Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Truth About the June 2003 Riot

A young black man by the name of Terrance Shurn was trying to outrun the police on his motorcycle and was killed in June 2003.

A misconception by many is that this was the cause for the riot. Just the opposite, the blacks of Benton Harbor have suffered these types of demeaning actions for years, and have always held back from over reacting.

They held a candlelight vigil as a funeral ceremony and prepared a religious offering in honor of this young man, and the police chief sent his officers in to break it up. In doing so, they denigrated this religious offering, and at that point people started to object.

The police chief then gave the order: “shoot to kill.” Since the police officers were related to many of the people they were supposed to kill, they said “no way.” These were old men, women, and children that he wanted them to shoot.

I am familiar with the plight of the people of Lee Township with the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department, and it becomes very frustrating trying to earn a living and fight the police a the same time. It is a crime in our country to be poor, and our prisons are the proof of that. I was told that young black men run from the police all the time, because if they don’t , they just may end up dead or beaten severely if they are caught.

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Anonymous said...

That is an incredibly evil revision to history. "Shoot to kill" why did you just change it to read "The chief of Benton Harbor forced children to hold down their own mother while he raped them with his night stick."? Wouldn't that about the same as making up what you made up already?



Anonymous said...

So according to BANCO, these oppressed law-abiding citizens burned their law-abiding neighbors’ houses in the name of justice.


Anonymous said...

Don't forget that they threw a rock which hit a little girl who was in between her parents in a passing truck. I know the girl had numerous medical problems and nightmares for at least a year after wards.

But of course it had nothing to do with the drug user speeding through 2 towns before crashing into a house while police pursued him from a few blocks away.

Of course it may have had something to do with people who posed as men of God and then used the word of God to anger them, then incited them to riot.

Just saying...


Anonymous said...

Good story, Ed.

You should be a novelist. It's a good thing that I was there, and know how everything happened.

What's even funnier, is that this story is totally different from your previous account of the incidents.

What will you make up next?

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