POCATELLO-AREA PROSECUTOR BACKS POLICE KILLING OF YOUNG NATIVE [IDAHO]

Hunter Gray hunterbadbear at earthlink.net
Fri Jan 3 08:52:17 MST 2003


Note by Hunterbear:

The racial situation in the Pocatello, Idaho area continues to deteriorate.
At special risk are Native and Chicano people.

It's fast getting to the time to start seriously thinking -- among other
approaches -- of economic boycotts: selective buying campaigns.

Sadly but not surprisingly, the Bannock County [Pocatello ID] prosecutor,
Mark Hiedeman, has backed the Chubbuck [suburb of Pocatello] police killing
of unarmed Felipe Galloway, a 22 year old Native youth wanted for parole
violation.  He was shot in his grandmother's home on December 21 by a
Chubbuck policeman who remains unidentified and who was part of a SWAT team
operation.  For days thereafter, police would neither confirm nor deny the
fact that the victim was unarmed.  But, although the prosecutor now concedes
Felipe Galloway had no firearm, he indicates that Felipe allegedly held a
metal "spray can" -- an aerosol deodorant can -- in his hand.  The
prosecutor plans no criminal investigation into the killing.

And, not surprisingly, the local newspaper -- Idaho State Journal -- which
traditionally whitewashes lawmen injustices, but which appears to keep these
stories off its broadly reaching website -- carried this on today's front
page:

"Prosecutor clears Chubbuck officer of shooting death /  Suspect allegedly
shouted, "Just shoot me"

Felipe Galloway's family has indicated it may well sue.  Let's certainly
hope so.

This follows a string of racial incidents involving Pocatello-area police
and Native youths in high school, racially mixed parties in a predominately
Anglo neighborhood, Chicano-owned business.

Given the stacked deck nature of this situation, and  the fact that
Pocatello-area officials are far from sensitive to  minority concerns, the
time may well be coming in which economic pressure will be placed on the
basic power structure -- i.e., the business community:  boycotts / selective
buying campaigns.

In Solidarity -

Hunter Gray  [Hunterbear]
www.hunterbear.org
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game trails, in the tributary canyons with the thick red maples, and on the
high windy ridges -- and they dance from within the very essence of our own
inner being. They do this especially when the bright night moon shines down
on the clean white snow that covers the valley and its surroundings.  Then
it is as bright as day -- but in an always soft and mysterious and
remembering way. [Hunterbear]





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