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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.



Read Statement From Family Here

Read Coalition Statement and the League of Women Voters statement of support Here

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The following list of clergy and organizations have signed the statement of support:

Marcus Hyde

For the Homeless Union of Greensboro

homelessuniongso@gmail.com


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


Reggie Weaver

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



Lindy Garnett

Former Greensboro Police Community Review Board Commissioner

For the YWCA of Greensboro



Hester Petty

For Democracy Greensboro



Lewis Pitts

Retired Civil Rights Attorney



Dr. Spoma Jovanovic

For the Faculty of Reclaiming Democracy



Tiera Moore

For Community Play!/All Stars Alliance



Thomas Burwell

For Greensboro Food Not Bombs



Nikki Marin Baena

For Siembra NC



Andrew Willis Garcés

For American Friends Service Committee of the Carolinas



Holden Cession

For Ignite NC



Gary Kenton

Community Advocate



Alfrique Kilimandjaro

For the Carolina Peacemaker



And


Vicki White-Lawrence, President,

Anna Fesmire, Vice President

& Gary Kenton, Board Member

For the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad*


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