First Lynching of the Year happened in New Orleans;
YET Again A Black Man Shot IN THE BACK.
9 COPS 12 Times – With No Weapons On Him
In Our Opinion it is the job of Supt. Warren Riley to Do His Job and find out what Really Happened that dark new years night; when his plainclothes Gun waiving officers converged on the car carrying Chris.
the reason this story is so important to us personally is that we know a member of this family; who told us about it and was emphatic that this was just another hit by the “NOLA Killers“; as the police are known in Nawlins. Having spent a considerable amount of time in the exact area where this occurred in the ninth ward; we can tell you this kid was sitting where he could be seen by his family – which means they heard the gunshots; and like most other city dwellers, got low. it was new years eve in the black community; traditionally shots ring out to welcome the new year. this time however, they were the shots that took a member of their family away.
To Sonia and the Rest of The Grimes Fam – Our Hearts and Prayers are With You and so too Our Hands and Ears. Ersulie Freida is aware and she is looking into it all..so too Mama Oya.
To the Police and DA in Nola – This time we shall meet in the middle, where all truth finds itself, finally. You just get your version of the facts together, because Le Baron is working on his. As we say, and You Know from Expreience – Le Baron Knows All and Ends All. Justa FYI – Madame heard about the murder of her great great grand son and she is not happy. St James No.One is not safe for you now Bro. Riley. So tell dem all Madame Said - “Hot Oven Burn, when Bread a Bake..” anyone interested, stop by Isle of Salvation; we’ll serve you there.
Now We A Go Work..
You HOL DAT Mr Policeman,
Adolph Grimes shot 12 times in the back
Adolph Grimes III with son Christopher
(FinalCall.com) – The New Year ended quickly for a 22-year-old man who was killed at the hands of the New Orleans police during a deadly shootout to mark the citys first homicide. According to the Orleans Parish coroner, the young Black man was hit 14 times with 12 shots to the back. The coroner also said it will be weeks before an official autopsy report is released. The FBI is now probing to see whether the death of Adolph Grimes III was a victim of civil rights violations by police or a suspect killed in a justifiable shooting. Special Agent Sheila Thorne, an FBI spokeswoman, said agents from the New Orleans FBI office counseled with the U.S. Department of Justice in making the decision to look into the killing.
The family is cooperating fully with the FBI and seeking justice, said Attorney Robert Jenkins to The Final Call via phone on Jan. 9. He is representing the family. Police accounts state that Mr. Grimes allegedly fired first, sparking counter shots from the officers. Coroner Frank Minyard findings raise questions about the incident. He announced that two bullets pierced Mr. Grimes’ front torso while 12 other bullets tore through his back and legs. A total 48 rounds were fired at the victim.
The family just viewed the body for the first time today so they are pretty distraught right now. The police shot him up real bad, said Atty. Jenkins, who has also publicly questioned early aspects of the New Orleans Police Dept. investigation, such as their refusal to release the names of the officers involved in the shooting. The officers have since been reassigned.
The incident occurred on Jan. 1 around 3 a.m., just a few hours after Mr. Grimes had returned to the city from Houston. According to news reports, he was in a car outside his grandmothers house waiting for another relative. Police officers, who had been working undercover, not in uniform and riding in two unmarked cars, were reportedly looking for a suspect in a shooting reported a few streets away.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Riley disputed the coroners account and said that Mr. Grimes shot first when an unmarked car full of plainclothes officers pulled up adjacent to his car. Supt. Riley said the officers were in a group of three women acting as decoys and six men covering them when a shooting was reported at a nearby club. He said the officers saw a black car leaving the clubs vicinity and Mr. Grimes was in a black car parked about four blocks from the club.
Community Leaders call for a complete investigation There is an increase of police shooting its citizens around the country, and these kinds of excessive shootings do nothing for the police and community relationship, said Dennis Muhammad to The Final Call. Chief Riley has a very difficult job to restore trust and respect for the police when he has to defend a police department that has a track record of controversial shootings especially when the people of New Orleans dont trust the police.
Mr. Muhammad is the founder of ENOTA, which is a comprehensive program designed to enhance police community relations, specifically teaching youth how to have respect for themselves, people in authority, and the general community. About two dozen people gathered outside of the 2nd District NOPD headquarters on Jan. 8 to condemn the killing of Mr. Grimes. We are going to keep fighting. This family is in serious pain after seeing that body. This is the first homicide of the year for this city. Sad, said Atty. Jenkins.
Posted: Thursday, 05 February 2009 7:30PM
Grimes was killed early Jan. 1. Police maintain he fired first. His relatives said they believe nine plainclothes officers shot Grimes without justification as he sat in a car while waiting for a cousin outside his grandmother’s house.
A 22-year-old man shot by New Orleans police on New Year’s Day was hit nine times by bullets to the back of his body, according to an autopsy by the Orleans Parish coroner’s office. The autopsy shows that Adolph Grimes III was shot 14 times, including a minor wound to the upper left forehead. Where and how many times Grimes was hit were matters of dispute in the days after the shooting, with Orleans Parish Coroner Frank Minyard describing 12 wounds to Grimes’ back and legs.
New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Warren Riley disputed that, saying he believed Grimes was hit in the front, on the side under the arm and “near the back.”
The autopsy by Samantha Huber, a pathologist with the coroner’s office, shows nine gunshot entry wounds in the back of Grimes’ body, with some bullets also exiting the body. There were also two graze wounds to what could be described as the back of Grimes’ arms. One bullet hit him in the right chest.
Bob Young, an NOPD spokesman, said the department won’t comment further until the police investigation is complete. Attorneys for Grimes’ family released the autopsy, which is a public record, along with a federal civil-rights lawsuit they filed this week against police and the city. The lawsuit accuses the nine officers involved of shooting Grimes without justification as he waited for a cousin outside his grandmother’s house in the 6th Ward in the early morning hours Jan. 1.
In the lawsuit, attorneys for Arabia Whitfield, the mother of Grimes’ infant son, also say Riley and other people connected to the department have unfairly sought to portray Grimes as a criminal though he has no record.
The lawsuit accuses Riley of publicly misrepresenting the wounds sustained by Grimes, “despite his specific and certain knowledge of the coroner’s unequivocal findings.” Riley has described the incident as a “gun battle” started by Grimes as unmarked vehicles approached him in his car on Gov. Nicholls Street. Police have said Grimes fired first at the officers, who were wearing street clothes. Seven officers returned fire, police said. Grimes’ parents have disputed the police assertion that their son shot at police officers, saying he had no reason to fire at police.