one of the reasons I have never gotten a ticket and just warnings was because I didn't act like a douche to the cops.

Now one time they did search my car for marijuana, but that is a different story. I'm smart enough to not drive with anything, so I was more than happy to let him search the car because I didn't get a ticket. And he was totally nice about it. Took a minute or two.

We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers…Also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.  The only thing that really worried me was the ether.  There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. –Raoul Duke

It is hard to shed anything but crocodile tears over White House speechwriter Patrick Buchanan's tragic analysis of the Nixon debacle. "It's like Sisyphus," he said. "We rolled the rock all the way up the mountain...and it rolled right back down on us...."  Neither Sisyphus nor the commander of the Light Brigade nor Pat Buchanan had the time or any real inclination to question what they were doing...a martyr, to the bitter end, to a "flawed" cause and a narrow, atavistic concept of conservative politics that has done more damage to itself and the country in less than six years than its liberal enemies could have done in two or three decades. -Hunter S. Thompson

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Ok I think people do not realize the cop's view when you get pulled over. Imagine this you are pulling over a person you have NEVER met, but who is committing a crime. You have to walk up to them and punish them for what they did. You never know what kind of person is in that car.

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akuma587 said:
Now I disagree that cops are somehow more crooked than they used to be. You won't see me stick up for cops very often, but people have ALWAYS been crooked. They aren't more crooked now than they used to be.

In fact, cops are probably more respectful of people's rights now than they used to be. Some of them only do it because they have to if they want to secure a conviction, but some police do have a great deal of respect for staying within their constitutional limitations.

And cops have to deal with a ton of fucking assholes. I mean really, who is ever nice to cops when they get pulled over or when the cops ask them what they are doing? I know one of the reasons I have never gotten a ticket and just warnings was because I didn't act like a douche to the cops.

Now one time they did search my car for marijuana, but that is a different story. I'm smart enough to not drive with anything, so I was more than happy to let him search the car because I didn't get a ticket. And he was totally nice about it. Took a minute or two.

 

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Where in there does it say hes racist?

All I see is a rookie cop making a stupid move... and another cop making an even stupider move trying to cover it up.

I guess you could accuse the police cheif of being racist, but that's not the cop who shot the guy... nor is what he said racist really... if said neighberhood is really full of crime, and also the only place most black people in the area come from.  I wouldn't say it was racist to be more cautious around people of a certain race.



akuma587 said:
Now I disagree that cops are somehow more crooked than they used to be. You won't see me stick up for cops very often, but people have ALWAYS been crooked. They aren't more crooked now than they used to be.

In fact, cops are probably more respectful of people's rights now than they used to be. Some of them only do it because they have to if they want to secure a conviction, but some police do have a great deal of respect for staying within their constitutional limitations.

And cops have to deal with a ton of fucking assholes. I mean really, who is ever nice to cops when they get pulled over or when the cops ask them what they are doing? I know one of the reasons I have never gotten a ticket and just warnings was because I didn't act like a douche to the cops.

Now one time they did search my car for marijuana, but that is a different story. I'm smart enough to not drive with anything, so I was more than happy to let him search the car because I didn't get a ticket. And he was totally nice about it. Took a minute or two.

That's true.  One time I was going like... 60 in a 15 because i had a bad day at school and totally wasn't paying attention to what I was doing...

The cop pulled me over and said

"Do you know how fast you were going."

I said "honestly no, i didn't realize it until I saw how fast you were driving behind me." etc etc.  Apologized, and then when asked me if I deserved a ticket I honestly said I did... cause I did.

He was so surprised he went back to his car, came back for a moment and told me he was just going to give me a warning.

I mean 60 in a 15?  No way should i have just got a warnign.  That was just stupid.  I think that would of been like a 400 dollar ticket.



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60 in a 15 is actually much worse than just a speeding ticket. That is reckless endangerment in most states and that can land you in jail. You certainly did get lucky that the cop was in good mood.

We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers…Also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.  The only thing that really worried me was the ether.  There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. –Raoul Duke

It is hard to shed anything but crocodile tears over White House speechwriter Patrick Buchanan's tragic analysis of the Nixon debacle. "It's like Sisyphus," he said. "We rolled the rock all the way up the mountain...and it rolled right back down on us...."  Neither Sisyphus nor the commander of the Light Brigade nor Pat Buchanan had the time or any real inclination to question what they were doing...a martyr, to the bitter end, to a "flawed" cause and a narrow, atavistic concept of conservative politics that has done more damage to itself and the country in less than six years than its liberal enemies could have done in two or three decades. -Hunter S. Thompson