MAN DIED WHILE HOGTIED BY GPD – FAMILY, PASTORS AND COMMUNITY ORGS WANT JUSTICE
“He was tied up like an animal.”
– Statement from Marcus Deon Smith’s family
November 13, 2018 – Marcus Deon Smith died while in police custody during the early morning hours of September 8th, 2018. After reviewing the police body cam footage, members of Marcus Deon Smith’s family believe that he died because of being held in a ‘hogtie restraint’ which caused him to stop breathing.
The Smith family has written a letter to the Greensboro City Council asking for full transparency, due speed and accountability for the 4 officers involved in this incident.
A group of 7 pastors and over a dozen community organizations have written a statement of support which was delivered to members of Greensboro City Council, along with the family’s statement, and a statement from their attorney, Graham Holt, on November 13th, 2018.
‘Hogtying’ is a controversial form of restraint which other police departments across the country have banned because of the serious risk of injury or death associated with such practices. Police officers AG Lewis, JC Payne, LA Andrews and RR Duncan have been put on administrative duty, as per department protocol, and an SBI investigation has begun following this incident.
The Smith family claim that the short press release produced by the Greensboro Police Department concerning Marcus’s death is lacking in crucial details and offers a false narrative about how he died. “Marcus posed NO threat to these police officials,” the Smith family statement reads, “He submitted himself willingly and BEGGED for help, and instead he was hogtied, and died as a result.”
The Smith family have asked for the Greensboro City Council to review all pertinent body camera footage concerning this case immediately, to hold individual officers accountable and to change the Greensboro Police Department policy to bar officers from engaging in such restraints in the future.
The media and public are welcome to attend a press conference held at
The Beloved Community Center - 417 Arlington Street on
Wednesday November 14th at 3pm.
The Smith Family, along with their attorney, Graham Holt, and representatives of the supportive organizations who have penned the statement to Greensboro City Council will be present to answer any questions from media.
The following list of clergy and organizations have signed the statement of support:
For the Homeless Union of Greensboro
Rev. Julie Peeples
Congregational Church of Christ Greensboro
Rev. Brandon Wrencher
For the Pulpit Forum Greensboro
Rev. Wesley Morris
Faith Community Church Greensboro
Rev. Nelson Johnson
For the Beloved Community Center Greensboro
Rev. Sadie Lansdale
First Unitarian Church of Greensboro
Rev. Randall Keeney
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
Rev. Carter Ellis
St. Timothy's United Methodist Church
And Karen Archia
For the Good Neighbor Movement Church
Irving David Allen
Human Relations Commission for the City of Greensboro and Criminal Justice Advisory Commission Board Member
Former Greensboro Police Community Review Board Commissioner
For the YWCA of Greensboro
For Democracy Greensboro
Retired Civil Rights Attorney
Dr. Spoma Jovanovic
For the Faculty of Reclaiming Democracy
For Community Play!/All Stars Alliance
For Greensboro Food Not Bombs
Nikki Marin Baena
For Siembra NC
Andrew Willis Garcés
For American Friends Service Committee of the Carolinas
For Ignite NC
For the Carolina Peacemaker
Vicki White-Lawrence, President,
Anna Fesmire, Vice President
& Gary Kenton, Board Member
For the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad*