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Re: “Mulberry police kill man suspected of stealing snuff from convenience store

The only basis for your assertions that he was in fact a danger to the officer, are statements made by the only witness--the officer who shot Tom. It is rather obvious to me , that a police officer would never admit anything other than what will save them from liability. Unfortunately, the only person who could question what the officer was saying is now dead. Also, I have heard different accounts of this story. It is my understanding that perhaps the officer was off-duty, or in plainclothes. Also, Tom was so mentally ill that he didn't even realize he had taken the items from the store. Within that, unless this officer had a warrant why did he see it fit to enter his residence without "probable cause."

What gave the officer probable cause to enter his residence and fire the shots? Is having "information and belief" of a simple petty theft enough to give an officer "probable cause" to enter a private residence with no warrant at all? These are all questions you have to ask yourself before you base your entire view on biased and self-serving reports. Tom had no criminal history and was under "investigation" for what would plea bargain down to a low-level misdemeanor and a pre-trial diversion program.

Our nation sanctions other countries which summarily kill innocent people with no due process. But the police in our country can murder 1,200 citizens every year and most of these incidents are never questioned. We're told that we are bad people when we question if a police shooting was justified or not. We're told that we have to automatically side with the police officer, and it chills people's ability to speak out about this police brutality. Because if you want to know what I see, I see a police officer who was unwilling to understand or to compromise, but who either knew or should have known of Tom's mental illness but reacted with anger and hostility. To willfully kill somebody because they are suffering from symptoms of their disability--this is the worst form of discrimination and abuse of power.

Thanks, and sorry to be the loudest voice on this. Of course I should just believe this officer was devastated, in "reasonable" fear for his life, and was so terrified that he had to enter a residence and empty a clip on a person with a disability.

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Posted by Rob Maxim on 12/22/2017 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Mulberry police kill man suspected of stealing snuff from convenience store

Tom Heath was my uncle. He was not the violent perpatraitor the police are making it out to be. Their self defense argument is nothing but a pretext for murder. The dude had the mind of a sixteen year old and had been recently dealing with his mother's death. He was never violent to my knowledge and did suffer from horrific PTSD. He was not unpredictible and always seemed somewhat lucid but had a severe anxiety problem. He was mentally ill, but not criminally insane. He was misunderstood and poor. He was on disability like most marginalized mentally ill people... living in financial poverty. The man did not deserve to die. I need everybody reading this to understand one thing. Whatever report you are reading is not based on objectivity. The media has a sensationalist story to sell us to get "likes" and views and revenue--and the officer who pulled the trigger had a career to protect. Objectively, Tom probably seemed crazy but nobody can tell me in good faith that they were so scared for their life that they had to kill the man for petty theft.

As a family member, I intend to retain counsel and file suit against this police department if a cause of action exists under Arkansas State Law. Any plaintiff attorneys who can litigate to trial , please get in touch with me. We shall extract justice from this police department and hold the officer who pulled the trigger to the fullest standard of transparency and accountability.

Unfortunately, I don't think your "good old boy " code of silence will fare well for your police department.

I hope it was worth it.

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Posted by Rob Maxim on 12/20/2017 at 8:37 PM
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