Man dies while ‘hogtied’ by Greensboro Police
Greensboro, N.C.–Marcus Deon Smith died while in police custody during the early morning hours of September 8, 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 Smith Family, along with their attorney, Graham Holt, and representatives of the supporting organizations who have penned the statement to the council will be present to answer any questions from media.
The following list of clergy and organizations have signed the statement of support:
♦ Marcus Hyde for the Homeless Union of Greensboro
♦ Rev. Julie Peeples of Congregational Church of Christ Greensboro
♦ Rev. Brandon Wrencher for the Pulpit Forum Greensboro
♦ Rev. Wesley Morris of Faith Community Church
♦ Rev. Nelson Johnson for the Beloved Community Center
♦ Rev. Sadie Lansdale of First Unitarian Church of Greensboro
♦ Rev. Randall Keeney of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
♦ Rev. Carter Ellis of St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church
♦ Reggie Weaver & Karen Archia for the Good Neighbor Movement Church
♦ Human Relations Commission for the City of Greensboro and Criminal Justice Advisory Commission Board Member Irving David Allen
♦ Former Greensboro Police Community Review Board Commissioner Lindy Garnett for the YWCA of Greensboro
♦ Hester Petty for Democracy Greensboro
♦ Retired Civil Rights Attorney Lewis Pitts
♦ 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 President Vicki White-Lawrence, Vice President Anna Fesmire, & Board Member Gary Kenton for the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad.
Read: Smith Family Statement
Read: AttorneyHolt’s Statement
Read: Coalition Statement