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Urban League urges 'patience' in Taemarr Walker shooting

Published: Wed, October 23, 2013 @ 9:45 a.m.

WARREN — Representatives from the Greater Warren Youngstown Urban League and other organizations called on the community to “exercise patience” and to await the outcome of investigations by local and state officials before assuming too much about the shooting death of Taemarr Walker early Saturday on Risher Road.

“As it relates to the investigation, we will await the results of the internal investigation, as well as the [Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations] on following the use-of-force policy and other details of concern,” Urban League president Thomas Conley said at a press conference this morning at the Urban League offices.

Walker, 24, who is black, was killed by Patrolman Mike Krafcik, who is white, at 1:50 a.m. while Krafcik was investigating a call regarding an abandoned and crashed car.

Krafcik told a dispatcher that a car arrived at the accident scene with two people inside, one of them with a gun. Krafcik could be heard ordering the two to put their hands up. A short time later, he asked for an ambulance.

Police have released little information on Walker’s actions, such as whether he pointed a weapon at Krafcik. Krafcik’s cruiser is not equipped with a video and audio recording system.

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1walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

One armed thug, who happens to be black, is dead. One police officer, who happens to be white, is alive and went home to his family after his shift. I say this is a job well done.

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2badeepster(124 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Walter is spot on. We're supposed to fret about how this POS died? Spin again.

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3auntiem4cabs(115 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I have to go with Walter on this one too. And who gives a $h!t about either ones 'color'... nice reporting!!

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4watchingthepolitics(100 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Would the reporting be the same *IF* the SHOOTER was BLACK and the POLICE OFFICER was WHITE. Just wondering.

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5Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

“exercise patience"
Really? Exercise patience for WHAT? Does Ahmaze D. King ring a bell? The women at the Trumbull Art Galley ring a bell? Carmen’s Pizza menacing complaint? The women he told he was going to shoot and blow up her house? Not to mention 2008 his aggravated burglary and improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation or school in Warren, his charge with felonious assault in Warren in 2007, just after he turned 18. His one year in prison?

No, the Greater Warren Youngstown Urban League and other BLACK organizations tell the blacks to “exercise patience." Instead of telling the community this is WHAT HAPPENS when you want to lead that kind of life. So sick and tired of EXCUSES. What a pitiful society we are becoming.

And this idiot reporter has to mention the THUG was black and the Officer was white. Does it really make a difference????

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