Another one of us Murdered by the Police in Detroit
- Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, Attorneys Demand
Justice for Ronald Floyd
Unarmed man was gunned down by two white officers, suit filed
Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor
Pan-African News Wire
DETROIT, 4 May, 2004 (PANW)--Supporters and lawyers for
Ronald Floyd held a news conference today to announce that
they have filed suit in civil court for damages resulting
from the shooting that occured April 19 at point blank range
on Whitney street on the west side of the city.
Floyd, 26, was wounded three times after exiting a vehicle to
enter his home. Police had been called to the home by a
neighbor who claimed that Floyd had a weapon. At the time of
the shooting Floyd did not have a weapon in his possession.
Consequently, supporters from the Detroit Coalition Against
Police Brutality and two attorneys representing Ronald Floyd,
say that the shooting was totally unjustified.
After the two officers shot Mr. Floyd in the presence of his
two-year-old son and his mother, the police raided the home
without a warrant and ransacked the residence apparently
seeking a firearm. No gun was found in the home after an
The attorneys, George Washington of Scheff and Washington and
Ven Johnson of Fieger, Fieger, Kenney and Johnson, are
serving as counsel for Ronald Floyd who filed suit Monday
claiming damages in the millions of dollars. At present Mr.
Floyd is not able to work due to his injuries and is facing
months of recuperation.
According to the Detroit Police, the two officers involved in
the shooting have been taken off of street duty although
Attorney Ven Johnson said at the press conference that "we do
not have the names of the two officers involved."
In today's press conference held at Steve's Soul Food
restaurant on Grand River on the city's west side, the
Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality's spokesperson Ron
Scott said that "the coalition is demanding that the two
officers who initiated this wanton and unprovoked shooting,
which nearly caused a fatality and has disrupted the life of
a family, be charged appropriately by the Wayne County
Prosecutor and prosecuted."
"If a person can't walk around their home without being shot,
then nobody is safe in the city of Detroit," said Ron
Scott. "This consent decree which is suppose to change the
Detroit Police department has not changed it at all. Ron
Floyd is an example that you can get shot for being in the
wrong place at the wrong time," Scott continued.
One of the attorneys for Mr. Floyd said that "it is literally
a miracle that he is alive. He spent over a week in Henry
Ford Hospital and still has bullets in his body, in his chest.
George Washington, also an attorney for Ronald Floyd said
that "I think what we have here are police officers who are
trigger happy in the extreme. They never gave a warning.
They never asked this man to come out. They never saw a gun.
There never was a gun. They simply opened fire on a man
behind his own home in the city of Detroit."
Other speakers at the press conference included Ms. Sandra
Hines representing Amnesty International, who expressed
outrage at the shooting of Ronald Floyd. " I was also on the
scene the night the incident took place and heard the victims
say that Mr. Floyd was given no warning whatsoever that the
police was going to shoot him or apprehend him in any way."
"They indicated that the police ran towards the back of the
house pulled out his gun and cocked it, and next thing they
knew they heard three shots," Hines said.
"Amnesty International is directly opposed to this kind of
action and we are calling for these kind of cases to be tried
and heard. Its happening all over the United States, its not
just happening here in the city of Detroit. There has been
an escalation of young black men being shot which is
something we are investigating and looking at," Hines
Mr. Chris White, representing People Investing in Detroit
Enterprises (P.R.I.D.E.), also spoke at the news conference
saying that Floyd was ambushed. "What will happen in the
summer if we have officers conducting themselves in this
manner," said White.
"What will happen at the parks, Belle Isle and Chandler Park?
What will happen all over the city? Is this the beginning of
a new form of policing? This is unacceptable. These are good
hard working citizens of Detroit. They are of my peer group
and we have to go out everyday into these streets just to try
to make it. And we don't want to have to go out with this
type of fear, worried not only about police trying to harrass
you but your own police department, that is supposed to
protect and serve, pulling triggers and pulling out guns and
harming innocent citizens. Its unacceptable," White
"We are very concerned that we have a Mayor of our generation
and he's said nothing and done nothing to help this family
out. We are all of the same generation. We are supposed to
be coming together to create better things, but the same
exact things are happening all over again."