Raymond Keith Martinez, an unarmed 51-year-old homeless war veteran, was brutally shot dead without posing any threat to anyone on December 5, 2014. Last week, West Monroe police officer Jody LeDoux, who committed this heinous crime, pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide at his indictment. LeDoux has been on paid leave since the incident – he faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Two security cameras caught the shooting; the footage shows LeDoux took only a couple of seconds to fatally shoot a helpless and intoxicated Martinez.
Martinez used to sit outside the convenience store where he was killed and beg for change from shoppers. The staff used to call the cops when he would refuse to leave and on the evening of December 5, the owner of the store declined Martinez entry because he was drunk. According to the police report, the owner told him to go away three times or he would call police.
“He (the store owner) stated that officer got out of the car and told him to get his hands up. He stated that he did not hear the suspect say anything and the suspect turned to reach inside the paper machine, at which time the officer shot him. He stated that he did not hear the suspect say anything to the police. He stated that while the suspect was on the ground he observed a black cell phone by his hand,” the police report read.
TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242
Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
Thanks for the reminder. I need to put this on a T shirt.
Hang the fucking cop for murder
Why do they keep putting these murderers on PAID leave.
“I just killed a homeless guy and now I get a paid vacation? BONUS!”
I believe there should be MANDATORY consequences for a cop unnecessarily taking a life out of turn, first one being STOP PAYING THE FUCKER while it’s being investigated. I bet the number of unnecessary cop shootings go way down when the officers are forced to consider what may happen if they are in the wrong. Just my humble opinion.
What is going on in the US these days? To protect and serve – really?
execution, plain and simple.
All stop paying your taxes in mass .. The Police Officers are hunting the Poor , Black Adults and People , Native Americans , Veterans , homeless and Mentally ill on the streets on purpose . Stop paying their wages .
Absolute scum, and they try and manufacture a way to save this cunts job, to put him back on the street! Wow! I wonder how many of these crimes go under the radar because they have not been captured on film. Hope police in the UK never get issued guns, cannot be trusted.
Andy, in a way, I can understand your sentiment, but in another way, I wonder how you figure the gun to be the problem.
If cops were issued machettes and were hacking people to death with them, we would question the issueing of machettes to them.
Um… no. I’d question the person messed up enough to hack someone up with a machete. Guns facilitate killing because they are relatively easy to use compared to other means, but it’s always the person behind the trigger pull that is at fault, whether it be intentional or otherwise. A police force should be trustworthy no matter what they are equipped with.
no all cops are like this ,but this man needs to be punished for his actions
At least he was charged with a crime. I suspect had the victim been black, he would have walked away scott free. There was a time when a white man could not be charged with any crime against a non white. These people are NUTS and they do not believe in God. They are atheists. I hope nature will proceed to eliminate them. The climate change will do it’s job eventually.
Ignorant reply. No truth whatsoever. You are truly a turnip.
When is enough enough????????