Dothan, Alabama - 30-year-old Robert Earl Lawrence was shot and killed by police on Tuesday night, after he attempted to do a good deed by turning a stray dog in at a local animal shelter. Instead of accepting this good deed and taking the animal in without question, the workers at the shelter demanded that Lawrence show them his government issued ID.
Instead of giving them his ID, Lawrence showed them notarized and legal identification that was an affidavit instead of Motor Vehicle Administration ID card.
The employees of the shelter then made a careless decision that would end the man's life. For some reason they decided to call the cops. It was not reported that Lawrence was at all belligerent or violent with the employees of the shelter, the police were called because he did not have a form of ID that they were familiar with.
When police arrived on the scene, Lawrence was hassled by them for several minutes about his ID. Police then informed him that he was being placed under arrest, but when Lawrence attempted to resist, he was shot by an unidentified police officer.
"After repeatedly being told to calm down, Lawrence was advised he was being placed under arrest. A physical altercation ensued, to which Lawrence was shot in the abdomen (by an officer)," Police Sgt. Maurice Eggleston told AL News.
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Lawrence was then taken to a local hospital in critical condition, where he later died.
As with most police shootings, the media has been quick to drag the victim's name through the mud, and bring up past issues with law enforcement and even custody battles to justify the actions of the officer.
The mainstream media has said that this man was a Sovereign Citizen, but his family has contacted the Free Thought Project saying that this information is not true, and they will be providing a full statement this week, explaining their side of the story.
The political beliefs that Lawrence held, or his past encounters with law enforcement are totally irrelevant to the circumstances surrounding his murder. What is important is that a man showed up to an animal shelter to do a good deed, but instead was killed after not showing government identification, and for having unpopular political beliefs.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.