GJPD Exposed

Many Question GJ Police Shooting

Posted in Exessive Force, GJPD, Grand Junction, Ingram, police violence by GJPD Exposed on March 3, 2010

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According to the mainstream media account’s, at about 2:20pm on February 28th, Grand Junction Police Department responded to a domestic dispute call at the Timber’s Motel. A few minutes later, Brent Ingram, lay dead from two police bullets in his chest. The authorities have said that Ingram was waving a knife at officers when he was shot.

The investigation is being handled by the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Team (CIT). CIT is comprised of local police departments, Sheriff’s Department, Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s Office. Kathy Porras, the Police Departments PR hack said the the Sheriff’s Department is the lead agency investigating the shooting. Porras said that the public is not likely to find out anymore information until the investigation is finished and the report is filled with the DA for determination if force was justified and/or if charges are to be pressed.

And that is about all the authorities are saying. But questions arise: couldn’t they have ‘Tased’ him instead? Why are the Police being so secretive? And why did the wife of the slain man say that she saw the officers drag the body and then remove all his close (tampering a crime scene)?

Was lethal force needed to deal with a pocket knife? Couldn’t talking him down for a minute, or even the use of less then lethal weapons have saved a life? Porras said that they had decided not to release department guidelines on the use of force until after the Investigation. When asked if department guidelines are usually public documents she said most parts were public and that I was free to file an Open Records Act Request. Which we promptly did.

Porras also would not comment on a Daily Sentinel article from March 2nd in which the slain man’s wife Nancy Ingram, told the Sentinel:

“the officers then dragged her husband’s body to the doorway and removed his clothing. ‘Even the underwear, his privates and everything were showing,‘ she said.”
This is serious. If the officers moved the body they are tampering with a crime scene. If they tampered with the crime scene by moving the body and stripping it, could they have tampered with it in some other way?

Porras also refused to comment if moving a body after a shooting is standard procedure or not. We filed for those documents as well. “These are details that should be investigated and should eventually be released,” Porras said.

This reporter couldn’t obtain a copy of the Incident Report and found that the “daily officer resume” had pages missing from 9am on the day of the shooting until the next morning. The clerk would not answer why. The rest of the incidents from that time period should at least be public documents. Unless, perhaps there was earlier contact with PD and Ingram that day? We filed for those documents as well.

Starting at 1pm on Wednesday protesters with many of the same questions picked the Police Department with signs like “Why did they move the body?” “Stop Police Brutality.” “Can you say Police State?” “Why not Taser him?” Many passing vehicles honked and waved in support. A local busking folk band, Dem Bones, played on the side-walk with the protesters.

“The people want answers. We have serious questions.” said Ken Wheeler.

From The Red Pill Vol. 8 No. 3 http://www.gjredpill.org

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