Man Killed by Law Enforcement after Sabal Trail Pipeline Shooting ID’d as Chokoloskee man

Man accused of shooting at Sabal Pipeline in Dunnellon was fatally shot during a high-speed chase that ended in Floral City early Sunday morning. Photo Credit: Citrus County Sheriff's Department

Man accused of shooting at Sabal Pipeline in Dunnellon was fatally shot during a high-speed chase that ended in Floral City early Sunday morning. Photo Credit: Citrus County Sheriff’s Department

James Leroy Marker killed by Law Enforcement after shooting at Sabal Trail Pipeline 

By Black Powder | RPM Staff, Feb 26, 2017 • Updated: Feb 27, 2017

Law Enforcement officials have released the name of a suspect killed by officers Sunday, following a chase that began in Marion County and ended in Citrus County, Florida.

According to investigators, at around 9 a.m. in the 12500 block of Highway 200 in Dunnellon, James Leroy Marker, 66, of Chokoloskee was seen shooting a high-powered rifle at a portion of the Sabal Pipeline and other equipment in the area.

WFTV reports, the accused shooter left the area, and a pursuit began into Citrus County on Highway 200. Citrus County deputies, Marion County deputies and troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol were involved in the pursuit, deputies said.

The multi-county high-speed pursuit ended when a Trooper completed a “precision immobilization technique” bringing the suspect’s vehicle to a stop on the shoulder of the road, according to

Police say at that time, the man pointed the weapon at a Citrus County Sheriff’s deputy. The deputies and troopers returned fire striking the suspect.

More than 2 dozen rounds were fired.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ryan Mallon, 27, who lives just yards from the crash scene, said he was inside his home when he heard “about 10 shots.”

He said he and his girlfriend, Sarah, ran outside and he “heard 15 more shots.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be investigating the shooting.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, which is standard procedure.

Last week Marion County deputies arrested two protesters who climbed into the pipeline and had to be removed by the fire department.

The Sabal Trail pipeline project is an approximately 515-mile natural gas pipeline between Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

A witness drove up on the scene and caught the shootout on video below: (Warning: Graphic language)

Story will be updated. 


Hate Speech Vs. Freedom Of Speech In The Age Of Social Media


Hate speech a difficult thing to define when balancing it with freedom of speech.

CBC News Posted: Aug 22, 2016

The social media firestorm following the shooting death of Colten Boushie, 22, has prompted questions of what constitutes hate speech in the digital age.

The racist and hateful statements in some comment sections have prompted Premier Brad Wall to speak out, writing on his Facebook page “racism has no place in Saskatchewan” last weekend. The RCMP have stated they are actively investigating all social media posts that could be considered hate speech.

Ken Norman is a professor at the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. He said that for a comment to be considered hate speech, certain elements must be at play in the statement.

“There has to be some intention to engage in an extreme form of vilification or detestation, in the words of the Supreme Court,” he said. “There has to be some prospect that somebody might act on this, that it has to be a call for somebody to do something.”

Norman added our law does not allow people to say the most violent kinds of racist things without the law stepping up and that posts on social media can constitute hate speech as they are public statements.

“RCMP I think are rightly looking into this and should take very seriously this kind of level of hatred,” he said.

Balancing with freedom of speech

Norman said hate speech has been a difficult thing to define when balancing it with freedom of speech.

“I think there’s a balance that necessarily has to be put in place. After all – free speech is an important and vital democratic value. So people have to be given some leeway to say hurtful things,” he said.

He said our law draws an important line stating you cannot dehumanize an identifiable group of people with comments that promote violence.

Norman said social media postings of hate speech have not really been tested by the courts yet, and there have not been many convictions in Canada under the hate-crime provision. He added that the premier rightly indicated that these laws are on the books for a reason and they should be enforced.

“This is an issue for all of us to consider with regard to what the limits of speech need to be if we’re to live together as neighbours,” Norman said.


4 Arrested, 1 Released In Minneapolis After Shooting Of 5 Black Lives Matter Protesters


Masked Gunmen Open Fire on Black Lives Matter Protesters One Block From Police Precinct. Photo: stare-me-down

By Red Power Media, Staff

4 Arrested, 1 Released after masked gunmen shot Five people near Black Lives Matter encampment

Racial tensions boiled over Monday night when several men shot five people near the Black Lives Matter encampment at the Fourth Precinct police station in north Minneapolis.

