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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

They Pissed Off the Wrong Grandmother

posted by on August 6 at 12:29 PM

Her grandson’s finger was shot off, and her unarmed daughter was fatally shot while cowering from police. The cop, conducting a drug raid, was acquitted of all charges in a local court. But now Darla Kaye Jennings has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, challenging the use of no-knock drug raids altogether.

Darla Kaye Jennings filed the lawsuit on behalf of Sincere Wilson, her 1-year-old grandson who was injured when his mother, Tarika Wilson, 26, was shot. The lawsuit asks for compensation for Sincereís injuries as well as seeking an end to “police abuse by requiring that high risk search warrant executions be limited to situations where they are truly needed and where the least amount of force necessary to the situation is employed.”

According to the lawsuit, the shooting that led to Wilsonís death and her sonís injuries was “excessive, unreasonable, and completely unnecessary.” The lawsuit further said that Sergeant Chavalia acted “negligently” when he used deadly force.

Godspeed, Ms. Jennings.

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How will that child close his letters: Sincerely, Sincere ???

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | August 6, 2008 12:31 PM
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A great benefit to getting older is that you don't care who you piss off to obtain what you think is right. Ms. Jennings is clearly thinking "What the fuck are they gonna do to me? I'm old. They just killed my daughter and mentally screwed up my grandkid for life. I'm gonna spend my last days going for justice." Go get 'em, Darla. Hopefully the younger (self included) can muster up the stones to support you in this cause.

Posted by P to the J | August 6, 2008 12:39 PM
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Go granny go!

Posted by Banna | August 6, 2008 12:49 PM
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Guess having six children in a drug house was not such as good idea. Be interesting to see why the shots were fired in the first place. Looks like the police are sure it was the right house based on months of investigation. In the future maybe a quick knock or two may prevent this kind of tragedy. Surely, you not advocating that crack houses should be legal. Why can't we see what came out in trial about what caused the police officer to shot? Is it a secret?

Posted by Gay Seattle | August 6, 2008 12:51 PM
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@4 The account of the raid has been posted before, the officer shot her in response to other shots fired in the house. The other shots in question were from another officer shooting a dog.

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | August 6, 2008 12:55 PM
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If the house was truly under surveilance, then the officers should've know there was a young child there. They could've waited until the perpetrator(s) left the house and make arrest(s) on the front porch.

Posted by Non User | August 6, 2008 1:16 PM
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I hope she doesn't get busted for "harassing" an "innocent" officer with her lawsuit.

Darla is a brave woman, and I offer her condolences and support.

Posted by ReverendZ | August 6, 2008 1:17 PM
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About time SOMEONE stood up for the Constitution!

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 6, 2008 1:21 PM
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having 6 children in a "drug house" was working fine until the cops came & shot the place up.

fucking legalize it.

and Sincere is a fucking retarded name. naming kids isn't a cleverness competition.

Posted by max solomon | August 6, 2008 1:23 PM
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I guess she can hope against hope the she gets a judge who cares about the people and their rights slowly eroding away to nothing.
I guess. Bon chance, mon ami.

Posted by Vince | August 6, 2008 2:58 PM
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This is the lawsuit I've been waiting for.

Posted by Greg | August 7, 2008 9:55 AM

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