JONESBORO, Ark.—The mother of a young, black man fatally shot while handcuffed in the back seat of a police cruiser has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against two Jonesboro Arkansas police officers, their chief, and the city.
A report titled, “Protect Children, Not Guns 2013,” paints a grim picture of the national gun violence epidemic that is the second-leading cause of death among all children ages one through 19. Only car accidents claim the lives of more children and teenagers than guns.
Just as they did during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, recent demonstrations in more than 100 cities around the nation to protest the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman on charges that he murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, many ministers were in the forefront of protests at federal buildings in their communities.
The jury has spoken but the debate continues over the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin and the now successful legal claim of self-defense by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman, who fired the fatal shot that killed Martin the night of Feb. 26, 2012. On July 13—more than a year after the shooting—a jury of six women found Zimmerman not guilty of a charge of second degree murder and not guilty of a last-minute considered charge of manslaughter.
At approximately 10:30 p.m., July 10. officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a 911 hang up call received by dispatchers. There was a female heard yelling on the line and then the call was disconnected. On re-call the line went straight to voice mail. The address of the phone call was ascertained through tracking the signal to the 2400 block of Juliette Avenue. Upon arrival Officers were able to determine that someone was shot. There was a slight language barrier.
At approximately 12:45 p.m., July 10, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of Lillie Street and McKinnie Avenue on an initial report of shots fired in the area. A caller reported hearing shots fired in the area, then seeing a male on the ground. The shooting victim fled the area in a vehicle prior to the arrival of first responders.
At approximately 4:54 p.m., July 2, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 4400 block of Smith Street in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and located two victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Paramedics arrived on scene and transported the victims to a local hospital.
Fort Wayne Police have made an arrest in connection with the June 9, 2013 shooting death of Jabron Q. Totton in a parking lot at the corner of Hanna and Lewis streets. Officers located Eric Jermaine Smith, 36 of Fort Wayne, and took him into custody without incident. Smith was transported to the Allen County Jail on a murder charge. The incident remains under investigation with the City of Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.
The Fort Wayne Police Department is presently investigating an armed robbery that occurred on June 22, 2013 at approximately 1:54 a.m. at 3833 S. Calhoun St., site of a BP Gas Station. It was reported that a black male entered the business brandishing a handgun and demanded money from the register. The perpetrator left the store walking ‘casually’ in a southeast direction from the front of the store.