Jonathan Sanders a 39 year old unarmed black man from Stonewall, Mississippi died after Officer Kevin Herrington placed him in a chokehold for over 20 minutes on the night of July 8, 2015.
Sanders who was a farmer and was at a gas station with his horse and two wheel buggy last Wednesday night, witnessed an altercation between Officer Herrington and a white gentleman he knew. When Sanders approached the pair, and asked Herrington to leave the man alone, the officer became angry and according to the witness, stated “I’m going to get that n—-r.”
Herrington got in his police car to chase after Sanders and when he turned his blue lights on, it startled Sanders’ horse who jolted and caused him to fall to the ground. According to witnesses, when Sanders began to run after his horse, that’s when Officer Herrington grabbed him from behind and placed him in a fatal chokehold for over 20 minutes. Sanders also stated several times “I can’t breathe.”
Another witness who watched the incident from his house, said he ran outside and told the officer to let him go, when he saw Sanders’ was unconscious, he pleaded with the officer to let him perform CPR, but Herrington refused.
State medical examiners provisionally found Sanders died through homicide by manual asphyxiation, according to the Sanders family attorneys Chokwe Lumumba and CJ Lawrence. They believe there is probable cause for prosecution.
The Guardian reported, Clarke County’s district attorney Bilbo Mitchell, stated that he had handled 15 cases of killings by police during his career and none had resulted in an officer being indicted.
Of course many want answers but autopsy results are being analyzed and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation stated an investigation was ongoing and it is too soon to know what really happened.
The details of this case sound all too familiar. Last year, July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in Staten Island after Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a fatal chokehold during an attempted arrest.
On July 11th, in Stonewall, MS, hundreds of protesters against police brutality held a peaceful demonstration and vigil for Sanders.
There are far too many incidents of police brutality against unarmed black men and women that are occurring as of late. We seek answers and justice. In the Eric Garner case, a settlement of $5.9 million was reached in a year’s time. These cases can be drawn out for years, but with the out-pour of “No justice, No peace” the frequent killings of black people by police and the call to change the policing policy by activists, one can only wonder “is this hush money?” Do they want the black community to be happy with this settlement and silence their plight? If so their efforts are in vain. Reverend Al Sharpton and the Garner family along with the families of other victims of police brutality will hold a rally Saturday, July 18th in downtown Brooklyn to demand justice for Garner and a push for police reform.
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