from PLAZOID November 2006, Tad's Critical Analysis of the "Official" Explaination for the Execution of Cheri Moore in her Home

Critical Analysis of the "Official" Explaination for the
Execution of Cheri Moore in her Home by the Police

The Plazoid recieved this letter from Tad. Tad's critical analysis of the
"official" explaination of Cheri Moore's murder raises some important
questions about the honesty and accountability of our local armed
extention of the State.

I’ve read repetitive letters written expressing the opinion that it was the victims and
their families (also victims) who were responsible for the killings by
police bullets. Poor peoples around the world are constantly being told
they are the reason that prisons, mental health departments, and
probation departments are necessary. The truth is that our prisons are
full of the poorest of our so-called civilization. African Americans
are extremely over represented in the criminal justice system and
extremely under represented in our society pages, making it easier for
the wealthy, the wealthy media, and the campaign finance dependant
politicians to blame the poor for their plight, and evidently their
murders as well. But, really it boils down to: police trained to kill
verses families just trying to get by doing the best they can.

Most people have heard of the “magic bullet” theory in the JFK
assignation. A single bullet defying physics, created 6 wounds through
a zigzag trajectory, and was then found to be in pristine condition
after its journey. Did a magic bullet kill Cheri Moore on April 14,
2006? In Humboldt County, a bullet shot by 5 cowboy cops facing Cheri
penetrated the back of her head with a bullet that the pathologist
performing the autopsy, claims “disintegrated” – It can not be linked
to any individual weapon. The weapon in question is an “assault” weapon
that fires a .223 caliber bullet. At the scene of Cheri’s murder (by
law enforcement) several police carried AR-15s, M-16s and .223s as
testified to in the Cheri Moore Coroner’s inquest (http://www.times-standard.com/mooreinquest). Little research is required to learn that all the weapons listed above use a .223 caliber bullet.

On April 14, Cheri was shot 5 times by .223 bullets, the wall was shot two
additional times, and only 5 .223 bullet casings were found. Who at the
scene had such a .223 weapon? Rodriquez Sanchez (police) and Rocky
Harpham (police) claimed to have had “Bernoulli 12 gage shotguns,” and
Tim Jones (police) claimed to have had a “pepper ball projectile gun,”
Michael Johnson (police) and Terrence Liles (police) claimed to have
had an “AR-15,” - a “.223” caliber assault rifle. The five mentioned
above all admitted to busting into Cheri’s home when she was killed;
across the street and slightly to Cheri’s right, an observer/sniper
named Robert Mengal (police) was positioned with an “M-16,” - a “.223”
caliber assault rifle.

Cheri’s body was riddled with buckshot entry wounds; two groups in her chest, groups in her groin, her neck, and her armpit. Each buckshot wound entered in front and on the left
side of Cheri’s body. Cheri had 5 entry wounds from a .223 - 1) the
back of her head; 2) the back of her left shoulder; 3) Her left arm; 4)
her left chest; and 5) her right chest. In other words, the official
police version is that one police “assault” weapon shot Cheri from all
possible directions, while the actual shotgun wounds, combined with all
inquest testimony indicates that Cheri was facing her killers during
the entire shooting.

Two wounds to Cheri’s back were .223 entry wounds one to the back of her head and the other to her right shoulder. The inquest jury did not find either of these wounds to be
the absolute cause of death, but the shot to the back of Cheri’s head
can’t be ruled out either. Police testimony indicated that only two
officers burst in with “.223’s” – Michael Johnson and Terry Liles.
Liles claimed not to have fired his gun. It defies logic that either
Michael Johnson or Terry Liles could have made the shot to the back of
Cheri’s head. The official police version claims Michael Johnson must
have de facto shot Cheri in the back of the head because he was the
only police officer, in the police S.W.A.T team, found by the police investigation, to have been officially proclaimed by the police to fire his police issued weapon!