The victims, all black men — ages 19 through 43 — were taken to hospitals with noncritical injuries, according to police.

The shootings occurred at 10:45 p.m. on Morgan Avenue N. about a block north of the precinct station.

Black Lives Matter demonstrators have camped the Fourth Precinct for more than a week after 24-year-old Jamar Clark was shot dead by a police officer during a scuffle on November 15.

The fatal shooting of Mr. Clark has led to a series of tense standoffs outside the Fourth Precinct police station.

On Tuesday afternoon, NBC News reported two men have been arrested.

The search for other suspects continued.

Initially, police had said they were hunting for three white suspects.

Activists said the shooters were white supremacists wearing ski masks and bulletproof vests, yelling racial slurs, before shooting several bullets into the crowd, striking protesters in the legs and arms.

Minneapolis’ Black Lives Matter group were among dozens claiming on Twitter that the shooters were “white supremacists.”

“What happened last night was a planned hate crime,” the group said in a statement Tuesday.

Asked about the allegations swirling on social media, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said it was “way too early in this investigation” to make a statement about claims the shooters were white supremacists.

“I have heard a dozen different theories, and as part of our investigation we will investigate every one of these until we can ascertain which one is applicable,” he told NBC News.

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis chided the police Tuesday for not protecting protesters.

“We reiterate that we have zero faith in this police department’s desire to keep us safe,” the group said.


1 of 4 shooting suspects released

The Star Tribune reports Minneapolis police said they arrested a 23-year-old white man in Bloomington at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday.

The second shooting suspect, a 32-year-old Hispanic man, arrested in south Minneapolis at 12:05 p.m. has been released.

About 2:30 p.m., two other men turned themselves in, police said, saying they were white, one age 26 and another age 21. They were being interviewed by investigators, officials added.

On Tuesday afternoon, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis held a rally outside the Fourth Precinct police station before gathering several hundred protesters to march to City Hall in downtown Minneapolis. Another large group of activists remained outside the police station.

After the arrest, Mayor Betsy Hodges said she is proud police are making arrests in “last night’s abhorrent shooting.”

“We are sparing no efforts to bring any and all those responsible to justice,” Hodges added.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said on Twitter that the officers are “true professionals” and noted that “MPD worked nonstop through the night to bring justice in last night’s shooting.”

In Wyoming, Shooting Highlights Divide Between A City And A Reservation

Angeline Vargas, right, comforted her brother James Goggles at a hospital in Casper, Wyo., last week. Mr. Goggles was shot at an alcohol detox facility in Riverton, Wyo. CreditRyan Dorgan for The New York Times

Angeline Vargas, right, comforted her brother James Goggles at a hospital in Casper, Wyo., last week. Mr. Goggles was shot at an alcohol detox facility in Riverton, Wyo. CreditRyan Dorgan for The New York Times

by Jack Healy, July 29, 2015

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Roy Clyde was sick of the homeless people who linger in this city’s parks, urinating in public and drinking bottles of vodka and mouthwash, he told the police. So on a recent afternoon, the police say, he grabbed his handgun, walked into an alcohol detox facility called the Center of Hope and shot two men as they lay on green floor mats, killing one and critically wounding the other.

Local officials called it a senseless attack on society’s most vulnerable fringe. But Mr. Clyde, a city parks worker, was white, and the victims were American Indians, members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. Tribal officials here on the edge of the two-million-acre Wind River Reservation saw the shooting as a hate crime that added another page to a long history of violence and mistrust here in Indian Country.

“There’s a lot of animosity toward the Indian people,” said Dean Goggles, the chairman of the Northern Arapaho Tribal Business Council. “It’s always been there.”

After the shooting, Ron Clyde unloaded his gun, took off his shirt and walked outside, arms raised in surrender, to wait for the police to come, the police said.CreditTibby Mcdowell/The Ranger, via Associated Press

Local news forums discussing the case have swelled with condolences and calls for understanding, but also with accusations of bigotry and “race baiting” by people listing off crimes committed against, or by, American Indians in the area. The police and local leaders held a meeting last weekend to reach out to the homeless in the parks, but some residents said they thought the crime had only accentuated the divisions that can feel as constant as Wyoming winds.

