Bronx, New York:
Amadou Diallo was chased by four plainclothes police officers into his
apartment building. Apparently thinking they were robbers, he tried to
hand over his wallet, but the police opened fire at close range and hit
him with 19 bullets, killing him. The other 22 bullets missed him.
Diallo was unarmed.
New York, New York:
Abner Louima was sodomized with a plunger by two police officers in a
police department bathroom, to the point that his intestines were
ruptured and he suffered severe damage to his internal organs.
Austin, Texas: Rodney Wickware died after being assaulted by five police officers trying to arrest him for walking through traffic on foot.
Richmond, Texas: Robert "Jack" Williams was shot six times and killed during a traffic stop. Williams was unarmed.
Derek Kaeserman was shot and killed by seven Houston police officers
who had surrounded his truck after a brief chase. Police fired 59
rounds into the truck. Mr. Kaeserman was unarmed.
Bellaire, Texas: Travis Allen was shot twice in the back and killed while laying on the floor under arrest. He was unarmed.
Leon Fisher was shot and killed by police after being stopped for
speeding. According to bystanders, Fisher was handcuffed when he was
shot, sparking a riot.
Greenville, South Carolina:
Jamel Radcliff died of asphyxiation after four guards choked him and
beat his head on the concrete floor. He was arrested for not paying a
Becky Garnet was shot in the back of the head and killed as she sat in
her car during a traffic stop. The police officer thought she had a
gun, but it was a bag of potato chips.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan police officers have used
law enforcement databases to find the home addresses and other
information on people they wanted to harass, including sexual rivals,
love interests and others.
Newark, New Jersey:
Earl Faison died in police custody after police sprayed him in the face
with chemicals. He was mistaken for another man who had killed a police
officer the year before.
While participating in a strike at the GE plant, Kjeston "Michelle"
Rodgers, 40, was hit and killed by a police car. Police claim it was an
accident, but there is a long history of police killing strikers. If
YOU ever hit and kill someone, saying "it was an accident" gets you out
Gregg Sevier's parents called 911 because he was depressed and
suicidal. They asked for a mental health professional but instead got
two police officers who picked the lock to Gregg's bedroom door. Gregg
pointed a knife at them and they shot him six times. One bullet went
through Gregg and struck his sister Judy.
Donald Scott. Age 62
at the time of his death at his home in Malibu, CA. on October 2, 1992.
Scott and his wife, Frances Plante, were awakened by a pounding at the
door. As Plante attempted to open the door, a narcotics task force from
the LA County Sheriff's Dept. burst into the home, weapons in hand.
Plante was pushed forcefully from the door at gun point. She cried out,
"Don't shoot me, don't kill me!" With a gun aimed at her head, she
looked to her right and saw Donald charging into the room, waving a
revolver above his head. She heard a deputy shout, "Put the gun down!
Put the gun down! Put the gun down!" As Scott was doing so, she heard
three gun shots ring out, apparently from two sources. Her husband was
killed instantly. Scott was a millionaire, heir to the Scott Paper
fortune. Scott owned 250 acres of breathtakingly beautiful land that
was adjacent to federal park lands. Attempts had been made by the feds
to buy the property, but Scott was not interested in selling. Claims
that there might be pot growing on the land, made by agents who did
aerial surveillance, were used to get a search warrant. An official
inquiry suggested that agents were hoping this raid would lead to asset
forfeiture of the property Scott would not sell. No marijuana was
found. Scott did not even smoke it.
Annie Rae Dixon Age 84
- Bedridden when she was killed by police in a 1992 drug raid in East
Texas. A 28 year-old officer said his automatic pistol accidentally
discharged when he kicked open Mrs. Dixon's bedroom door. Earlier that
night, Police claim they recieved a tip that there were drugs in the
So they got a search warrant, and returned to the house just after 2
am. They sprinted up the ramshackle porch and smashed the front door
with a battering ram. Accoding to police, they swept in, the officer
kicked in the door to Ms. Dixon's bedroom and fell, slamming his elbow
against the door and firing the gun, killing her instantly. No drugs
were found in the home.
Alberto Sepulveda, September 13, 2000 -
11 year old Alberto Sepulveda was a 7th grader at Prescott Senior
Elementary School in Modesto, California. The raid was supposedly part
of a drug trafficking investigation. A SWAT team violently assaulted
Alberto's home because his father was accused of posessing drugs.
