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    Posted June 14, 2012 by
    Perkasie/Sellersville, Pennsylvania
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    Justice for unarmed, innocent man shot dead by police

    Michael W. Marino Jr was killed Sat. by Perkasie/Sellersville Police. He was 26 years old and weighed no more than 130lbs. He had previously witnessed the shooting of another unarmed young man in 2003 (Sean Sullivan vs. Warminster) As stray bullets entered Mike's home, he watched as his neighbor and friend was shot 19 times. This effected him tremendously, and he was never the same. He had just started back at college, and was excited about everything he was learning. He LOVED dancing, and he lit up the room when he walked in. He was not a criminal by any means. He became agitated Sat. afternoon and decided to go for a walk. He was seen banging his head on street signs, so someone called the Perkasie/Sellersville police for HELP. They arrived on the scene and tried talking to Mike. Mike, as I said, was unarmed. He walked away, and that caused the officers to follow him. A struggle ensued between THREE police officers and this 130lb, 5'6 young man. Instead of subduing him by using non lethal force, which they pride themselves on in the Perkasie Police Website, they decided to shoot him, point blank in the chest. After his brother saw Mike's body, he saw that he had been handcuffed,due to Mike's bloody and bruised wrists, and took pictures. The police have now made up several stories. They refuse to comment on whether or not Mike was handcuffed, but they are more than eager to say that on SUNDAY, after Mike was dead, they found what they thought was a bomb behind the station. It turned out to be a hoax, but they say it is somehow connected to Mike. They say when he started walking he left an illegible note scrawled on his car, and it "looks like" the same writing as the fake bomb, that again they didn't find until Sunday. Mike was NEVER violent. As I said before, because of the shooting he witnessed at just 17 years of age, Mike had a phobia of cops. Cops in Bucks County are famously known throughout the young adult community as being power hungry, corrupt, and constantly working outside the law. Within a decade, we have lost two young, white, INNOCENT males, who coincidentally grew up next door to each other. Mike had no ties to drugs or any previous arrests, so there was no reason police needed to shoot first and ask questions later. As I said, the Perkasie/Sellersville police pride themselves on their website about protecting the community by using non lethal methods. Why were none of these methods used on Mike? If he was so out of control how did they kill him with one direct shot to the heart? The DA has ruled this a homicide, and while Mike's family grieves, three officers are getting paid time off. The police department refuses to name names. The District Attorney has now taken over investigating, but if this is anything like the 2003 Sean Sullivan shooting where an eyewitness testified the police were not in uniform, and as Sean ran the eyewitness could see him swatting at bullets as if bees were attacking him, we will continue to not get justice. it makes you wonder why he was shot 19 times while running away with his hands up, but as I said Bucks County cops are known to use excessive force. I witnessed an incident myself where the 5 police continued to beat my friend who had rolled into the fetal position. We have a petition on Facebook with 730 members and growing, and we want the cop responsible to be tried in a court of law, judged by a trial of his/her peers. Fox29 has already picked up the story, as well as phillyburbs.com. You can find his petition and much more information regarding the shooting at: https://www.facebook.com/events/335399629870433/
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