“It should’ve brought people together,” said Cynthia Salazar, who was sitting with her family in a park one recent afternoon. “All I’ve seen are people on both sides. It’s not good.”

Tribal officials have asked federal prosecutors to investigate the shooting as a bias attack. (Wyoming has resisted years of efforts to pass state-level hate-crime laws.)

Had the two men been white, tribal officials say, James Goggles, 50, a cousin of Dean Goggles, would not be lying in a hospital bed, and Stallone Trosper, 29, would not be dead.

Mr. Clyde told the police he had gone looking for “park rangers” — a local slur that tribal officials say refers to homeless Indians. Many of the people who drink in the parks are Native Americans, as are about 85 percent of the detox facility’s clients, according to local officials.

  The room where Roy Clyde shot Mr. Goggles and Mr. Trosper as they lay on green floor mats at the Center of Hope. Ryan Dorgan for The New York Times

The room where Roy Clyde shot Mr. Goggles and Mr. Trosper as they lay on green floor mats at the Center of Hope. Ryan Dorgan for The New York Times

But an arrest affidavit played down any racial motivation, saying that Mr. Clyde was “targeting transient people regardless of race.” Mr. Clyde, who is being held in the Fremont County jail, has not entered a plea, and his family members did not return phone calls or online messages.

Over decades, even as tribal members and nonmembers became neighbors and intermarried, the legal and cultural borders between them have defined struggles over environmental rules and property rights, crime and justice, and even the town itself.

Riverton was carved out of the Wind River Reservation for white settlement in 1905, becoming a city apart where alcohol is sold and 80 percent of its 10,000 residents are white. Tribal and nontribal residents eat at the same restaurants, are married into one another’s families and play video slots side by side at Wind River Casino. But middle-age Arapaho leaders who grew up on the reservation, population 10,000, have childhood memories of “No Indians” signs in store windows.

Tribal leaders said the shooting was the latest entry in a troubling ledger. They pointed to the case of a gay Northern Arapaho member who was beaten to death by two teenagers in 2013 in what his mother later called a hate crime; and to the case of a Northern Arapaho woman complaining of a pain in her head who said she was turned away from a hospital after staff members there failed to observe that she had been shot. In 2010, tribal members won a voter-discrimination lawsuit against the county’s elections system.

 Riverton was carved out of the Wind River Reservation for white settlement in 1905, becoming a city apart where 80 percent of its 10,000 residents are white. Ryan Dorgan for The New York Times

Riverton was carved out of the Wind River Reservation for white settlement in 1905, becoming a city apart where 80 percent of its 10,000 residents are white. Ryan Dorgan for The New York Times

In his ruling on the voting case, Judge Alan B. Johnson of Federal District Court wrote that “discrimination is ongoing, and that the effects of historical discrimination remain palpable.”

Days after the shooting, Northern Arapaho leaders met with elected leaders and law enforcement officials from the area to talk about what to do next. Richard Brannan, a tribal council member, said it seemed as if most of the non-Native American officials did not see the discrimination that the Indian leaders felt so viscerally. Tribal leaders and the Riverton mayor, Lars Baker, met to try to find common ground. But Mr. Baker said he was not sure what “common ground” really meant.

The shooting happened in what city officials and nonprofit workers described as a cinder block sanctuary for people struggling with alcohol and drug problems. James Goggles, “Sonny” to his friends and family, was a Navy veteran. Mr. Trosper was shy and kind, said his uncle George Abeyta, and was hoping to start community college to study political science.

“He wanted to get back on his feet,” Mr. Abeyta said. “He wanted to dry out.”

Mr. Clyde, the man charged with shooting them, had worked for the city’s parks department for about 13 years, mowing lawns and keeping things tidy, said Riverton’s police chief, Mike Broadhead. About a week before the shooting, friends of Mr. Clyde noticed a change in him that coincided with a tense run-in between a female parks employee and one of the “park rangers.”

After the shooting, Mr. Clyde unloaded his gun, took off his shirt and walked outside, arms raised in surrender, to wait for the police to come, the police said.

“It’s like he’s just a guy on a mission,” Chief Broadhead said. “It was like, mission accomplished.”

Mr. Trosper’s uncle said the family sat in teepees with his body, offering prayers and hopes for his safe passage, before burying him last week. Mr. Goggles’s relatives are still cycling through his room at a hospital in Casper. He can barely speak, may be blind in one eye and may not walk again, relatives said.

