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Four teens have been charged with capital murder after an 87-year-old WWII veteran died from injuries sustained during a brutal mugging.
The Delta Democrat Times reports that Lawrence E. Shine Thornton of Greenville, Miss., died two days after the October 18th mugging, allegedly at the hands of Terrance Morgan, 19; Edward Johnson,19; Leslie Litt, 18; and Geblonski Murray, 18.
Thornton was attacked in his own driveway, according to CNS News. The teens allegedly pushed him down on the ground and stole his wallet.
CNS News' Eric Scheiner described Thornton's life as "a story of hard work, overcoming adversity, belief in God and finding some success in doing something you love."
The Associated Press reports that the four individuals accused in Thornton's death are being held without bond. Each of the four suspects is also charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
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One officer's story:
I am a retired Detroit Police Officer and this is my story. I hope this will not happen to you.
I joined the Detroit Police Department in 1986. At that time the city had an agreement with the federal government that made Detroit Police officers ineligible for social security and Medicare. We were led to believe that this was to our benefit. We were told that we would be taken care of upon retirement with a pension and health care.
Today, this is no longer true. Because of the bankruptcy filing by the city of Detroit, the Emergency Manager has stripped me and my fellow officers of our health-care coverage and is trying to void our pension income.
I spent more than 23 years with the Detroit Police Department as a patrol officer. I patrolled the streets of Detroit. I answered calls for service. I did not have an administrative job, nor was I an executive. I have seen some really horrific scenes and fought against the worst violent acts that most people cannot even imagine.
I have uncovered babies from shallow graves, responded to domestic-violence incidents, armed robberries, and murder scenes. I have discovered heads blown off, double ax murders, and mummified bodies in abandoned buildings.
I have saved people from being killed. I have found lost children and returned missing relatives to safety when they wandered, were carjacked, or were taken away by force. And I have come into your home or the home of someone you know when help, safety, and security were needed to help the citizens of Detroit.
I have lost more friends in the line of duty than anyone should.
I have been shot at more times than you can count; and
I have been run over.
I loved my job.
In 1996, I was on my way back to the First Precinct after patrolling the streets. I proceeded through a green light near the precinct and was struck by a vehicle that ran a red light. I do not remember much about the accident because I was in a coma for six days. I had a very serious head injury. I was off work for nearly one year, then on restricted duty for two years.
I had to learn to eat and swallow again.
My head injury caused memory issues, which I have to this day.
I did not take a duty or medical retirement at the advice of my union. They told me not to worry---the retirement insurance coverage would take care of me. But that’s not true anymore.
I do not think I am special, nor do I think I am unique. I am like every other patrol officer in any other city. I worked hard. I earned everything I have. I do not want anyone to “give” me anything.
I do want what I earned--- my health-care coverage and pension.
Thank you for listening to me.
I hope you do not experience the same treatment.
Brian Lawrence grew up in Detroit and attended St. Mary's of Redford High School before joining the Detroit Police Department. He has a brother who is also a retired Detroit officer. Lawrence lives in Arizona.
Photo: Remembering Detroit Police Officer Brian Huff, who was shot and killed in 2010 after responding to a report of gunshots at a vacant home on Schoenherr Street.
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First time ever I have seen where an ignorance of the law was the defense that allows them to stay out of jail.
Wheather it is Obama care, fast and furious, Benghazi ,IRS targeting individual political opponents, and everything they do illegal about enforcing our laws that defense is "I don't know' or I don't have the information".
And they are let off the hook that easy.
try that in your defense for yourself and you will find yourself behind bars, I think there is a law stating" ignorance of the law is not a defense".
Who is responsible?
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