Two Innocent Black Men Shot By Police, Then Falsely Accused Of Murder
LOS ANGELES (CN) - An Inglewood police officer shot down two
innocent and unarmed men, without warning or questions and without identifying
himself, the men say in Federal Court.
Thirty-five-year-old Robert Pickett, of Los Angeles, and
Darryl Lewis, 39, of Gardena, say they spent the day grilling burgers with
friends and were picking up some dumbbells and checking on one of Pickett’s
cousins after midnight on May 24, 2011, when Officer Mike Bolliger pulled up
and came out shooting.
Pickett says Bollinger “parked his car at the corner,
got out armed with his shotgun cocked, loaded and ready to fire” and shot
“No questions asked, no weapons seen, no words offered
or exchanged. Defendant Bollinger blasted three shotgun rounds at the hapless
and unarmed plaintiffs, striking them and wounding them as they sought to take
cover from assault, leaving them in critical condition, bleeding face-down on
the ground,” Pickett says in the Dec. 3 complaint.
The men say Bollinger was responding with no partner or
backup to a report of a home invasion robbery by two black men who might be
armed with handguns, at the apartment complex where Pickett’s cousin lived. The
“sketchy information” about the robbers said only that they were
black men, according to the complaint. Lewis stood by the security gate at the
front of the apartment complex, smoking a cigarette, while Pickett punched in
the pass code and said he was going to see his cousin.
Then, “Without warning, without investigation, without
knowledge of who was in the area, of who the suspects were or what they looked
like, and in violation of all training and standard police protocol,
[Bollinger] approached the apartment gate and immediately shot Mr. Lewis and
Mr. Pickett,” the complaint states.
Pickett, a handyman who has a son and was engaged to be
married at the time, suffered seven gunshot wounds, including one to his head.
Lewis, a husband and father of four, was shot once in the
back and three times in the legs.
After other officers arrived and handcuffed them, the men
say, “It became apparent that the wrong men had been shot as a result of
Bolliger’s rash, reckless and life-endangering conduct.”
Though they lay bleeding and handcuffed, “in critical
condition,” the men say, the officers “set out to cover up the
shooting of these two innocent, unarmed men.”
To top it off, they say, “While driving with reckless
abandon to the scene, they ran over a pedestrian, in a cross walk, killing
Pickett and Lewis sued four other officers, in addition to
Bolliger and the city.
The cover-up was a bogus story that Lewis and/or Pickett had
pointed guns at Bolliger, according to the complaint. “The problem for
defendant Bolliger and the rest of defendant police officers was that neither
plaintiff was armed; neither possessed a weapon of any kind. Likewise, neither
plaintiff was in possession of any of the stolen items supposedly taken by the
suspect in the robbery,” the complaint states.
Where cops learned to act this way? In action movies of 90s?
In video games? That’s totally dope. I’m speechless. I think the story tells
for itself. I hope that Mike Bolliger and cops who helped him to cover up his
insane deed will face serious charges, ‘cause this case is incredibly
outrageous. LAPD is famous for its crappy deeds, but this one is the worst shit
I’ve ever met. More than that here’s another story about racial profiling.