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According to the LA Times:

"According to police, an officer on patrol after the concert on Dec. 10, 1989, spotted Shanahan standing rigidly with a blank stare on his face. The officer said Shanahan failed to respond to questions and dropped to his knees, yelling and laughing to himself.

The policeman said when Shanahan resisted efforts to arrest him, backup officers were called and he was wrestled to the ground. Police said when Shanahan broke free, one of the officers "placed him in a carotid control hold."

Police were en route to the station with Shanahan when they noticed he had stopped breathing. They took him to Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead."

BULLSHIT! He wasn't standing. He was sitting on the back of a car. He wasn't "yelling or laughing to himself". He responded clearly. In fact, there were no questions. He was ordered to "Get the fuck out of here!" "Backup officers were called"??? Nobody "called" anybody! They leapt on him in a matter of seconds. He NEVER "broke free" the officer dragged him off of the car and beat the fucking shit out of him, and his pals joined in. There was no attempt to settle him down, because he wasn't riled up. And he didn't die "in route", he was dead on the scene. I might not be a doctor, but I know dead when I see it. And they made no effort to revive him. They threw him in the truck like a sack of potatoes and went back to threatening other concertgoers, myself included.

This bullshit spin of lies has me fuming!!!

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I also added:

"I absolutely will testify to this under oath. This letter has been cc'd to the Shanahan family and local and nationwide news sources."

Sound good?

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Thanks!

Thanks for the spell check! I'll paste it back into my draft.

And yeah, I'll swear by it. How do I make it so?

Anybody?

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I think it's appropriate to say you are willing to testify in a court of law in this matter. (Indeed, I'm trying to think how you can make this letter a sworn affidavit.) This is a matter for the criminal courts, so the issue of litigiousness per se doesn't come into it, though of course it would be an issue in a wrongful death civil suit by the Shanahans.

Any California attorneys are cordially invited to correct me, as I am not a lawyer, no way.

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(throwing in a couple paragraph breaks also, and fixing spelling of "unconscious," which I missed previously.)

I was witness to a murder by Inglewood Police at a Grateful Dead concert on December 10, 1989 at the annex parking lot of the Inglewood Forum.

The concert had just ended. The crowd was dispersing, but there was severe gridlock in the parking lot. I was sitting in the bed of my friend's truck, waiting for him to catch up and drive us home. Parked right next to us was another vehicle. Sitting on the back of the vehicle was a young man also waiting for a friend with the keys.

Then we observed the police van approaching, fronted by a brace of officers in riot gear, face shields and batons, in formation. They were screaming threats and telling people to "Get the fuck out of here!" They were NOT "escorting us off the grounds." One of the officers broke from formation and approached, menacingly, the boy on the car next to me. "I said get the fuck out of here!" he shouted. The boy, stunned, quietly attempted to tell the officer that his friend had the carkeys. The officer snapped. He shouted "What did you say to me?" The boy again, now quite terrified, attempted to explain he didn't have the keys to the vehicle, and was waiting for his friend. At that point the officer lunged at the boy, grabbed him by the hair, and viciously started beating him with his baton. Other officers saw the commotion and joined in the beating. It was a frenzy.

The boy was unconscious and lying on the ground. He NEVER resisted. He wasn't acting erratically, nor was he in any way non-compliant. He was sobbing and limp. Then the sobbing stopped and officers tossed his limp body into a van. They then approached me, again screaming "Get the fuck outta here or you're next!" At that moment, my friend arrived with the keys and we jumped into the truck. The officer started banging on the driver's side window with his club, again screaming "Get the fuck out of here NOW!" We were boxed in by traffic, and could not move the vehicle, and said through the closed window to the officer "Where are we supposed to go?" At this point the officer glared at us and stormed away.

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Commas and such...

Could you cite an example Marye? Commas inside the quotes following the exclamation points?

Unfortuately, my buddy arrived after Patrick was carted off, so he can only attest to the general aggressiveness of the officers.

And yes, I will cc it to anyone and everyone I can. You, or anyone else here, wouldn't by chance have contact info for the Shanahans, would you?

I also considered saying I would testify, but I didn't want to sound litigious.

Thoughts?

Thanks, Ev

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two things: put the commas and periods inside the quotation marks. I'm an editor in real life, and you don't want people to use some silly punctuation issue as a reason to dismiss what you said.

also, though journalism has clearly fallen on evil days, I'd send a cc to the LA Times (city desk, probably) and LA Weekly and any of the alternative papers, which might serve to light a fire under the DA.

Other than that it's just exactly perfect as far as I'm concerned, and I'm only sorry the occasion exists for you to write it.

I don't know if you're still in touch with your buddy who drove the car, but if so, it might be good to get in touch with him, give him a heads up, and include that info in the letter if he's willing.

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A draft...

How does this read friends?

To the District Attorney of Los Angeles County:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I was witness to a murder by Inglewood Police at a Grateful Dead concert on December 10, 1989 at the annex parking lot of the Inglewood Forum. The concert had just ended. The crowd was dispersing, but there was severe gridlock in the parking lot. I was sitting in the bed of my friend's truck, waiting for him to catch up and drive us home. Parked right next to us was another vehicle. Sitting on the back of the vehicle was a young man also waiting for a friend with the keys. Then we observed the police van approaching, fronted by a brace of officers in riot gear, face shields and batons, in formation. They were screaming threats and telling people to "Get the fuck out of here!". They were NOT "escorting us off the grounds". One of the officers broke from formation and approached, menacingly, the boy on the car next to me. "I said get the fuck out of here!", he shouted. The boy, stunned, quietly attempted to tell the officer that his friend had the carkeys. The officer snapped. He shouted "What did you say to me?". The boy again, now quite terrified, attempted to explain he didn't have the keys to the vehicle, and was waiting for his friend. At that point the officer lunged at the boy, grabbed him by the hair, and viciously started beating him with his baton. Other officers saw the commotion and joined in the beating. It was a frenzy. The boy was unconcious and lying on the ground.He NEVER resisted. He wasn't acting erratically, nor was he in any way non-compliant. He was sobbing and limp. Then the sobbing stopped and officers tossed his limp body into a van. They then approached me, again screaming "Get the fuck outta here or you're next!". At that moment, my friend arrived with the keys and we jumped into the truck. The officer started banging on the driver's side window with his club, again screaming "Get the fuck out of here NOW!". We were boxed in by traffic, and could not move the vehicle, and said through the closed window to the officer "Where are we supposed to go?". At this point the officer glared at us and stormed away.

They killed that boy. He wasn't high. He didn't resist. He did not in any way instigate anything. It was clear their intent was to terrorize us, and they succeeded. They were clearly on a mission to clean house at all cost. Patrick Shanahan was an example, slain in front of us to tell us all that we were not welcome in Inglewood.

This murderous act and flagrant abuse of authority cannot and must not go unpunished.

I anticipate your reply.

Sincerely,
Evan Schechter

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thanks joe

and thanks evster!

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am not 100% sure, but what I heard was the Katz family settled with Byrne for 1 or 1.5 million. They (family) had done their own investigation, reached a bunch of stonewalls, stymied, they settled. The state of NJ was part of the coverup, their excuse, to keep the reputation of NJ pure or some such shit.

I had also heard therre were some reprimands / firings, but no jail time for any of the assholes on security who murdered him.

some of the above info is also in this link:

http://www.rockrap.com/archive/arch112a.html

I may be wrong, but that is what I heard through one or two, (peripheral) usually relaiable sources different from that link.

I will try to find out more and/or the truth.

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