There was another .223 involved besides the two in the room. Across the
street were two “observers/snipers,” as testified by Ron Harpham. One
was Ron Harpham watching thru just binoculars and the other was Robert
Mengal watching thru the sights of a M-16/.223. Could Mengal shoot
Cheri in the back of the head from where he was? Robert Mengal never
claimed he fired his gun, yet, Robert Mengal doesn’t surrender his
weapon like the “S.W.A.T.” members do, he “lock[s] it in [his] car.”
Mengal declines to testify in the Cheri Moore inquest, instead the
recording of his initial interview was transcribed. The transcribed
interview was acted out by Jim Dawson, (chief investigator Humboldt
County District Attorney’s office) as “himself” and Charles Van
Buskirk, (deputy coroner with the Humboldt County Coroner's office) as
“Robert Mengal.” Mengal has relocated to Idaho since the shooting and
felt it too unimportant to testify. According to the official police
version of the magic bullet theory he was also the one who gave the
“hands free” S.W.A.T. command he knew to be the “signal” to crash thru
Cheri’s door.

Van Buskirk, reciting Mengal (who had two advising lawyers during his interview), stated he saw Cheri reach out of the fourth window; spoke “north window empty hands,” heard some
bangs, left the building, and locked his M-16 in his car. Mengal who
was “about the same height” as Cheri, and about “35 yards” away, could
see “inside her apartment.” If the testimony of the other three
officers is creditable then while Johnson was watching his “laser
sight” on Cheri’s ribs just prior to shooting, Mengal was “observing”
the back of Cheri’s head through his rifle sights.

Matthew Kristen, criminalist with the California Department of Justice, claimed
that he found two entry holes in the corner of Cheri’s apartment. Susan
Comfort, a forensic pathologist, explained how .223 bullets
“fragment” and don’t leave the body. Seven total .223 bullets were
fired – five in Cheri’s body and two in the wall. Matthew Kristen drew
circles and arrows on a floor plan of Cheri’s apartment making a little
circle in the middle of the living room away from any other bullet
holes or shell casings he identified. He never explains what this
smaller circle signified or why he drew it, but if a fourth shooter
across the street shot and missed, then that circle could be the area
the bullet would strike. Judy Taylor, an evidence technician with the
Eureka Police Department, never told the jury where Charles Heuer, Cheri’s landlord, found the “fifth” .223 shell casing he gave the police a few days later.

None of this is concrete evidence that there was a fourth shooter in
Cheri’s death, but listening to the testimony in the coroner’s inquest
conveys a story of Cheri “slumping” back from the shooters not spinning
in a circle. Michael Johnson testified to seeing his “laser sights on
[Cheri’s] midsection” and the “change in her eyes” just prior to
shooting. Tim Jones described Cheri falling back away from the
officers. Todd Wilcox (police) described, “easing Cheri forward to put
handcuffs on her.” Even Ron Harpham and Michael Johnson describe Cheri
as falling back away from them.

The “investigation” was poorly done. Obvious discrepancies were ignored and key witnesses were not pursued; yet, nothing can be done by the citizens of Humboldt County to
discover the truth. Cops investigating cops is a BAD idea! An
independent police review board is the first answer to really finding
out what really happened and what we as a community can do to stop it.
All police bullets should be required to be identifiable once they’re
shot. And police who have a history of violence should not be on any
police department’s payrolls.

As mistrust in the police department grows with every questionable death by police violence, more
and more secrecy on the part of the police becomes apparent, if elected
officials make excuses for their police departments, then how are we as
citizens represented - more important how are we being protected? If
those we elect to protect us leave us in the hands of good-ol’-boy
rogue cops, then we must take initiative for our own protection. The
wealthy support police eliminating “undesirable” people, but the
majority, the poor, see it as an assault upon our safety. It is hard
enough to deal with our children being thrown in jail and put on
probation for little stupid shit (victimless crimes), but the police
have become judge, jury and executioner. The time to speak out has
come.

Love eternal

tad