Officer Gets Time for Emil Mann Shooting
Walder's lawyer still trying to say Walder's life was endangered just turns my stomache. Yeah, right. If you come in a place day after day hostile with these heavy prejudices and resentment that a people are using their own rightful land to hang out on, you're going to create some intense negative energy. But to say his life was in danger is disgusting.
A Bergen County grand jury indicted a New Jersey State Park Police officer yesterday on a charge of reckless manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a member of the Ramapough Mountain Indians last April that caused outrage among the tribe.
The officer, Chad Walder, 36, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted in the killing of Emil Mann, 45, of Monroe, N.Y., during a confrontation over the use of all-terrain vehicles on public land.
Mr. Mann was shot twice on April 1 during a birthday celebration, and died of his injuries nine days later.
The Ramapoughs, who make up a mountain community that straddles the New York border, often have picnics and ride vehicles in the woods near Ringwood State Park, where the officer was based. The shooting led Gov. Jon S. Corzine to form a special committee on Native American community affairs in August.
I had written a bit at the time about how being shot at my own birthday was the least of my worries even if I was drunken and shouting profanities ... this wouldn't be of pertinent interest to a blog on ending racism would it?
Editor's Note: And here is the Ramapough Website sent by same anonymous tipper. Blessings!