Cop Shoots Unarmed Great-Grandfather at Family PicnicSubmitted by JO4RP on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:54
HOMER, LA — Two police officers crashed a family cookout to harass a man who was not wanted or suspected of any crimes, then shot the man’s elderly father and allegedly planted a gun on him, according to numerous witnesses.
This incident took place in the town of Homer, home to only 3,800 residents. The poor, northern Louisiana town had made it a priority for its 8-cop roster to get “tough on drugs.”
In doing so, Homer Police officers were instructed to stop and question young black males without cause, and to go after certain individuals for targeted harassment. One of these specific targets was 38-year-old Shaun Monroe.
Shaun Monroe was not wanted for any crimes and had no warrants for his arrest. There was no tangible or legal reason that the police should have been harassing him, yet officers were told that if they ever saw him carrying a black bag, that they should stop and search him because the bag “probably contained drugs.” On the afternoon of Friday, February 20th, 2009, two officers intruded upon a family cookout for exactly that reason.