On Tuesday I will be meeting with Congressman Steve Cohen carrying with me the signatures of hundreds of citizens asking that he urge U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to conduct a federal investigation into the killing of Malcolm Shaw by Bartlett police on March 11.2010.
According to a search warrant given to Bartlett police by Judicial Commissioner Rhonda W. Harris , an informant told Bartlett police that he had bought marijuana from Shaw in the past. at 1346 Standridge in North Memphis At this point Bartlett police in violation of state law started an investigation within the city limits of Memphis. The Tennessee Criminal Code states that the authority of a local police department can only extend 1 mile from their incorporated city limits and only within 1 mile of the next city's incorporated city limits.
On March 8.2010 according to the warrant Bartlett police wired the informant and sent him to the Standridge address to buy drugs. the warrant states that the informant purchased 13.3 grams of marijuana and told Bartlett police that he saw a quantity of marijuana in the Standridge street address.
On March 9.2010 at 6:09 pm Bartlett police obtained a search warrant,and hit the Standridge street house on the morning of March 11.2010. Witnesses on the street state that between5-8 officers dressed in SWAT gear hit the the front porch of the house opening a steel door with a pick and busting in the wood door with a ram. Witnesses state that within seconds of the Bartlett police entering the house a shot was heard and they later found out that Malcolm Shaw was dead.
The first news report stated that Shaw met the Bartlett police at the door with a gun in his hand and that Bartlett Narc Patrick CiCi shot him in the front room in self defense. This is totally wrong when I entered the house on Friday March 12,2010 the day after the shooting family members where sweeping portions of fragments from Shaw's body from his bedroom floor,and the blood stains as I have pictured were still on the bed room floor.
On Monday March 15,2010 just two business days after the killing of Shaw Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons without interviewing one witness from Standridge Street ruled the killing justified by way of self defense. How is it that Gibbons in two days can make this ruling? Gibbons has yet to make a public statement concerning how this conclusion was made,neither has he stated what type of weapon was found and why Bartlett police was conducting an investigation within the City of Memphis.
The warrant would make one think that Malcolm Shaw was a big time drug dealer, but Shaw who had had no dealings with police since 2003 was living like a hermit in the Standridge street address which has not had any utilities in several years. Shaw also did not have a running truck or car and was surviving off odd jobs in the neighborhood.
Sheriff Mark Luttrell states that the officers were able to come into Memphis because his office gave the Bartlett police officers special deputy commissions,But the Sheriff goes on to state that the commissions are to aid them in investigations that originate in the city of Bartlett not in Memphis. State Representatives Ulysses Jones and Joe Towns will be asking the Tennessee State Attorney has to whether the Sheriff has the power to circumvent state law by issuing the commission or whether Bartlett police took it upon themselves to violate the law.
Rep. Jones on last week spoke with Mark Glenn the Director of The TBI about conducting an investigation into the killing but was told by Glenn that the TBI cannot get involved with a police shooting without the request of Bill Gibbons. Maybe this is the reason that Gibbons closed the case so soon. Maybe Gibbons knows that the actions of the Bartlett police in not uncommon and has something to hide. The word on the streets is that Bartlett police has made it a practice of robbing drug dealers within the city of Memphis. Which may be the reason that the shooter Patrick CiCi presently has 8 mortgages and live in a $279,000 home in Germantown.
This is not the first time that Congressman Cohen has had to ask The Justice Department to get involved in a case where Gibbons is involved. In the death of Mickey Wright a Code Enforcement agent that was killed and his body burned and chopped up and then buried in a barrel in Mississippi by Dale Mardis, In this matter Gibbons cut a deal where Mardis was to receive only 3 years in prison for this horrible act. Gibbons even promised that the Feds would not come after him. What made Gibbons think that he could cut a federal deal for Mardis?
In the Wright case a group of us went to the Congressman making the same request that I will be making on Tuesday and the Department of Justice did get involved and mardis now sits in a federal prison on hate crime charges.
There are many questions in this case that must be answered the killing of Shaw was wrong.Bartlett police had no business in Memphis originating an investigation , and the ruling by Gibbons was to fast, Are Bartlett police officers robbing drug dealers, and how many commissions has Sheriff Mark Luttrell passed out to other surrounding police departments? I will report on my meeting with the congressman Tuesday afternoon on The Thaddeus Matthews Show.