40-year-old Marcus D. Moore is dead from extra-judicial execution.
Freeport Police say Moore was wanted for robbery. When they tracked him down Thursday night, they say he fought with authorities, causing them to use the taser gun. Shortly after, Moore complained of being unable to breathe. He was taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital and was later pronounced dead.
Freeport police think Moore was on drugs at the time of his arrest and that taser use was warranted. Then again, what else would they say?
Villagers, I accept that Marcus Moore did wrong by robbing somebody. And it appears that he has a history of criminal activity in Freeport. On the other hand, Freeport police have such a poor record of dealing with African Americans that their deputy chief of police felt a need to speak out about recent racist actions.
In any case, Marcus Moore was a citizen of the United States of America. Death is not the penalty for being a petty thief in America ... not even Freeport IL.