2008-02-01 / Letters

Questions Remain Unanswered

Dear Editor,

I am a prisoner at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville, New York. I am writing to The Wave about the Ronnie Smalls "execution" by police as for a title given in the letter by reader Kareem Johnson (01/11/08 issue). Before The Wave ran the story on the Smalls shooting by police, Mr. Johnson must have anticipated that certain questions about the shooting would go unanswered so he asked: "Why did police stop Smalls in the first place?"

According to The Wave, Smalls had been approached by police in November 2007, and that during that time, he allegedly threw away a firearm, and eluded police. The November 2007 incident allegedly resulted in the police confronting Smalls in January 2008, which lead to him being shot dead by police after he allegedly pointed a gun at them. There are several questions that remain unanswered about this incident. For starters, why had the police approached Smalls in November 2007 in the first place? Secondly, why would Smalls throw away a gun in November 2007 as claimed by police after they confronted him before he ran off, and two months later in January point a gun at them when confronted about the November 2007 incident? Why not point a gun at them in November? Also, had Smalls been identified in the November incident? Was a warrant issued for his arrest?

The omission by police concerning their reasons for confronting Smalls in November 2007 raised suspicion considering that the same Rockaway police had arrested Smalls months earlier for an unrelated crime that the Queens County Grand Jury had refused to indict Smalls on. Had there been no credible reason by police for confronting Smalls in November, then they should be indicted for his murder in January because the November incident is what the police are claiming they confronted Smalls for in January. Some people seem to believe that police officers as well as correction officers that guard the people arrested by police are above suspicion when it comes to beatings and killings of blacks by white uniformed officers, as though the uniform itself attest to the overall credibility of these officers denial of wrong doing. The fact of the matter is that there are certain hate group elements in America's society that have infiltrated law enforcement agencies as reported who would like to see blacks and other non-whites (Jews included) eradicated from society, and the earth. Still, the question remains unanswered as to "why the police approached Smalls in the first place?" and I applaud Mr. Johnson for asking the question that nobody else seem to be asking.

CLIFFORD HOWARD

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