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Cop Who Murdered an Unarmed Veteran On Video was Just Found Not Guilty

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Monroe, LA– On Tuesday, a Ouachita Parish jury somehow returned a verdict of not-guilty for West Monroe police officer Jody LeDoux on charges of negligent homicide. A six-person jury returned the unanimous verdict after less than a single hour of deliberation.

LeDoux plead not guilty at his arraignment on in 2015, for negligent homicide after shooting and killing homeless veteran, Raymond Keith Martinez, 51.

On the evening of December 5, Martinez was attempting to go into a convenience store that he frequented.  The store employees would often call the police to have him removed when he would ask people for spare change outside.  The owner of the store alleges that on this evening, he told the victim that he could not come inside the store because he was intoxicated.

“He (the store owner) stated that officer got out of the car and told him to get his hands up,” the police report reads. “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 cellphone by his hand.”

Those who knew him described Martinez as harmless. He was someone who wouldn’t hurt a fly- but with a drinking problem stemming from his past.

“He said when he wasn’t drinking he had to remember and he didn’t want to remember. He never bothered anybody,” someone from the neighborhood he stayed in told KTVE.

LeDoux maintained throughout the trial that he had no other options but to kill the unarmed Martinez. And, unfortunately, a police apologist jury bought his words.

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“I couldn’t wait any longer,” LeDoux testified on Friday.

“I felt like he was going to shoot me at that point,” said LeDoux referring to the point when the harmless and unarmed Martinez grabbed his cellphone.

As the New Star reports, during his closing statements, defense attorney Michael DuBos told the jury they had the opportunity to stand between a police officer and danger — to help an officer in trouble.

However, as the video below shows, the only person in trouble was Martinez.

The video, which is a composite from two security cameras, shows it was only seconds from when the officer approached Martinez with his weapon drawn until the victim was fatally shot.  The man was posing no threat to anyone.  The entire clip is only one minute and thirty seconds long.

After he was killed, Martinez was remembered by friends and relatives at his grave site. He was once again described as peaceful and harmless, as mourners expressed their confusion as to why his life was taken.

“He didn’t provoke nobody out of anger, or steal or anything like that. He was loved by everything and everybody. We also know there is a problem with the West Monroe Police Department. Major problem. Whether they like it or not, they’ve got a cold blooded killer in their force,” one mourner told KNOE.

It is truly heartbreaking how many veterans survive war  only to come home and be killed by our troops in blue.

Only a couple of weeks after Martinez was killed, Nicholas McGehee, 28, a celebrated purple heart recipient, was killed after his wife called 9-1-1 for a medical emergency.

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On Mother’s Day in 2014, Tommy Yancy, 32, a veteran who suffered from PTSD and served in Afghanistan and Iraq in the 259th Field Service Unit following the 9/11 attacks, was savagely beaten to death, in horrific brutality caught on camera.

Last year, we reported on new documents which show that the Palm Springs Police Department admits they were at fault in the death of Allan ‘AJ’ DeVillena II, a High Desert Marine who was shot to death on Veteran’s Day weekend.

In all of these cases, just like LeDoux’s — the officers walked. Where is the outrage from the nationalists for these men? Sadly they are silent, because standing against the state is only okay when it’s directed against whatever divisive puppet is in the white house.

For cowardly gunning down an unarmed man, LeDoux will now be celebrated as a hero and the US government has the audacity to call this ‘justice.’

  • Guy

    America you deserve the Police Departments You Have ! Why ? Because you allow it by doing nothing, except to burn up a cop car or two, or set a bonfire in the middle of a road and throw rocks and bottles, while carrying signs of protest.

    If you really want a change, then you must start with the head of the beast and cut it off, then the body will die !

    Start in Washington at our Nations Capital. There are the congress men and women you elect that make the laws. If you don’t like them, get them the hell out and get in ones you can trust to do, as you want them to. Otherwise, quit whinning about it and face the facts that cops serve one purpose, to be brutel in law enforcement and that brutality effects everyone, eventually even you !

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    • JdL

      The trouble is, everyone promises to be different if elected, and when each one becomes exactly the same corrupt piece of excrement the previous one was, there’s no recourse for us normal citizens. We should be able to sue for fraud, but we can’t.

      I’m afraid it’s going to take something a little more forceful to stop cops from shooting innocents.

      • billdeserthills

        I agree, bring on more snipers

      • Guy

        I think the answer may be in the way Congressmen and Senators are elected and serve us.

        It’s a job for life and like the police, there is no accountability for there greed and corruption.

        Make it a limit on years in office as with the president, 8 yrs max and no return after to office !

        No payed lobbyist to approach or peddle there influence, ever ! That’s like, hiring a attorney to ride in an ambulance with car crash victims, while whispering in there ear about, money and sueing !

        Require all police to self insure with personal liability insurance, min at 5 million dollars, enough clames done, poof no insurance = No job, he or she becomes not qualified for dog catcher job, ever !

        Some times the easiest and simplest answer is the best, but leave it to the Government to screw it up !

    • JayGoldenBeach

      I think a majority of Americans have a high collective tolerance for govt-authorised violence/killing. Americans are largely silent re: military killing innocent civilians in unprovoked wars of aggression, coldly calling dead civilians “collateral damage.” We are indoctrinated from youth to defer to uniformed authority, both military and police, or risk being called “anti-American” or “unpatriotic” –

  • palvadore

    Shot by an officer – executed by the government. Two times!

