White Cops Executing Minorities in Connecticut, Get Away with It
February 23, 2004
Should a White Police Officer get away with allegedly executing an African American?
Many African Americans and those concerned with Police Brutality and Civil Rights Abuses were alarmed over the case of Scott Smith, allegedly, chasing down an African American suspect, standing or kneeling on his back, shooting a round from his police sidearm shooting the suspect through the back.
To some obviously a brutal murder, to most police officers it seemed that it was too bad that Scott Smith may lose his job as a police officer.
Police should not police themselves. I know from experience, in Connecticut, police officers will refuse to even take complaints against another officer, refusing to even deny the accusations, nor to investigate them.
Try making a �false� complaint and see how fast police will react.
I have included an Associated Press piece and the same story told by a pro Police Officer site. The completely different accounts tells me that police should not be in charge of investigating and punishing other police officers for misconduct and illegal activities.
-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)
Jury convicts white officer in shooting of black suspect
Tuesday, March 14, 2000
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LITCHFIELD, Conn. -- A white police officer was convicted of manslaughter yesterday for shooting an unarmed black suspect in the back at point-blank range.
Scott Smith, 28, had been the first Connecticut police officer to be charged with murder for an action committed in the line of duty.
The jury acquitted the New Milford officer of murder but found him guilty of intentional manslaughter in the December 1998 shooting of Franklyn Reid. Smith could get up to 40 years in prison when sentenced May 5.
"A trillion, trillion, trillion thanks to the jury, for your courage to do the right thing," said Reid's mother, Pearlylyn Reid.
The officer said he shot Reid, 27, because he believed Reid was reaching for a weapon.
"When he made that classic move, I thought, 'Oh (expletive), I'm dead," Smith testified last week.
Reid was unarmed. A short folding knife was discovered in the pocket of a jacket found a few feet away from his body.
Smith shot Reid once in the back. Prosecution witnesses testified that they saw Reid sitting or lying down moments before the shooting; an expert testified for prosecutors that Smith's bootprint was on Reid's shirt.
Just before the shooting, Reid -- who was wanted for failure to appear in court -- had led Smith on a brief foot chase. Reid had also eluded another officer earlier in the day.
Smith shook his head when the verdict was read but made no other comment.
Despite the objections of Smith's lawyers, Judge Charles Gill allowed the jury to consider the less serious charges of intentional and negligent manslaughter, in addition to murder. The jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon.
Reid was wanted on charges of violating probation, telephone harassment and failure to appear in court. His criminal record included convictions on assault and sexual assault charges.
The charges against Smith initially brought protests from hundreds of police officers. His conviction follows the acquittals last month of four white New York City police officers in the shooting death of West African immigrant Amadou Diallo.
But the Reid case focused less on race than on the recent spate of suspects killed by Connecticut police officers.
Dwight and Pearlylyn Reid, who moved with their three sons from Jamaica to New Milford in 1986, had rejected an offer of assistance from the Rev. Al Sharpton, the New York activist involved in the Diallo case.
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