following up on the david ware shooting in ypsilanti

If you haven’t seen it yet, Steve Pierce has posted the video of last week’s community meeting on the shooting of David Ware. Some people in the community are understandably unsatisfied by the answers that were given by LAWNET as to how an unarmed man got killed by a bullet in the back. Fortunately, so far, the response by the community has been relatively respectful and clear–headed, especially in light of the fact that the Washtenaw County Prosecutor chose not to pursue charges against the officer who fired the fatal shot. I’m just hoping, for the good of our community, that the dialogue keeps moving forward, that the police stay engaged, and that the community stays focused on the positive steps for action that are being talked about. It will be a long, difficult process, but this could, ultimately be good thing (the conversation, not the shooting) for our community. We just need to keep that in mind.

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  1. robr
    Posted February 10, 2007 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Ok, a little off-topic and in the arena of hearsay: It was told to me by a couple of local lawyer-types, several years ago, that our current prosecutor has an odd daily compulsion to walk about during his lunch hour searching the ground around downtown parking meters for loose change, as well as habitually poking his fingers into the coin returns of various vending machines– This is a daily routine. So, besides a questionable civil rights record– He’s a bit on the ‘quirky’ side as well…

  2. egpenet
    Posted February 10, 2007 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Wait just a MINUTE!

    I’ve been collecting loose change that way since I was a kid. I’d go to J. L. Hudson’s downtown Detroit on the bus for .25 and cruise the Mezzanine bank of pay phones (50-75 of them) and ALWAYS get enough change for lunch or a snack and the bus home.

    I STILL do that. In combination with pocket change collected after a few weeeeeks, I walked away from the Kroger’s Coin Star machine with $146.45 … not so quriky, eh?

    Nice to know our prosecutor is human. If future fact-finding warrants, perhaps he’ll give this case a second, more thorough review.

  3. idmta
    Posted February 11, 2007 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    Can someone help me here?

    -The man in the hat; I caught his first name but can’t understand his last name. I’m also not sure what organization he’s referring to. And the entire night, he alluded to there being something in the manilla envelope that he’s holding and I’d like to know what it is. I think he’d like everyone to know what it is, too.

    -The 360 man. Oliva said she thinks his name may be “Tyrone Bridges”. If that’s his name, his EMU address is “broken.” I’d like to get in touch w/him, too.

    No joke about the prosecutor being frugal. This side of the state has so much history! The first that comes to mind being families here living through the depression and the post-industrial era.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted February 11, 2007 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Lee Tooson was the man with the folder. He is talking about a separate investigation launched by the City manager a couple of weeks ago. The story was finally picked up by the AANews yesterday.

    You can view the video on Google and YpsiNews.com recorded the meeting.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1570820030290556115

    Go to time mark (2h:01m) and you can listen to the statement read by the city manager.

    City Manager Koryzno told council he was beginning an outside investigation on allegations against certain individuals in the police department.

    Cheers!

    – Steve

  5. t.d. glass
    Posted February 12, 2007 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    The house next to the Keg is now for sale, in case anyone out there wants to move to Ypsi.

  6. Dr. Cherry
    Posted February 12, 2007 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Your property taxes will only be like $8k-$10k/yr.

  7. egpenet
    Posted February 12, 2007 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Not on THAT shack.

    Anywho … thanks for the “cheery” note, sir.

    And, by the way, the best kielbasa is made in New York, as are the best pierogis. There’s a Northwest Airlines jet that’s been sidelined for three years at Metro, since my wife brought back the sausage from a visit to NYC. That “odour” is the garlic and the entire plane is infected. Hee, hee. Unique Polish terrorism … the best food in the world!

    Hamtramck is increasingly Bosnian and East Indian, now. (Global “Swarming”)

  8. Dr. Cherry
    Posted February 12, 2007 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    “Chewbacca is a Wookie …”

  9. Hillary
    Posted February 13, 2007 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    idmta: the other person you are wondering about might be Tyrone Wilson of RAID.

  10. Amy
    Posted August 2, 2008 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    David ware was like a brother 2 my fiance. That was bull crap that the police did that 2 him. Alot of our officers arent worth a damn. They do not protect and serve. All most of them care about are their pay checks.

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