    *If police were under the same rules-of-engagement this man was subject to, he would not have been shot. It’s call RETURN FIRE for a reason. Soldiers can’t do like the police and shoot everyone that doesn’t jump when you say BOO!

    *This man had PTSD. The VA refused to help. If he had been given the help he needed, would not be dead today. He would have had enough money to live quietly and stay off the streets. If our government doesn’t want to pay to help the people it hurts, it should stop getting us into so many wars!

    Police in the US kill civilians with so little concern. This soldier murdered by the police officer, was required by orders to let the enemy of the United States fire at him BEFORE he could return fire. If he hid not, he would have been Courts Martialed and possibly face human rights violations. The root cause is the VA refusing to help vets. The VA is responsible for this murder. Even though he was diagnosed with PTSD, they refused to help him.

  • palvadore

    Shot by an officer – executed by the government. Two times!

    *If police were under the same rules-of-engagement this man was subject to, he would not have been shot. It’s called RETURN FIRE for a reason. Soldiers can’t do like the police and shoot everyone that doesn’t jump when you say BOO!

    *This man had PTSD. The VA refused to help. If he had been given the help he needed, would not be dead today. He would have had enough money to live quietly and stay off the steets. If our government doesn’t want to pay to help the people it hurts, it should stop getting us into so many wars!

    Police in the US kill civilians with so little concern. This soldier murdered by the police officer, was required by orders to let the enemy of the United States fire at him BEFORE he could return fire. If he hid not, he would have been Courts Martialed and possibly face human rights violations. The root cause is the VA refusing to help vets. The VA is responsible for this murder. Even though he was diagnosed with PTSD, they refused to help him.

  • Larry Brothers

    Just another Blue Murder.

  • halligator

    Police murder,rape,and steal.

  • IceTrey

    Why do people become cops if they are so afraid of being shot?

    • They become cops because they are trigger happy egotists who enjoy being able to shoot anyone they want with full impunity. Americans are obsessed with heroes but they fail to recognise, that putting on a uniform and carrying a gun does not a hero make. You have to do something heroic to be worthy of the title hero and shooting an unarmed, non-abusive, non threatening, pisshead is not it. British cops have to deal with situations like this every day; they talk people down, they restrain and if all else fails they hit people with sticks. Give a chicken shit pussy a gun and a badge, tell him he’s a hero and watch the body count rise.

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  • David Hall

    Another killer cop thug with a badge. WTF with the stupid jury?. Idiots on that jury!

    • billdeserthills

      I’m sure the idiot jury simply did what the judge told them to do

  • FiuToYou

    Every day some new shit!!!

  • Ibcamn

    anyone who was afraid of this,is a coward and needs a new job…what a faggot pussy,to shoot a man with no gun pointed anywhere near him,no gun in fact,nothing,not a dam thing,and this cop says he was in fear of being shot….by nothing,then by his own words,we the people should be abler to shoot them because we fear of being shot at any moment by them…right…so by what this cops says,anybody should have the right to do what this POS cop just did….because badges do not grant extra rights,so,we the people have the right to fight back against criminals like the cops[blue gang]the nations biggest most profitable gang around…they steal and kill the most…cops are criminals,period.

  • JayGoldenBeach

    These acquittals happen because plenty of authoritarian-submissive Americans have a high collective tolerance for govt-authorised violence/killing.

    I lost faith when the jury acquitted the two rousers for the beating death of Kelly Thomas in Fullerton, CA, a few years ago.

  • xr280xr

    Let’s see the unedited, uncorrupted video. As it is, it’s useless.

  • lawmanjed

    Cop who kills unarmed WHITE veteran found not guilty. No surprise there, and no surprise the mainstream media has not covered it either. That would not fit the agenda to start a race war and divide Americans into brainwashed collectivist factions. I see many otherwise liberty-loving white conservatives taking sides with and normalizing themselves to a militarized police-state, because the mainstream corporate media has convinced them, and the black community, that this whole thing is about race. The media makes a big deal out of poor examples of excessive force, such as Mike Brown, or Trayvon Martin, while ignoring legitimate abuses of authority, excessive force, and criminal assaults by police, such as with Kelly Thomas, Ryan Keith Bollinger, or Zachary Hammond. You haven’t heard of those names, because they are a few of the many white Americans murdered by the police-state. Again, that doesn’t fit the narrative. The enemies of freedom need black America to become unruly and act as a destabilizing element, while at the same time they need white America to support an ever encroaching police-state. Do not fall for it people! This story is yet another demonstration of how the militarized police-state in America is real, and you can become a victim of it despite race, age, or background. The war-on-terror has been turned against us by an over-reaching internationalist government that views it’s own people as the enemy.

  • Chris Freethinker

    The recruiting and training of cops in this country is as bad as it gets. Cops become cops because often they have grown up as victims of abuse, and see their blue fraternity as legalized abusers. Police need to be screened for sanity and empathy in times of duress. They need much more training in dealing with the public, and knowing that all of their weapons are only to be used in life threatening situations.

  • Joshua

    I doubt seriously if a homeless veteran begging for change outside a convenience store had a cellphone.

  • America. The most fucked up society on the planet.

  • Laurence Lee Pinney

    Why have I not heard about this? The victim was white? Well, if it doesn’t feed the flames of racial hatred, then there’s no story.

    But a black victim? Can’t get enough of that! Even if it’s a black cop that shoots an armed black man, we can still use it to further our race-baiting agenda, right MSM? The people are so stupid, it doesn’t really matter. It’s STILL the white man’s fault.