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Officer Involved Death of Mississippi Horse Trainer Sparks Protests

July 20, 2015  | 

Hundreds of people gathered Sunday night at a baseball park in Stonewall, Miss., to remember a black man who died after a physical encounter with a white police officer and to call for action.

The crowd repeatedly shouted "No justice, no peace!" Lawrence Kirskey, president of the Clark County NAACP, suggested they boycott local businesses because of lack of action in the death of 39-year-old Jonathan Sanders.

Sanders died after a physical confrontation with a part-time Stonewall police officer on July 8. Sanders had been riding in a two-wheeled buggy pulled by a horse.

What happened that night is intensely disputed, and is being investigated by the FBI and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, CBS News reports.

The officer's attorney, Bill Ready Jr., said Sanders had what appeared to be illegal drugs and grabbed the officer's gun during a struggle.

Lawyers for Sanders' family say the officer attacked without provocation after the two saw each other at a convenience store about a mile across town. C.J. Lawrence, who represents three witnesses, said Sanders was doing nothing illegal and didn't resist while Herrington choked him to death.

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HRPufnstuf @ 7/20/2015 3:42 PM

Ah, yes. Another clear cut case of a white cop riding around, looking for an unarmed black man to kill. (End sarcasm).

And they have witnesses! (Who probably weren't there, and if they were, didn't see what started the incident).

What isn't reported is the guy's record. Any bets about how many previous arrests?

OK @ 7/21/2015 2:29 PM

What bothers me is the automatic implication of racism, "white cop", "black man dead". The colors of people involved are irrelevant in most cases.

Jon Retired LEO @ 7/21/2015 4:01 PM

You probably never will see the deceased person's record because there are probably other incidents of this kind. If he had gotten hold of the Officer's gun the officer would now be dead and the news media would say oh well it was his job.

Tone @ 7/23/2015 10:24 PM

Here we go again...Smh..This is funny to me..Another case of you've guessed it a white officer and a black male. Never a good combination, at least that's what history shows us! One thing is for certain and cannot be do you just choke a man for that long period of time without realizing enough is enough? And Jon Retired Leo who really cares about ones record, what does that matter at this point..? This officer intended for that man to die...period. What was Sanders doing at the time when the officer felt he had to approach? Was there any other officers present when he approached him? Witnesses say Sanders wasn't doing anything wrong to be choked to death. WTH....What is this over reacting crap really about? And for the record HRPuf, that's what it is w/out being direct. So basically a mans past determines who he is now? Really? So now ok we all should be choked out because we all have a flawed past..How embarrassing......

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