Ben Piper, left, hugged Teddy Goggles, grandfather of the injured James Goggles, at a park in Riverton, Wyo. Many of the people who drink in the parks are Native Americans, according to local officials. Ryan Dorgan for The New York Times

Ben Piper, left, hugged Teddy Goggles, grandfather of the injured James Goggles, at a park in Riverton, Wyo. Many of the people who drink in the parks are Native Americans, according to local officials. Ryan Dorgan for The New York Times

The residue of the shooting has also stretched across Riverton and back to the park where a cluster of people — some family, some friends — were drinking in the shade. They had started with mouthwash that morning, but by 3 p.m. had moved on to a plastic quart bottle of vodka.

“We’re all park rangers right here,” said Vincent Lee Yellow Bear, whose two grown children shared shots with him. The conversation wandered: They had known Mr. Goggles — a good guy. They were not homeless, they just did not want to go to their homes. They were angry about the shooting, but said it would not displace them.

“My family will always be here,” Mr. Yellow Bear said. “We ain’t scared here.”


ASIRT Finds RCMP Acted Appropriately In Fatal Shooting On Cold Lake First Nation


By Red Power Media, Staff

An agency that investigates serious incidents involving police says an RCMP officer will face no charges in the deadly shooting of a 52-year-old man on an Alberta First Nation.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has concluded a fatal shooting on a First Nations community northwest of Edmonton in 2013 was lawful and reasonable.

The name of the man who was killed has never been made public by ASIRT, and he is described throughout a public statement on the shooting as “the Affected Person.”

The shooting happened on the Cold Lake First Nation on Aug. 15, 2013, as RCMP attempted to arrest the man who had evaded them for more than a year.

“Despite the best efforts of the Affected Person’s family, the Affected Person remained resolute that he would not be taken into custody alive.” says the statement, about ASIRT’s concluded investigation into the case.

RCMP first tried to locate the man in late 2011 but were told he had fled into the bush, “intending to live off the land.”

The man’s family also told RCMP “there were concerns that the Affected Person would either kill himself or be killed rather than returning to prison,” ASIRT says.

The report notes that the man had a “significant related criminal history” and was facing the possibility of a long prison term, including possible indefinite incarceration as a dangerous offender.

ASIRT says the man “had made it clear that he would not allow himself to be arrested,” and that “he would not and could not go back to prison, and that he would either kill himself or provoke a situation that would result in his being killed.”

The ASIRT release says RCMP tried to get the man’s family to persuade him to turn himself in, but he did not. Instead, hearing that police had been at the home of a relative on the morning of Aug. 15, the man said he was going to die that day.

ASIRT says after officers entered the home to arrest him, the man pointed a large knife at one officer, who told him to drop it, and when he didn’t, the officer shot him twice.

The man was pronounced dead in hospital.

The Cold Lake First Nation is about 300 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

Video Captures Moment 2 Police Officers Shot in ‘Ambush’ at Ferguson protest

By Black Powder | Red Power Media

Two police officers were shot and seriously injured Wednesday night near the Ferguson, Mo., police headquarters, after a tense evening in which protesters and police faced off outside the building.

At the peak of the demonstration, some 150 protesters were gathered. That number had fallen by about half, with the chants over, when the officers were shot.

The shots rang out around midnight, after a night of demonstrations that followed the news that Ferguson’s police chief, Thomas Jackson, would step down next week.

Protests In Ferguson After Resignation Of Police Chief

Protests In Ferguson After Resignation Of Police Chief

The rally was called hours after the resignation of its long-criticized police chief, but activists demanded more changes. Jackson quit in the wake of a scathing U.S. Justice Department report that found his force was rife with racial bias.

Jackson was in charge last summer when a white Ferguson officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, setting off months of protests.

Police say both of the wounded officers were in serious condition, but their injuries did not appear life-threatening. One, a 41 year-old officer on the St. Louis County police force, was struck in the shoulder. The other, a 32-year-old on the police force of Webster Groves, Mo., was struck in the cheek. The bullet wound up lodged near his eye.

The two officers who were shot have since been released from hospital.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., whose Justice Department had excoriated the Ferguson police for disproportionately targeting black residents, denounced the shootings as “the heinous and cowardly attacks.”