Knowing that Moises Sepulveda was a family man, with a wife and 3
children, ages 8, 11 and 14, the decision was, naturally, made to raid
the home at 6:16 a.m. on a school day. SWAT teams called upon for the
early morning raid of the children's home were from the Sacramento and
San Francisco offices of the FBI, the DEA, the Stanislaus County
Sheriff's Department and the Lodi Police Department.
David Hawn, a 21
year police veteran with 18 1/2 years experience on SWAT teams,
unloaded his shotgun into the back of the 11 year old boy, ending his
life instantly. Of course, officials quickly labeled the shooting
"accidental." Just as the drunk driver feels it is just an accident
when his car happens to go up a curb and crush the life from a child,
teams of men armed with loaded weapons who break into children's homes
feel it is just an accident when a shotgun happens to go off and rip a
child's body to shreds.
Robert Adams On October 4, 2000, 61 year old John Adams of Lebanon,
Tennessee was gunned down by police raiding the wrong house, supposedly
looking for drugs.
He was watching TV when armed men burst through the door. His wife
Loraine Adams, who said that the armed invaders did not identify
themselves as police until after the shooting, was handcuffed and
thrown onto her knees in a different room while her husband bled to
death. Police Chief Billy Weeks said that the shooting was not the
fault of the two officers who shot Grandpa Adams, Officers Kyle Shedran
and Greg Day. The raid was blamed on false information from a police
Mario Paz A 69
year old grandfather died a brutal death at the hands of police looking
for marijuana on August 9, 1999. No drugs were found. It was an hour
before midnight when an El Monte police SWAT team, serving a search
warrant as part of a broad-ranging narcotics investigation, undertook
what it called the "high-risk entry" of a Compton home--shooting the
locks off the front and back doors. Their warrant, which named no one
in the Paz home, says police expected to find marijuana and cash
belonging to a suspected member of a drug ring who had allegedly used
the house as a mail drop. They found no drugs, but in the course of the
search they shot a retired grandfather twice in the back--killing him.
The widow was hustled out of the house in nothing but panties, a towel
and plastic handcuffs. She and six others were later taken away and
intensively interrogated, but no one was charged. Ten thousand dollars
in cash was seized as evidence, along with a .22- caliber rifle and
three pistols, according to investigators for the Los Angeles County
Sheriff's Department. The family said that the money was patriarch
Mario Paz's life savings and that he kept firearms for protection in
the high-crime neighborhood.
Pedro Oregon Navarro:
On July 12, 1998, Pedro Oregon Navarro, a 22 year-old father of two,
was shot to death in the bathroom of his home by at least six Houston
(TX) police officers. The officers had entered Navarro's home by
kicking in his door without a warrant on the word of a drug suspect who
told them that there were drugs being sold in the apartment. No drugs
were found in the home and, blood tests on Navarro's corpse came back
Officers claimed that they believed that Navarro had fired upon them,
but ballistics tests showed that all 30 shots were fired by the
officers. Twelve of those shots hit Navarro, nine from above and behind
him. In the days following the shooting, Harris County D.A. Johnny
Holmes inflamed passions, telling the press that the officers were
within their rights to kill Navarro as they believed he was resisting
arrest. This case is a very clear illustration of the insanity and
brutality that our government is using against defenseless citizens.
Does the constitution say anything about the state having the right to
kick in the doors of its innocent citizens?
(shot, not killed, for holding candy bar) A federal undercover agent
working on a "High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force" in
Queens, NY, shot a local high school student when he mistook a candy
bar in the youth's hand for a gun. 17 year-old Andre Burgess, captain
of the Hillcrest High School soccer team, was walking down 138th street
in Laurelton, Queens, when the carload of Federal agents rolled by and
one officer, identified by the New York Daily News as William Cannon,
jumped out. Cannon apparently identified himself, but, according to
Burgess, gave the teen no time to react. "I turned to see what was up,
and boom, I'm hit, and I fell to the ground." Burgess also described
the callousness with which the incident was handled even after it was
discovered that he had been unarmed and apparently wholly uninvolved in
any criminal activity. "I'm laying there, bleeding, waiting to go the
hospital, and he's shaking hands with the other cops, or agents, or
whatever they were," he said.
