Central Florida's largest domestic-terrorism case continued to fall apart Monday in the Osceola County Courthouse.Just before trial was scheduled to begin, all charges were dropped against two of the last three members of the American Front, who were accused last year of training for a race war. No explanation was given.
A 20-year-old Dayton man, the father of a 3-year-old girl, died Thursday after a shooting involving FBI agents conducting a drug investigation at a beverage store near the Dayton Mall.
Jermaine C. Coleman Jr., 20, of Dayton died at Kettering Medical Center at 3:30 p.m., according to the Montgomery Warren County Coroner’s Office.
Coleman was fatally shot and two other Dayton men, Tyler Christian, 26, and Tobe McLarty, 26, were taken into custody following a shootout reported at 3:09 p.m. Thursday at Beverage Palace, 8980 Kingsride Dr., according to a Miami Twp. police report.
The incident comes on the heels of recent arrests as part of a heroin trafficking investigation in the Dayton Mall area.
On Friday, Christian and McLarty, who was wounded in the incident, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Sharon Ovington in federal court in Dayton on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and assault on a federal officer.
Christian also is charged with one count of making a false statement to a law enforcement officer. Ovington ordered each man held without bond until a detention hearing on April 10.
A group of FBI agents gathered about 10:30 a.m. Friday outside the store at 8980 Kingsridge. They appeared to be gathering evidence and taking measurements using laser equipment. They declined to comment.
Witnesses on Thursday said they saw about 10 police vehicles heading toward the store shortly before the shooting.
“The next thing you heard was, ‘FBI get down!’ Then I heard four shots. Boom boom boom boom! And that was it,” Rachel Sorise said.
Family members said Coleman is survived by a daughter, Zyonn Coleman, 3, of Dayton. He was described as a graduate of the Arise Academy who played football at Northridge High School and worked in lawn care.
Pinson said Coleman and his daughter lived with her on Iriquois Avenue in Dayton.
“He was a magnificent child,” Pinson said, as family and friends gathered at the home of Coleman’s grandmother’s home on Burleigh Avenue in West Dayton.
Coleman’s family and friends complained about learning Friday of his death.
“Something is not right with this,” Coleman’s mother, Demecca Pinson said.
Pinson said she didn’t learn of her son’s death until he called the coroner’s office Friday. There was no mention of a fatal shooting in the FBI statement or police report.
The final excerpt from Howie Carr’s new book, “Rifleman: The Untold Story of Stevie Flemmi, Whitey Bulger’s Partner.”
Gangster Stevie “the Rifleman” Flemmi is due in Boston in June to testify in his longtime underworld partner Whitey Bulger’s federal murder trial. In today’s excerpt from my new book, “Rifleman,” based on Flemmi’s 2003 confession, he details some of his dealings with corrupt FBI agent H. Paul Rico:
When they first met in 1958, Rico was a young FBI agent and Flemmi was an up-and-coming hoodlum. Pretty soon they were, you might say, thick as thieves.
Rico is best-known for the congressional testimony he gave in 1997 about the FBI’s 1968 framing of four Boston underworld figures for a murder they did not commit. All four served more than 30 years in prison. Two died there.
“Whaddaya want from me, tears?” Rico told a congressman.
But that was just one facet of his incredibly corrupt career, much of which involved Flemmi.
Rico hated the McLaughlin gang of Charlestown. In the early 1960s, the FBI had tapped their phones, and picked up disparaging comments about the alleged sexual practices of Rico and his bosses, J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson. Edward “Punchy” McLaughlin had also threatened the brother of Dennis Condon, Rico’s partner in the FBI.
George McLaughlin in 1965 was a fugitive, on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for the murder of a Roxbury bank teller. Flemmi picks up the story:
“Just prior to George MCLAUGHLIN’s arrest … RICO asked FLEMMI for a throwdown handgun. Rico explained that the agents were about to arrest MCLAUGHLIN (and were) planning on shooting MCLAUGHLIN as they took him into custody. The agents were going to plant the gun on a dresser next to MCLAUGHLIN and claim that he had reached for the weapon (and they had fired back) in self-defense.”
Flemmi gave Rico an untraceable .38 caliber revolver. The next day, McLaughlin was arrested, without any fanfare. Flemmi was puzzled.
“RICO explained to FLEMMI that there were five agents involved in the arrest, but that while four were in agreement to kill MCLAUGHLIN, the group was uncertain about a fifth agent ... and the plan was dropped. FLEMMI added that RICO never returned the firearm to him.”
Every once in a while a really nice example of institutional racism emerges from the corporate media and gives us a chance to expose unexamined assumptions that make truth impossible.
The March 30 New York Times carried a front page article about Indian country that rolls up the nicest example of institutional racism I’ve seen a long time. John Eligon penned a bizarre story about an effort to sell the Wounded Knee massacre site, and in so doing actually managed to convert genocide into a real estate story.
On December 29, 1890 the 7th Calvary tried to disarm a group of Indians in South Dakota. A shot rang out and up to 300 Indians were massacred in what the US Army calls the last “battle” of the American Indian Wars: Wounded Knee.
Since 1968 the site of that massacre has been owned by a white man who purchased it in order to exploit its tourism potential. Do I even need to comment on the irony of that factoid? Now the owner is trying to sell the 40 acre site and this is where the Times’s Eligon picks up the story.
This is a sad story of a poor white man, James A. Czywczynski, whose scheme to exploit an Indian massacre for profit fell apart in 1973. What happened in 1973? After decades of corruption, intimidation, violence, and murder some Indians made a stand at the town of Wounded Knee and called for the removal of a corrupt tribal president.
Check this out: the town of Wounded Knee is on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, here’s what Wikipedia says about it:
“The town lies within the Pine Ridge Reservation, occupied by the Oglala Lakota (Sioux).” (Emphasis mine.)
Occupied. Apparently whenever Indians exist somewhere it’s an “occupation”. When members of the American Indian Movement moved into Wounded Knee in 1973 according to Eligon and Wikipedia it was an “occupation”. In 1973 Czywczynski had to move away:
“… after the violent occupation of Wounded Knee by an organization known as the American Indian Movement left much of the town destroyed, including the trading post and his home.”So it wasn’t just an occupation, it was a “violent” occupation, one that destroyed a white guys investment.
PBS has a website for a special they once did on Wounded Knee called: “We Shall Remain”. At the time, this is how anchorman John Chancellor described it:
“We have tonight one of the strangest stories to come along in a long time. A group of American Indians has taken over the town of Wounded Knee in South Dakota and they have been holding it for nearly a whole day. This afternoon the FBI said the Indians are in charge of the town.”
Indians in charge of a town in the middle their own reservation, how strange is that? The idea that Indians somehow needed or used “force” to “occupy” their own land at Wounded Knee is a surprisingly durable fiction. All eye witness accounts report a caravan of cars and trucks driving into town and setting up camp. There was no violence, no force, no “invasion”, and this was after all Indian land on an Indian reservation. Most people would say that the AIM caravan moved in, like Circe De Soleil moves in. When Cirque de Soleil moved into St. Louis Park, Minnesota a couple years ago no one described it as an “occupation”.
The Federal response to AIM’s arrival at the town of Wounded Knee was to surround the town with hundreds of officers and several armored personnel carriers with 50 caliber machine guns. Then they started a gunfight.
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