“What happened last night was a pure ambush,” Holder said.

Evidence: Police examine a blood-spattered helmet as they investigate the scene where two police officers were shot – one in the face, the other in the shoulder – outside the Ferguson police HQ

Michael Brown’s family also condemned the shootings. “We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot and will not be tolerated,” the family said in statement.

While she said she was shocked by the shooting, demonstrator Johnetta Elzie separated the violent incident Thursday from the protests that have been happening for months. She expects the shooting not to change people’s mind about the demonstrations and the problems they’re highlighting.

“If you already supported the movement, then that still stands,” she said.

At mid-day Thursday, the county police descended on a house in the area as part of the investigation into the shooting, and have brought several people in for questioning, according to Sgt. Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the department.

But he said no arrests have been made so far.

On Thursday, the St. Louis County Police Department announced that it and the Missouri State Highway Patrol would take over security for the protests in Ferguson that evening.

The city’s police force has been responsible for providing security since a state of emergency declared by Gov. Jay Nixon (R) expired in December. The county police said that it would not take over other policing in Ferguson and that their new role would focus on security around the protests.


Manitoba RCMP officer wrong to shoot unarmed aboriginal man: Lawyer

Evan Cromarty (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Evan Cromarty (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Winnipeg Free Press

Shooting victim’s charges dropped

Justice officials have dropped all substantive criminal charges against a man who was shot and wounded by Manitoba RCMP officers — a move his lawyer says shows he was the victim of a major wrongdoing that remains shrouded in secrecy.

Evan Cromarty, 21, suffered serious injuries after being shot in the shoulder last July in Norway House. RCMP were trying to arrest him on a series of offences when they opened fire after he fled from his home and ran to a field that was hosting a youth baseball tournament.

Cromarty was unarmed at the time of the shooting, which was witnessed by several hundred people and partially captured on cellphone video.

Last week, the Crown abruptly dropped the bulk of the charges for which Cromarty was being sought that day: aggravated assault, break-and-enter and four counts of uttering threats. No explanation was provided to the court other than the Crown didn’t believe there was a reasonable likelihood of conviction.

“Mr. Cromarty is grateful that the criminal proceedings against him have ended. He has always maintained that he was not guilty of the allegations,” defence lawyer Jody Ostapiw told the Free Press on Thursday.

Cromarty did plead guilty to a pair of breach charges unrelated to the incident. He was sentenced to time already served with no further penalty.

“In a year where officer-involved shootings in the U.S. received so much media coverage, it is important for Manitobans to know that the same thing has happened here. This is not an American issue,” said Ostapiw.

“The shooting of an unarmed aboriginal man is extremely troubling. I am grateful that my client was not more seriously injured and that he has not been convicted of any crime arising out of that incident.”

Cromarty spent several days in hospital recovering from his injuries and continues to have “residual pain and limited mobility in his arm” as a result, his lawyer said.

“He is happy that he will be able to access physiotherapy and other resources that were not available to him in custody. He anxiously awaits the decision with respect to his shooting and has received no recent updates with respect to that investigation,” said Ostapiw.

Immediately after the shooting, Manitoba RCMP promised a hands-off approach to the investigation that will determine whether officers’ actions were justified.

Investigators from Alberta flew to Norway House to take over the formal probe into the incident. Five members of the 27-person Alberta Serious Incident Response Team are involved. The probe remains ongoing.

“There is no rush. We do an objective, thorough and independent investigation,” spokeswoman Lynn Crawford previously the Free Press.

She couldn’t provide an expected timeline but said the findings would be forwarded to justice officials for review.

The Alberta team was brought in at the request of the provincial government, which is seeking an external investigation to avoid allegations of bias or a conflict of interest. The unit routinely investigates cases involving Alberta police agencies that result in serious injury or death, as well as those involving sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

Manitoba has no such unit but is in the process of developing one. Manitoba RCMP have declined to comment about the incident, deferring all inquiries to Alberta.

No details have been provided by RCMP about the officer who did the shooting, including his age or years of experience. He was placed on mandatory administrative leave following the incident.

Witnesses told the Free Press they heard an officer yell “freeze” and then fire when Cromarty raised his hands and kept walking backwards.

Some believed they heard as many as four shots.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 20, 2015