"He asked one of them, 'Don't I know you from some other case?' And I'm
still lying there." DRCNet Executive Director David Borden commented,
"The incident is reminiscent of the Esequiel Hernandez killing in
Redford, Texas, by U.S. Marines. In neither case did the aggressors
provide appropriate medical assistance to their victims. Fortunately,
Burgess was not fatally wounded. But then, this is only the one
incident out of many that happened to get some press."
David Aguilar, 44,
retired from the military after 20 years and decided to live on his
pension so he could be a "stay-at-home dad" to his five youngest
children, aged 3 to 15, according to Beth Cascaddan, his neighbor in
the Three Points area, 22 miles west of Tucson, Ariz. "He was extremely
devoted to his children," Ms Cascaddan told reporter Melissa Martinez
of the daily Tucson Citizen. Aguilar also coached youth football and
baseball. But on the early afternoon of Friday, Jan. 10, David Aguilar
sensed something wrong. A man was sitting in a car parked alongside the
road bordering Aguilar's property, just sitting and watching.Aguilar's
children, including his 15-year-old son, later recalled that their
father approached the man in the parked car, asking whether he was
Whatever the man said, it led to an argument. Seeing that the stranger
was not going to move along, Aguilar went back to the house and
returned with a gun. The children told neighbor Bonnie Moreno their
father was simply trying to scare the man away.
There is no indication David Aguilar ever fired. When the man in the
car saw Aguilar returning, he drew his own gun and, at 2:45 that Friday
afternoon, fired multiple times through his own windshield. David
Aguilar died that evening in a Tucson hospital, of a single gunshot
wound to the chest. It turns out the shooter is an undercover agent of
the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Although David Aguilar and his family were not the target of any drug
investigation, the unnamed agent was staking out their neighborhood.
"Investigators did not say whether the agent identified himself" to
Aguilar before opening fire, the Tucson newspapers report. Although a
funeral was held , burial did not take place until the family raised
$3,213 in funeral costs.
An 18 year-old high school student from the small Texas border town of
Redford, was just tending his family's goats, was shot by Marines given
the job of stopping the drug flow. Officials said Mr. Hernandez, to
their knowledge, was not engaged in any illegal activities, when he was
shot. His family said he had just returned home from high school and
had taken his flock of 30 goats out for grazing. Just a few minutes
after Junior ventured out with his flock, a squad of four camouflaged
U.S. Marines on a covert anti-drug mission, shot and killed the young
shepherd -- A U.S citizen slain by his own military on U.S. soil.
The Marines, who were helping the Border Patrol stake out a reputed
smuggling corridor near the Hernandez clan's ranchito, do not allege
that Junior was trafficking in narcotics. They claim that he fired his
gun twice, and that they returned fire with semiautomatic M-16's.
Marine Col. Thomas Kelly said that this was all in compliance with the
rules of engagement. But to the many people touched by Esequiel
Hernandez Jr. - an estimated 800 mourners trudged up a dirt road to
Redford's cemetery - his death was more than a tragic footnote.
They say it is inconceivable that the same boy who was still studying
for his driver's license exam, knowingly could have fired at another
human being. They believe his death was a murder, committed by troops
trained for combat, not for the subtleties of a rustic Mexican American
village. An autopsy on a high school sophomore shot to death by a
Marine anti-drug squad on the Texas-Mexico border shows the youth bled
to death after a bullet pierced his side, fragmented, then tore through
his aorta, stomach and other organs. The report also shows that the
bullet that struck 18-year-old Ezequiel Hernandez Jr. entered on the
right side of his chest, then traveled toward the left side of his body
on two divergent paths.
Prosecutors have said the wound indicates the right-handed teen- ager,
who fired two shots with a .22-caliber rifle before he was killed, was
not aiming at the Marines when he was hit. The autopsy failed to find
any substances in Hernandez's blood, except "a trace of coffee," said
Daniel Bodine, justice of the peace in Presidio. "Everything came out
clean." The town had no knowledge the Marines were patrolling in
camouflaged uniforms - ghillie suits which make them virtually
invisible to the unknowing eye. The Marines had been out there for days
within close range of homes and people were unaware of their presence.
unarmed, shot while holding 5 year old daughter, however she was
fortunate, she survived. On October 23,1998, at approximately 7:30am,
in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, the drug raid took place at the private
residence of Steve and Pat Eymer. Their house was swarmed by a team of
police to "serve" a drug related arrest warrant. Inside this residence
was a 13 year old teenage girl, a 5 year old little girl, a 4 month old
infant, their Mother, Dad and another couple that had stopped by for a
cup of coffee on their way to a fishing trip.
