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Unwarranted use of deadly force by cops equals murder

Cops who take lives mistakenly or who overreact should be punished, period

Compton Herald | deadly force
Inglewood Police investigate the scene of the officer-involved shooting of Marquintan Sandlin and Kisha Michael on Feb. 21, 2016. Photo: ABC7

Inglewood police department should admit as much in the grievous slayings of Marquintan Sandlin and Kisha Michael


We all know Inglewood cops brazenly killed Marquintan Sandlin and Kisha Michael on the morning of Feb. 21, 2016 as the couple snoozed in their parked car. There is no need for the Los Angeles County District Attorney to carry on with further investigation of this fact. The Inglewood Police Department has two bulging black eyes, here!

Compton Herald | Uncharted

“Uncharted” is commentary from Compton Herald publisher and editor, Jarrette Fellows, Jr.


This writer was a short distance from the scene of the bloodbath on that fateful day at 3:02 a.m., at my computer working when a volley of gunfire shattered the calm. The weapons sounded like high caliber automatics. Moments later came the clatter of chopper rotor blades.

The outbreak was loud and violent like an exchange in a war zone. As we all learned later, there was no exchange. Just a torrent of bullets fired at a sleeping couple.

Why? We don’t know why Michael Jaen, Richard Parcella, Jason Cantrell, Sean Reidy, and Andrew Cohen felt compelled to execute the young couple. That’s a strong term, but that’s what it was an execution.

Will the Inglewood Police Department ascribe blame to these officers?

The City of Inglewood is willing to settle with the victims’ families —- that says they accept culpability, but, will the cops be punished for what obviously was a horrendously bad shooting? The couple was not conscious, so there was no threat to the police. Their lives were not in danger. The only thing that can be inferred from this grievous tragedy is, the cops were spooked and overreacted. Terminating their employment with Inglewood PD is simply not enough. Cops who take lives mistakenly or who overreact should be punished, period.

“Oops!” has no place here. And the secrecy involving this case is unacceptable. To hell with police department confidentiality. We’re talking about two unwarranted, unnecessary deaths here!

Everything should be open and transparent. The families are owed that much. They, including the decedents’ children, lost loved ones forever.

<p>Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.</p>

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