Friday, July 17, 2015

Police murder in Stonewall?

Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba claimed an autopsy shows that a police officer in Stonewall choked a man to death.  The Clarion-Ledger reported:

An attorney for the family of Jonathan Sanders says an autopsy shows he died from strangulation on July 8 during a physical encounter with a Stonewall police officer.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba said Thursday that he was present when multiple law enforcement agencies briefed Sanders’ family members Tuesday, telling them that he died from “manual asphyxiation” and that the death was a homicide.

“The preliminary autopsy in the death of Jonathan Sanders determined that the cause of death was manual asphyxiation. Eyewitnesses report having seen Officer Kevin Herrington choking Jonathan Sanders continuously for over 20 minutes,” a release from Lumumba and Associates stated. “The preliminary autopsy report determined that the manner of death was homicide. The community and the attorneys for Jonathan Sanders feel that this is enough to establish probable cause exists with which to indict Officer Herrington.”

Sanders, a black man, was driving a horse and buggy in the town before the 25-year-old Herrington, who is white, stopped him in a residential neighborhood. Lumumba said relatives believe Herrington is at fault in Sanders’ death.

Lumumba said Herrington was behind Sanders. When Herrington turned on the blue lights on his cruiser, it startled the horse, who reared and threw Sanders out of his buggy. He said Sanders went after the horse, which is when Herrington allegedly grabbed Sanders from behind and threw him to the ground.

Sanders allegedly said twice, “I can’t breathe,” and another witness told the officer that Sanders couldn’t breathe, his arms weren’t moving and the grass was too high. Lumumba and associate C.J. Lawrence said one of the three eyewitnesses works in law enforcement. Rest of article.

Kingfish note: If the cop indeed murdered Sanders by choking him to death;  then indict, prosecute, and convict him.  JJ's sentence recommendation: Death in the same manner as that of the victim. 

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've read various stories of this. The initial report said the officer choked him to death with a flashlight. Then I read somewhere that the horsemans head lamp came down around his neck during the arrest and that's what choked him. Hopefully all parties remain calm and allow the facts to come out. Mississippi doesn't need to be the next Baltimore.

Why did the Clarion ledger identify the witnesses? Is that normal protocol? Seems like that could put their safety in jeopardy, which could effect their testimony.

Let It Roll Out said...

If the investigation proves the policeman to be guilty, I'm sure we all want him prosecuted to the full extent of the law. No reason to be posturing and 'taking sides' and bristling up. Guilty is guilty. Not guilty is not guilty.

Anonymous said...

Little Chucky ringing that cash register

Anonymous said...

Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, Stonewall will now be safer with this habitual drug dealer off of the streets for good.

Anonymous said...

The rent a mob that has been parading around the Country is en-route to Stonewall, Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

I agree that if the officer did not have justification to do what he did, then he should be charged and convicted. I'm not disputing that wrong is wrong. But let the investigation be concluded and we get all the facts before we pass judgment.

That said, I respectfully have two problems with Mr Lumumba's statement. One, the autopsy report showed the cause of death was "manual asphyxiation", i.e. choking, which we already knew was the cause of death. But in Mr Lumumba's statement he went as far as to say the autopsy report found the cause of death to be "homicide". No, it didn't. It said it was manual asphyxiation. Big difference. Homicide is the "deliberate and unlawful killing of another". We don't know yet whether the officer's use of this force was unlawful or justified. Regardless, the autopsy report did not say this was "homicide".

Two, I see that Mr Lumumba's firm represents both the family....and the witnesses. Isn't that a conflict or at least a little questionable ? Why do the witnesses need an attorney ? I've been practicing law for over 20 years now, and only once in my practice has a witness ever had his/her own attorney, and in that instance, it was because the witness had possible liability too. None of the supposed witnesses to this incident have any liability here, so why do they need an attorney, and if they do, is it proper that it be the same attorney representing the family ? It seems to bring their credibility into question, and if I was the family or representing the family, I would not want that.

Again, I'm not saying the officer is innocent or guilty. Just trying to weigh what little proof that has been released.

Joseph said...

I'm curious about the claim of of the officer having choked the deceased for 20 minutes. That's quite a long time to be involved in choking somebody, and I was under the impression it didn't take nearly that long for somebody to die from choking. Guess we'll find out eventually.

Anonymous said...

10:12: All autopsy reports say either "homicide, accidental, natural, or undetermined" as far as cause of death is concerned. The autopsy report in this case apparently did say the death was the result of a "homicide". BUT when using the term "homicide" in an autopsy report it does not mean the legal term "homicide" to which you refer. In other words, using "homicide" in the autopsy report does not make the death a "murder". Any forensic pathologist will quickly advise you of that.

Anonymous said...

Is this a white on black, black on black, black on white or white on white situation? It does make a difference, you know.

Anonymous said...

People do not follow the commands of law enforcement officer nowadays. Black want a confrontation. It get press, payouts, and attention.

Anonymous said...

We have judges, juries, and trials to bring justice. No need to burn down any buildings in Stonewall. They don't have a large supply to begin with.

Anonymous said...

11:05, right you are. the purpose of an "autopsy" is to determine the cause and manner of death, not to determine criminal liability of any particular person. for instance, when someone is legally executed, it is a "homicide". homicide simply means the killing of a human being. the attorney was completely accurate in his comment.

Anonymous said...

1:56: I must've stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Anonymous said...

"Two, I see that Mr Lumumba's firm represents both the family....and the witnesses. Isn't that a conflict or at least a little questionable ? Why do the witnesses need an attorney ?"

I suspect the "witnesses" want a taste of whatever payout the family gets, and the lawyer is coordinating things so they get their stories straight to ensure that payout comes.

Anonymous said...

Oh you know it's the new bullshit. If Lumumba's clown group is involved. Pulling the race card bullshit... "I can't breath" Really??? how are you speaking? This shit is getting old!! Cut the crap.. People want a war? Start with the Lib Democraps!!! Your morons understand the KKK were democraps?? Still are!!!

Cbalducc said...

If there is a settlement, where will the money come from? Stonewall is not a wealthy town.

Suscribe to latest on JJ.

Recent Comments

Search Jackson Jambalaya

Loading...

Subscribe to JJ's Youtube channel

Who is the hottest reporter?

Archives

Who is the Hottest Reporter in Jackson?

Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).


Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.


In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.


Note: Security provided by INS.

Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS
.