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    WI - Darius Simmons, 13, shot to death, Milwaukee, 31 May 2012

    Jurors were selected Monday in the case of a 76-year-old white man charged with gunning down a 13-year-old black boy last year on a Milwaukee sidewalk over a theft allegation.

    Spooner suspected Simmons of breaking into his Milwaukee home and stealing guns, prosecutors said. Spooner confronted the teen on the sidewalk two days after the weapons came up missing and demanded that he return them. When Simmons denied stealing anything, Spooner shot him in the chest from five feet away as the teen's mother watched, according to the criminal complaint.

    Spooner then fired a second shot as Simmons tried to run away, the complaint said. Police recovered a weapon and two spent bullet casings.

    An autopsy found that Simmons, who was unarmed, suffered a gunshot wound to his torso. The bullet exited his back.


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    He's going to plead innocent on the grounds of mental impairment. This is a fairly prominent case in Milwaukee, partly because of LE's actions after the shooting.

    Police had forced the teen's grieving mother, Patricia Larry, to sit in a squad car for more than an hour rather than let her hold her dying son or join him at the hospital. Officers also searched the mother's home for the allegedly stolen firearms, which were not found, and they arrested another one of her sons on a year-old truancy violation. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3600984.html

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...s-Simmons.html

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    I feel so bad for the mom. Not only did she lose her son but she SAW him killed. Just horrifying.

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    He needs to spend the rest of his natural life in Prison! And, the mother needs to SUE!! Sue him and the Police Dept.

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    im convinced nothing will be done and the guy will be acquitted.
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    Let's stay on topic here, guys. I've removed several posts comparing this to the Martin case. The facts are completely different. So let's not cross over, okay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EGirl View Post
    He needs to spend the rest of his natural life in Prison! And, the mother needs to SUE!! Sue him and the Police Dept.

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    Suing everyone isn't going to bring her son back.

    Bad things happen in life. It's horrible that anyone has to go through that, but, unfortunately, bad things happen.

    We have become such a sue-happy society.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oh_gal View Post
    Suing everyone isn't going to bring her son back.

    Bad things happen in life. It's horrible that anyone has to go through that, but, unfortunately, bad things happen.

    We have become such a sue-happy society.
    While I agree with you, whoever thought it was a good idea to hold the mother for questioning for close to two hours while her son was dying right in front of her needs to see some sort of repercussion, whether it be he loses his or her job, or is sent to some SERIOUS sensitivity training, something needs to go down to make sure that never happens again.

    What happened to that woman is on par with some emotional torture practices and I'd be amazed if she doesn't get lasting psychological damage from that, if you look through some other threads you'll see that people can get PTSD from a lot less.

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    This is horrible.
    Video at link. But it's very disturbing.
    Poor kid didn't have a chance.

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    Video submitted at trial shows John Spooner shooting Darius Simmons
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberlyd125 View Post
    This is horrible.
    Video at link. But it's very disturbing.
    Poor kid didn't have a chance.

    http://m.jsonline.com/more/news/crim...215749441.html

    Video submitted at trial shows John Spooner shooting Darius Simmons
    Oh. My. Gosh. That is so disturbing.

    That poor kid! He must have been terrified!!

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    I don't even understand why there is a trial. His defense is he didn't intend to kill him? What???


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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ View Post
    I don't even understand why there is a trial. His defense is he didn't intend to kill him? What???
    He's claiming mental illness.

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    A Milwaukee mother couldn't contain her tears yesterday as she described the horrifying moment her white neighbor allegedly shot dead her son, a black 13-year-old, in front of her eyes after he accused the boy of stealing guns from his house.

    According to her testimony, Larry ran after her son and found him on the ground with only a light pulse in his neck.

    'Then I pulled his shirt up and I (saw) he had a bullet hole in his chest,' she testified tearfully. 'He took one more breath and that's it.'


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    Quote Originally Posted by oh_gal View Post
    Suing everyone isn't going to bring her son back.

    Bad things happen in life. It's horrible that anyone has to go through that, but, unfortunately, bad things happen.

    We have become such a sue-happy society.
    I am anti sue in 99% of situations. This was cold blooded murder and the police dept treated her and her dead son like the criminals here.

    This is EXACTLY the case that screams for civil and criminal action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EGirl View Post
    I am anti sue in 99% of situations. This was cold blooded murder and the police dept treated her and her dead son like the criminals here.

    This is EXACTLY the case that screams for civil and criminal action.

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    Completely and totally agree


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