Henry Green was murdered by police in his own neighborhood on June 6. He was shot without warning by plainclothes police who were there as part of a summer program that is alternately called a “Community” policing program or a “Summer Safety” program. Only the Columbus Police Department is investigating his murder. As his family, along with community organizers from his neighborhood press the city leaders for some real initiative towards justice those leaders have further entrenched themselves and their programs.
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On June 6th Henry Green was a block from his home in Linden with a friend. Henry Green was 23 and a law abiding citizen with a conceal carry permit. He was armed. Two men rolled up in an SUV jumped out and shot and killed him. They only said “Stop! Stop! Stop!” and then fired before Henry Green could react. They were later identified as police in plainclothes.
I own firearms. I'm a leftist. Not a #feelthebern leftist. Bernie is too far to the right for me. Because of my politics, men have come to my home to kill me. This has happened more than once. When it did happen the only things that saved my life, and the lives of my roommates, were training and the physical possession of effective tools.
Its that special time of the year when people do the holiday-family thing: food, gifts, reunion, togetherness, movies. Its also a special time of a generation when my family can introduce its youngest member, my cousin, to the magic of the ultimate myth: Star Wars. I saw Star Wars in the theaters as a small child. It was magic. I was so anxious to pass that magic to my young cousin 38 and change years later.
It all started with an asthma attack. Alexander Paraskos was attending a going away party for a friend when he began having trouble breathing. His friend Torri Sablan began rendering assistance. As the attack got worse, their friend Ashley Henderson arrived at the party, sober, and with an open container of potato salad. Henderson was immediately enlisted to drive Paraskos to the OSU medical center. Sablan rode along to assist. They never made it.
Hundreds of protesters gather in Beavercreek on the anniversary of the police shooting death John Crawford III.
Protesters met on the sidewalk in front of Walmart on August 5th, and observed a moment of silence. The group Black Lives Matter Miami Valley was planning to stage a die-in at 6 p.m. in the pet aisle of the store, where John Crawford III was killed. The group has held several demonstrations and rallies in the area since Crawford’s death.
During the Wednesday protest, Walmart management shut the store down, and customers were turned away for three hours for what the corporate representatives for Walmart called an "operations decision,” an hour before the scheduled die-in.
There is a great deal to be said about Baltimore. A human rights reporter can write a dozen stories. My fact based dis-assembly of the lies from mainstream media sources, the stories told by the police and the aspirations of the politicians will be out soon. This editorial needed to be written now. I've been sitting on some of this for decades, and it is not opinion. This is experience.