“You Should Have Shot the Son of a Bitch” — Listen to Police Joke About Murdering Black Activist

Alternet | by Aviva Stahl

Ojore Lutalo, a Black Liberation activist who had formerly spent nearly three decades in prison, was traveling on an Amtrak train back to his home in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The woman sitting in front of Lutalo, who was eavesdropping on his conversation, reported hearing alarming remarks to train staff.

When the train pulled into La Junta, Colorado, Lutalo was arrested at gunpoint. He spent three days in jail.

 Ojore Lutalo is a libertarian anarchist and has spoken out against the prison industrial complex and statism.

FC: Ojore Lutalo is an anarchist and has spoken out against the prison industrial complex and statism.

Meanwhile, town officials had realized they could not substantiate Lutalo’s purported “terrorist threats,” prompting the embarrassing question of whether charges would even be filed.

Assistant District Attorney Barta phoned arresting Officer Mobley to confer about how to salvage the investigation and secure an indictment. (Lutalo was never charged.)

If the circumstances of Lutalo’s arrest were different—if he didn’t have a high profile or access to legal support—we’d probably never know about this incident.

The recordings were disclosed during discovery after Lutalo filed suit against the city for violating his constitutional rights by making false claims to justify his arrest. The suit was ultimately settled out of court.

Arresting Officer Mobley: I should have just let [the arrestee] get off the train and  go.

Assistant District Attorney Barta: Ah, you should have said that he pulled a knife on you and shot the son of a bitch.

Mobley: (Laughter)




Barta: (Laughter) He pulled something out of his pocket and it looked like a gun… then… it was a goddamn comb, I’m sorry! (Laughter)

Mobley: My bad, I’m sorry! (Laughter)

Barta: My bad! (Laughter)

Barta: (Laughter) Oh well, anyway… (Pause) Or, you could have arrested him, alleged that the train tried to pull out, and here’s a thought, throw him under the track, the wheels, and then say he tried to escape. But too late for that….

Mobley: Yeah …

Mobley: Oh well! Anyway….

(Listen to the tape below)


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  • Ronnie Drury

    Thugs.

  • Arnt Johnsen

    This Assistant District Attorney Barta and Arresting Officer Mobley should get fired from their jobs and jailed for planning a murder or suggest a murder…

    • Chris Sebok

      Yeah, if anyone of us had our phone tapped… oh wait, they’re always being tapped, and said something like that about a cop, we would be arrested for CONSPIRACY. How is that even a fucking charge?? Talking about committing a crime, and actually committing a crime, are two very different things. A good lesson can be learned in The Twilight Zone episode where the guy can read minds. Conspiracy charges are unconstitutional.

  • http://wiseoldsnail.org/ wiseoldsnail

    conspiracy to commit murder

  • jimmy

    DID HE SAY GOOD HUNTING AT THE END??????? WTF

  • Randalf

    People like this aren’t fit to have any sort of authority and belong in a mental institution.

  • robert north

    Why hasn’t Assistant District Attorney Barta been fired for this? They try to arrest an innocent man for making terrorist threats with no evidence, and then ignore the same crime perpetrated by the very person that the people depend on for justice. This is a travesty….

  • robert north

    People should start a campaign of calling the Mayor of “La Junta, Colorado” on a daily basis until Assistant District Attorney Barta has been removed from office. This man is far too dangerous to be in a position of authority.
    Mayor Lyn Horner 515 San Juan Ave., La Junta, CO 81050
    (719) 468-6695
    term ends: 11/2015