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'How much do we have to endure?'

June 30, 2008 |  6:38 pm

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Family, friends and community activists held a vigil for Bryan Moore at Campanella Park in Compton Sunday evening, June 29. Above, Criminal Investigator Paul Parker III speaks to the media at a news conference. A poster behind him reads "How much of this do we have to endure?"

Moore, listed below, was killed in a deputy-involved shooting Thursday, June 26. Milton Grimes, an attorney for Moore's family, said information from witnesses suggest that the use of force by the deputy was unjustified. Grimes said Moore was shot three or four times in the back.   

Moore's girlfriend, Chanta Deeminter, 27, said she and Moore were returning to her home when she saw a sheriff's patrol car. Deeminter told Moore that she believed the patrol car was following her. Moore panicked. "He was breathing hard," Deeminter said. Moore then jumped out of the car and ran.  A deputy chased him on foot, then shots were fired. Deeminter said she heard three shots.  The L.A. County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that Moore was asked to show his hands. Instead, Moore looked, then turned toward the deputy. Fearing for his life, the deputy shot him, the statement said.

"This is an ongoing thing," said James Connor, a resident of Compton. "There's going to be more shootings like this now that summer is here," he said.

A dispute between family members interrupted the vigil. News cameras recorded the argument, which turned into a fight. "This is not news," a bystander said after he was asked about the fight.

At the end of the vigil everyone gathered in a prayer circle, while a sheriff's helicopter circled around the park.


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FIRST AND FOREMOST I'M SORRY FOR YOUR LOST.
IT'S A SAD THING BUT IT'S REAL THE POLICE ARE
CRIMINALS.

THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT WHEN I SAY WE NEED TO STOP KILLING ONE ANOTHER AND STICK TOGETHER MORE. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THE OFFICER DOESN'T GET A WAY WITH WHAT HE DID TO THIS YOUNG MAN. I KNOW THAT THEY DIDN'T FIND ANY WEAPON ON HIM IT ALWAYS GOES LIKE THAT.
LET'S PLEASE GET TOGETHER AND STICK TOGETHER.

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For pity sakes. Why don't you all get so pissed off when a gang member kills one of your loved ones?

This is awful, but not near as terrible as what you all do to one another.

Next time a GANG member kills someone you know? Take back the streets, be OUTRAGED like you are here.

BEFORE WE ALL JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS, AND I AM NOT JUSIFYING ANYTHING, BUT WHAT ARE THE CIRCUMSTANCES BEHIND THIS AWFUL TRAGEDY? A FEW QUESTIONS NEED TO BE ANSWERED. FOR ONE, WHAT WAS THE REASON HE RAN? TWO, WHEN ASKED TO FREEZE, WHY DID THE VICTIM APPROACH THE OFFICER? ALTHOUGH, OFFICERS HAVE STRICT TRAINING, AND SHOULD HAVE TAKEN PRECAUTIONAL MEASURES TO SECURE THEIR OWN SAFETY, WHY DID THE VICTIM ACT AS A CRIMNAL? LETS FIRST ANSWER THOSE QUSETIONS, BEFORE WE PAST ANY JUDGEMENTS. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY FOR ANOTHER YOUNG SOUL LOST!!

Lisa, in my city, we all support the police.

We also happen to have a very low crime rate.

How can that be?

I am sorry for your loss!!! I know cops make BIG mistakes and they cover one another. But we need to ask ourselves why did he run? Why did he start breathing hard, and panicked and then jumped out of the car and ran? Was he infact carrying a weapon? Did he have drugs? Did he have a warrant out for his arrest? Did he do something wrong, that the police needed to chase him? We need to ask these questions to ourselves and put the pieces togehter. I know people are going to get mad, but I find it a bit fishy that he ran, if he didn't have anything to hide he should of just stayed in the car, and followed the police's commands. If he would of stopped and they asked him to step of the car, he had the RIGHT not to get off the car, and ask why he was being pulled over, and if he was going to be arrested. You have the right to ask as many questions as you like, and you have the right not to step off the car, and they have no right to search your car, without a warrant. I'm sorry that he made a mistake on running and not stopping when they asked him to. But I did find it interesting that he got shot from behind, so that shows the cops made a mistake their by shooting him. You never shoot a suspect from behind, but like we all know they get trigger happy, I'm sorry for you loss, but he did make a mistake of not stopping, May he Rest. in Peace.

