Cecil County, MD – Late Friday night, in a well-populated rural town about an hour north of Baltimore, a Maryland State Police trooper shot and killed a man in a Walmart parking lot. Local and state police refused to comment on the matter or release the victim's name when they were contacted by The Free Thought Project.
The incident went viral after a video was posted to Youtube showing the scene that developed around the murder just after it occurred. In the video, a woman who is seemingly a loved one of the deceased can be seen crying uncontrollably shouting that "You are a murderer! He was not armed! You killed my husband!" In one part of the video, she can be seen sobbing and punching the police car. It was later reported that this woman was subdued by police and put in restraints on a stretcher.
The morning after the killing, police identified the victim as 30-year-old Charles S. Hall, and the officer as Trooper Daryl K. Brackett.
In background noise of the video, witnesses can be heard saying that the police had already maced the man and that he had posed no threat to the officer. However, multiple different stories have already begun to arise from the scene, and no details of the case have yet to be substantiated.
According to police, Hall had a warrant out for his arrest because he failed to complete drug classes that were ordered as a part of his probation. When Brackett was at the Wal-Mart on an unrelated matter, he recognized Hall and attempted to arrest him, but Hall, understandably not wanting to go to jail, attempted to get in his car and flee the scene. At that point, he was shot in the head by officer Brackett.
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19-year-old Maggie Repsher, one of the bystanders who witnessed the aftermath of the murder said that “I saw a woman on a stretcher in the parking lot and she was screaming at the cops. She was trying to get up, but she was strapped down.”
Many of the bystanders who surrounded the scene became angry with police and took out their cameras and began filming the situation, and rigorously questioning the illegitimate use of force. Eventually, police were forced to set up a perimeter around the scene with yellow police tape and pushed back the concerned individuals who were filming the aftermath.
The police and the mainstream media have attempted to sweep this murder under the rug, suggesting that the officer was justified in the shooting because Hall had a criminal record and because he was attempting to flee. Some reports have even gone so far as to say that he attacked the officer, but these accusations do not match what witnesses at the scene were first saying about the shooting.
The video which was taken just after the killing can be seen below:
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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 organizes a number of large events including 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.