Armed agents poured in screaming and waving guns at people. The mother
reached for her 5 year old to keep her from running in terror and as
she held her frightened daughter her shoulder was blown off by one of
the trained terrorists!
NO FIREARMS, and NO DRUGS were in the house, and the mother was in the
kitchen several feet away from the goon squad. The 13 year old passed
out at the sight of seeing her mother shot down in her own home and the
5 year old went into total hysteria (remind you of Ruby Ridge?).
If these so called "men" are so scared of being hurt, they need to get
out of the business and let people with common sense and decency tend
to these matters.
If this was an isolated incident, a huge law suit and public apology
may serve for justice, but this is becoming a regular pattern in this
country for the past several years now. This was the act of a coward
which could not control his fear. The Sallisaw police department (THE
CRIMINALS) filed no charges on the innocent victims of their brutal
assault. How considerate of them. There were no firearms or drugs in
the house. What could justify shooting an unarmed citizen, with a 5 yr
old in their arms.
Bruce Lavoie On
August 3, 1989, Lavoie lay peacefully sleeping in the room he shared
with his young son in the village of Hudson, New Hampshire. At five in
the morning he was awakened by a loud noise as his whole home was
shaken violently. A battering ram had smashed his front door, and a
dark band of armed men rushed into his small apartment. Rising to
defend his son, Lavoie was shot to death as his little boy watched
Christian Missionaries Veronica and Charity Bowers.
On April 20, 2001, a Peruvian Air Force plane, acting in connection
with U.S. "anti-drug" efforts, shot down a private plane, killing 35
year old Veronica Bowers, a Christian missionary from Muskegon,
Michigan, and her 7 month old infant daughter Charity. A single bullet
passed through the woman's body and into the skull of her youngster.
Her husband, son, and the pilot of the plane survived, however, pilot
Kevin Donaldson suffered a crushed leg bone and severed arteries. A CIA
plane had alerted the Peruvian authorities to Bowers' plane, which
appeared "suspicious." Pilot Donaldson had filed a flight plan to land
in Iquitos, Peru, but evidently the information was not passed on to
the American authorities.
Since the CIA did not know about the flight in advance, the assumption
was that the plane was carrying drugs, so the people aboard naturally
had to be killed. There were no drugs found on the plane.
Rev. Accelyne Williams.
In a police raid on his Boston apartment in 1994, the 75-year-old
Methodist minister who collapsed and died of heart failure, at the
hands of Boston police. Acting on a tip by an informant, the police
conducted a no-knock raid. They burst into Williams's Dorchester
apartment, breaking down the front door. Police then chased Williams
into his bedroom, breaking down that door as well. They then flipped
him on his stomach and handcuffed him as one cop thrust his knee in
Williams's back. Williams death was yet another example of the
systematic and callous disregard that the government has for the
rights, safety, and welfare of the people of this nation. No criminal
charges were brought against any of the police involved in the death of
Williams. One officer received a 30-day suspension with pay while two
others were reprimanded. No guns or drugs were found, as it was soon
discovered they raided the wrong apartment.
UNARMED MAN SHOT BY POLICE. Houston police officer K.N. Patton shot and killed James Cameron Higgins with a single gunshot to the throat in March, 1990.
Higgins was unarmed and was driving a pickup that had one female
passenger. Patton's account states that he saw Higgins' truck pulling
away from a McDonald's restaurant where there had been a holdup and
reports of gunfire.
Patton chased the truck, lights and siren on, but Higgins did not stop
until he had pulled into a parking lot and hit a utility pole. With his
gun drawn, Patton approached the truck and ordered Higgins out. Higgins
refused and Patton tried to force him out and in the process the gun
went off, the bullet striking Higgins. Drugs were found in the truck,
and the woman passenger was suffering from a drug overdose, according
to a statement by investigators.
However, one eyewitness (not the passenger) claims she saw the driver
get out of the truck on his own and then two police officers approached
with guns drawn. Shortly thereafter a single shot was heard. The
suspect in the robbery that brought Patton to the scene had fled on
foot and was not apprehended, and police suspect he took part in a
convenience store robbery that occurred a short time later.
If you read anything on this site, you must read this: Know your RIGHTS when dealing with the police