First let me say.. I feel such sympathy for the Mother of this child. I have two sons. I could not begin to fathom the depths of despair that would come from losing one of them. I live in the country and we have no gangs. We have no worries about letting our children walk down the street and never come home due to something so awful. And to especially lose a child to someone you trust to protect you. I think that there was fear on both sides.... again I am fortunate enough that I have never lived thru the things that you must deal with on a daily basis...but I think that fear played the biggest role in the death of this mother's child. Fear on the part of the young man that he was about to be harmed by the police officer and fear on the part of the police officer that he would be harmed by this young man. I couldn't imagine the grief that someone must feel to shoot someone only to learn later that they were unarmed. My concience would consume me to know that I had taken a soul from this earth. This upsets me. I pay taxes every week on each and every paycheck that I earn! Where is our government? We are at war on our own home front! Mothers are losing their children everyday in scores! I am funding the jet that takes some politician and his Mistress to Jamaica for some tryst and my fellow Americans are losing their children to this? Why can't we say, " I want to choose where my money is invested!" ? I want to invest in the lives of people who could someday make a difference in this world. Who knows what this young man could have done to contribute to society. Given a different environment and different circumstances of life he could have possibly developed the cure for cancer. I know that some of you are going to zap me for my opinions and I care not. I believe that society plays a larger role on the development of a child. If this child had been born and raised somewhere other than in an area of fear and violence he might still be alive. Why can't we take all this money we are spending to develop new and better capabilities of war and develop a safer place to raise and nurture ALL of our children? How bout that MR. PRESIDENT? Can you equal the odds for the children of this community to match those in which your children grew up in?

You endure it because you endure it. Stop enduring it. Take back your streets. Become active in your community. You can make a difference.

Do not tolerate gang, or ganster type behavior. Do not allow criminals into your homes and lives. If you refuse to tolerate the behavior it will dimininsh. zero tolerance for criminals.

Right on. Southoc.

I could not have said it better myself. We live in a very polarized and segregated nation. Why are we not trying to win the hearts and minds of disenfranchised segments of the american population. Why are their no rebuilding projects for the ghetto's of our land. We ride in our metallic bubbles not knowing what are the dreams of your fellow black brother or brown or red brother. These are not simply hardened vicious thugs but people who have grown hardened and hopeless. People who have learned to wear a mask of fearlessness because their environment has taught them not to be afraid. Out of the desperation and heartlessness that we show to their histories they strike back. So the commenter who said in response to the question of how much of this do we have to endure " You endure it because you endure it, stop enduring" is wrong. People endure it because they have lost a sense of community like many Americans have. The problem is know bigger then individual communities. The question is who has the heart to join these communities and stand up with these communities and take your beliefs whatever they may be and evangelize with these communities. The difference between your community and gang infested communities may be the next great depression away. So show your brother and sisterhood if you are a true believer.

WELL IT SEEMS IS IF EVERY BODY HAS ALOT TO SAY WHEN ONLY THE ONES THAT WERE THERE CAN TELL IT ALL. ITS GOOD TO LET YOUR VOICE BE HERD BUT IT IS ALSO GOOD TO LISTEN YOU SEE KNOW ONE CAN STOP DEATH AND WHEN GOD CALLS YOU ,YOU HAVE TO COME. IF THE POLICE WERE WRONG OR IF BRYAN WAS WORNG LET GOD DO HIS JOB THE PROBLEM HEAR IS WE ALL WANT TO BE THE JUDGE AND THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE WHEN ITS ALL SAID AND DONE I PRAY FOR THAT OFFICER AND FOR THE FAMILY OF BRYANS AND ALSO EVERY ONE HOW AS LOST SOMEONE. LIFE HAS TO GO ON AND WE ARE HERE TO BE GREAT MAN AND WOMANOF GOD SO LETS ALL LIVE LIFE AND BE THANKFUL THAT WE STILL HAVE TIME TO CHANGE AND CHANGE OTHERS I KNOW BRYAN WOULD BE SO PROUD OF ME FOR MAKEING THE CHANGES I HAVE MADE IN MY LIFE MY GOD BLESS THE READER OF MY WORDS.
LOVE, THE PERSON WITH A HEART



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