Tuesday, March 18, 2008

officer who shot and killed Tarika Wilson

Lima Community reacts to “injustice” from both sides…

The community of Lima, Ohio appears to be split when it comes to what happened yesterday with Sergeant Chavalia, 52, being indicted by a special Allen County grand jury for negligent homicide, which is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, and negligent assault, a third-degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. LimaOhio.com has several articles on what happened, including community reaction:

Black leaders had wanted high-level felony charges in the case against the officer who shot and killed Tarika Wilson, 26, during a drug raid. They sat dismayed in an Allen County Common Pleas Court courtroom after a hearing in which Chavalia pleaded not guilty to the two charges. Many others in the packed courtroom shook their heads in anger, as one man said, “We shouldn’t have quit marching,” and another said, “So that’s what a black life is worth.”

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