Ohio Police Shoot Black Mother and Infant

Unbelievable!  *sigh*

From The New York Times –

“This thing just stinks to high heaven, and the police know it,” said Jason Upthegrove, president of the Lima chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. “We’re not asking for answers anymore. We’re demanding them.”

Some facts are known. A SWAT team arrived at Ms. Wilson’s rented house in the Southside neighborhood early in the evening of Jan. 4 to arrest her companion, Anthony Terry, on suspicion of drug dealing, said Greg Garlock, Lima’s police chief. Officers bashed in the front door and entered with guns drawn, said neighbors who saw the raid.

Moments later, the police opened fire, killing Ms. Wilson, 26, and wounding her 14-month-old son, Sincere, Chief Garlock said. One officer involved in the raid, Sgt. Joseph Chavalia, a 31-year veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Beyond these scant certainties, there is mostly rumor and rage. The police refuse to give any account of the raid, pending an investigation by the Ohio attorney general.

Black people in Lima, from the poorest citizens to religious and business leaders, complain that rogue police officers regularly stop them without cause, point guns in their faces, curse them and physically abuse them. They say the shooting of Ms. Wilson is only the latest example of a long-running pattern of a few white police officers treating African-Americans as people to be feared.

“There is an evil in this town,” said C. M. Manley, 68, pastor of New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. “The police harass me. They harass my family. But they know that if something happens to me, people will burn down this town.”

Internal investigations have uncovered no evidence of police misconduct, Chief Garlock said. Still, local officials recognize that the perception of systemic racism has opened a wide chasm.

“The situation is very tense,” Mayor David J. Berger said. “Serious threats have been made. People are starting to carry weapons to protect themselves.”

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2 responses to “Ohio Police Shoot Black Mother and Infant

  1. This is horrible. Short of opening fire on them, this is totally unjustifiable and we all know that if she did such a thing, they would be putting it out there. Maybe they’re figuring out how to turn her into the bad one.

    It’s sad that people don’t pay too much attention to police brutality until a totally innocent person dies.

  2. MsAfroEsquire2004

    I agree that the police who shot this young lady should be fired and prosecuted for their actions. No matter who she was and who she lived with she did not deserve to be shot by anyone.

    I also believe the life of Ms. Wilson should be highlighted for a number of our young ladies. First, she is a 26 year old woman with six children by five different men. She was obviously having unprotected sex. The spread of HIV/AIDS and other STDs in among black and latino women has reached epidemic status. Also, we have too many children in multiple father homes (with many half-siblings). Nothing but “drama” follows those situations. It is clearly not a healthy environment to raise a child. We need to teach our young women that the way to a man’s heart is now through your birth canal. I am not that old (28), but at times I feel that we as black young women have lost a sense of self worth in our relationships with men.

    Second, all of her children’s fathers were drug dealers. When you allow a drug dealer into your life, you allow the danger that follows into your life. This story has only made national news because she was shot by police. Young (and older) women like Ms. Wilson are shot by rival drug pushers and users on a daily basis. We need to teach our young people that the drug trade leaves EVERYONE who gets near it in one of two places–the morgue or prison. Unfortunately, most people who participate in this “industry” end up in both places. Ms. Wilson had six children. Would anyone in their right mind let their child be in the presence of a drug dealer? Dodging bullets is an occupational hazard for these guys!

    Again, I am not saying that what happened to this young woman was right. It was clearly wrong and the product of a racist police force intentionally oblivious to lives of the citizens they are supposed to protect. Ms. Wilson and her child were innocent victims, but we as black young women need to live our lives in a way lessens our chances of always being the “victim”. There comes a point when you stop being “innocent”.

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