This is the current President of NDAA.
One of the previous presidents was not better, if not worse than Fitzpatrick.
His name is Henry Garza, see page 2 of this Board Roster of NDAA.
Henry Garza is a DA from Bell County, Texas. On top of being the past President of the National District Attorneys' Association, he is NDAA's current Chairman.
DA Garza is proud of his position in the NDAA, as is evident from
DA Garza's official webpage.
DA Garza even states that NDAA is the "Voice of America's Prosecutors".
Making DA Garza, the Chairman of the NDAA, THE voice of the America's prosecutors.
Here is the picture of that "voice".
And here is what that "voice" is currently doing.
DA Henry Garza was elected in 2001 and "is currently serving his fourth term" in Bell County, Texas.
Texas is a death penalty state.
It is the discretion of the DA to seek that death penalty.
This is the man who was deciding whether to seek death on behalf of the government in the State of Texas for 15 years so far.
But, that's the law in the State of Texas, so he is not doing anything wrong for following the law, right?
In November of 2015 DA Garza announced his bid for yet another re-election (by the way, Henry Garza looks older in his 2014 picture than on his current official website picture indicating some vanity issues in DA Garza, an obvious problem for a death penalty prosecutor), compare:
In his re-election bid announced on November 11, 2015, DA Henry Garza claimed that
"he's dedicated to the idea of fairness in criminal justice and plans to continue his dedication to the residents of Bell County."
DA Garza is "dedicated to the idea of fairness in criminal justice".
In February of 2014, a Texas grand jury returned a "no-bill" and refused to indict a man who shot and killed a police officer during a "no-knock" raid.
Imagine ninja-clad armed people climbing into your window in the wee hours of the morning - are you supposed to presume they are police officers and not defend yourself and your family, with deadly force?
So, a Texas grand jury reasonably concluded that there is nothing to charge the man for when he believed he is being attacked and is risking death from home invaders.
The "no-bill" was returned, once again, in February of 2014, in Burleston County, Texas.
Burleston County DA Julie Renken presented to that grand jury a capital murder case.
The grand jury refused to charge any crime.
Look at the face of a DA who sought death penalty for a person's legal action, an obvious self-defense against a home invasion:
Homey, kind, compassionate, right?
This is the face of an attempted murderer.
Of course, a police media outlet in 2013 reported what happened in a completely different way.
There was no mentioning that it was a no-knock raid.
There was no mentioning that police officers did not identify themselves before storming the Magee residence.
The article only stated that Mr. Magee shot a police officer when "a team of eight deputies served a search warrant at a mobile home".
The search warrant was because of a tip that Mr. Magee was growing marijuana - a non-violent "crime".
Here is a table of similar no-knock raids in several states from 2001 to 2014, as reported by the media, and of results of such raids:
Death penalty state?
Name of fallen police officer
Name of defendant
Race of defendant
Of the case
Cory Jermaine Maye
Girlfriend and child at home;
A no-knock drug raid, a tip from a racist informant; defendant had no prior criminal record, DOB September 9, 1980 – 21 years old at the time of the raid
Charged, convicted of capital murder, sentenced to death;sentence overturned in 2006 on ineffective assistance of counsel grounds; conviction overturned in 2010; in 2009, the conviction was overturned for denial of the right of vicinage; in 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction for denial of self-defense instruction regarding Maye’s infant daughter; Maye was coerced to plead guilty to a lesser charge in 2011 in exchange for immediate release and time served
No-knock drug raid for growing marijuana;
Drug raid was based on information from a criminal/informant who DID break into the home of Ryan Frederick 3 days prior
Capital murder, death penalty sought, jury convicted for lesser charge of manslaughter, defendant was sentenced to a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison
January 4, 2011
Matthew David Stewart
Pot-growing raid with a battering ram; defendant was an Army veteran; defendant was sleeping and naked when the home was breached, one police officer was killed and several injured
Charged with capital murder, prosecutors announced they will seek death penalty; hung himself in his pre-trial detention cell after a judge denied dismissal of charges based on self-defense
Pot-growing no-knock raid
Capital murder case presented to the grand jury, grand jury refused to indict; but, indicted for felony possession of marijuana while possessing a deadly weapon
May 16, 2014
Marvin Louis Guy, age 50
No-knock drug raid
Indicted for capital murder, prosecution is seeking death penalty, the trial is set for September 26, 2016
The raids were for growing marijuana.
Washington and Colorado, the states where marijuana was legalized, received, respectively, 70 million dollars in taxes (Washington) and 76 million dollars in taxes (Colorado) in the year 2014.
Instead, the states of Utah, Mississippi, Virginia and Texas wasted thousands of tax dollars on law enforcement and prosecution of pot-growers, sent police officers into no-knock raids knowing that they may be killed as presumed home invaders, buried at least 5 officers killed as home invaders, paid for injuries of many more and spent and will spend millions of dollars on prosecution, incarceration, feeding, housing and medical treatment of people who killed officers as home invaders, in self-defense.
- Ron Jones, of Mississippi, age 29, on the force for 5 years when killed; survived by parents and two brothers;
- Jarrod Shivers, of Virginia, age 34, on the force for 8 years when killed, who left behind a wife, a son and two daughters, parents, siblings and grandparents;
- Jared Francom, of Utah, age 31, survived by a wife and two young children;
- Adam Sowder, of Texas, age 31, 7 years on the force;
- Charles Dinwiddie, of Texas, age 47, 18 tears on the force, left behind a wife, two children, parents, multiple siblings, nephews and nieces.
- the life (Matthew Stewart),
- 10 years in prison and coerced violent criminal record for manslaughter because it was beneath the prosecution to admit they did something wrong and withdraw the charges completely (Cory Maye),
- the stress and publicity of criminal prosecution (Henry Magee);
- incarceration for 10 years (Ryan Frederick);
- possibly, death penalty (Marvin Guy).
Henry Garza is no more than a salesman.
Of the death penalty.
At the cost of lives of police officers and the life of the criminal defendant.
At the cost of devastation of families on both sides.
And, until and unless people realize who is the real culprit in the death of officer Charles Dinwiddie, and demand real accountability of the real culprits, more officers will be put in the exact same position, and in the exact same danger of death or serious injury - so that more salesmen like Henry Garza would claim political capital in their election campaigns.
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