Thursday, November 11, 2010
Homeless woodcarver killed by police
On August 31, John T. Williams was shot by Officer Ian Birk four times in the side. He died at the scene. An inquest is pending and there are many unanswered questions. Birk says he saw a man with a knife and shouted three times to drop the knife. But the knife was found in a closed position and a knifemaker says the knife cannot close by itself. At first Birk said Williams approached him but later changed his story. Did Williams ever even hear Birk yelling? With four shots in the side, Williams certainly wasn't facing Birk. You can read more at Seattle Times.
Seattle's Street Newspaper, Real Change, has been following William's story and the story of other members of Williams family, who are still being harassed by the Seattle police. It's a sad and infuriating story you can read here.