Anthony Mosquera Jr.
Age seventeen at his time of death from a self-inflicted
bullet to his head in 1998. Gerardo Mosquera, Jr., a teen
who took his studies seriously and worked after school to
help support his family, became despondent when his father,
a legal resident in the US for 29 years, was deported by the
INS in December, 1997.
Mosquera Sr., 38, was sent back to Colombia, his native
country that he hardly knew, despite the fact his wife and
children were born in the US and he was gainfully employed
as a forklift operator. His father's deportation came as a
result of a crackdown on so-called "criminal aliens." His
sole felony conviction stemmed from the sale of one $10 bag
of marijuana to a police informant in 1989. As this law bans
people from ever returning to the US, he was even denied
permission to return for his son's funeral.
His death from AIDS inspired his friends to
sponsor the Medical Marijuana Initiative of 1991. San
Francisco's Proposition P won with 80% of the vote.
Rev. Accelyne Williams
Retired Methodist minister Accelyne Williams was chased
around his Boston, MA apartment by members of a police team
looking for drugs and guns, when he collapsed and died of a
heart attack at the age of 75. Acting on a tip by an
informant, the police conducted a no-knock raid.
No guns or drugs were found, as it was soon discovered
they raided the wrong apartment!
Age 62 at the time of his death at his home in Malibu,
CA. on October 2, 1992.
Scott and his wife, Frances Plante, were awakened by
violent pounding at the door on the morning of October 2,
1992. As Frances attempted to open the door, a narcotics
task force from the LA County Sheriff's Dept. burst into the
home, weapons in hand.
Frances was pushed forcefully from the door at gun point.
She cried out, "Don't shoot me, don't kill me!" With a gun
aimed at her head, Frances looked to her right and saw
Donald charging into the room, waving a revolver above his
head. She heard a deputy shout, "Put the gun down! Put the
gun down! Put the gun down!" As Scott was doing so, Frances
heard three gun shots ring out, apparently from two
Her husband was killed instantly.
Scott was a millionaire who owned 250 acres of
breathtakingly beautiful land that was adjacent to federal
park lands. Attempts had been made by the feds to buy the
property, but Scott was not interested in selling. Claims
that there might be pot growing on the land, made by agents
who did aerial surveillance, were used to get a search
An official inquiry suggested that agents had hoped this
raid would lead to asset forfeiture of the property Scott
would not sell. The coroner's report listed the cause of
death as a homicide. No marijuana was found. Scott did not
even smoke it. In January, 2000, the Scott family won a
$5 million wrongful
death settlement from the government over the
Age 15 at time of death in Janesville, WI. Joe
Zwaska, an undercover police officer, had been drinking
before he fatally shot the teen. Tests showed Leon had
traces of marijuana in his blood.
Ronald C. Loop, Jr.
Age 25 at time of death on March 11, 1988 in
Brick Township, NJ. Suspected of marijuana dealing, Loop
had just picked up a Federal Express package that
contained 10 pounds of marijuana. He was unarmed and was
shot as he fled from police outside his home.
When told he was facing a lengthy jail sentence after
being arrested with about a half ounce of methamphetamine,
seventeen year-old high school student, Chad MacDonald,
agreed to act as an informant for the Brea Police Department
The pressure he was under to make a buy large enough to
satisfy the police and avoid prosecution on his charges led
directly to his torture and death at a suspected drug house
on March 3, 1998 and the rape and shooting of his sixteen
year-old girlfriend, who had accompanied him. Revenge was
alleged as the motive in court documents filed on two
suspects who were arrested for the attacks.
Following assurances that her son would not be in danger
if she agreed to allow him to act as an informant as they
proposed, his mother, Cindy, signed the department's release
form. This allowed Chad to go home. At that time, she was
unaware that the arrangement involved Chad wearing a wire
while making a buy until after one had taken place. Chad had
confided in his mother that he felt pressured to make
increasingly larger buys and that detectives had said his
three previous undercover buys were not enough to make his
legal problems go away. Mrs. MacDonald repeatedly told
police that she had wanted him to end the arrangement.
Had she been advised that he could have qualified for a
high intensity drug treatment program rather than faced hard
time in custody, she would have jumped at it. Mrs. MacDonald
believes her son would be alive today if the police had
handled his case differently. Brea police deny he was
working for them on the day he died.
May 14, 1979 - May 20, 1997
The first US citizen killed by military troops on US
soil since 1970, when students were killed by National Guard
troops at a Kent State University Vietnam War protest.
Esequiel 'Zeke' Hernandez, born and raised in Texas, was
considered one of Redford's "best and the brightest" with
aspirations of becoming a game warden or park ranger. He was
only eighteen years old at the time of his death, in the
isolated border town of Redford, Texas (with a population of
Esequiel was born the year before Ronald Reagan was
elected President. Prior to Reagan's administration, the
Posse Comitatus Act had prevented active duty military
troops from engaging in domestic law enforcement. During his
term it was amended to allow troops to be on patrol in the
Drug War at home.
Zeke was tending his family goat herd when he was shot by
22-year-old Marine Corporal Banuelos, who was part of the
Joint Task Force Six, a military unit assigned to anti-drug
operations. The Marines, dressed in camouflage battle
fatigues, were hiding in the bushes looking for drug
While tending the goats, Zeke carried a rifle that his
grandfather had given him to use to protect the goats from
snakes and wild animals. The marines claim that he fired two
shots in their direction, and upon seeing him raise his
rifle again, Banuelos fired the fatal shot from an M-16.
Townspeople claim they only heard one shot. The autopsy
showed that Esequiel was not facing Banuelos when he was
killed. He lay bleeding on the ground unattended for twenty
minutes before he died.
The townspeople had no idea that Marines were patrolling
the area in camouflaged outfits known as 'ghillie suits,'
which make them virtually invisible to the unknowing eye.
They have been traumatized by the event. Children are afraid
to go out and play. Adults are afraid to take an evening
stroll. People do not believe that the area is a major drug
smuggling route, and they're uncomfortable with having
Marines, who are trained to kill, on ground patrol in their
backyards or flying low in helicopters that scare goats and
Normally when dealing with such traumatic events, the
government sends in counselors to help people cope with the
situation. But the town of Redford received no help. In
fact, the government has not even apologized to Zeke's
family. It has not admitted any mistakes, and has not
cleared Esequiel of any wrongdoing. However, in January,
1998, it was announced that no charges would be filed
against the Marine who killed him. Esequiel's family won a
wrongful death suit against the government.
Age 33 at time of death in St. Petersburg, FL in July,
1994. Deputies did not identify themselves before breaking
into the house as the family prepared to watch a movie.
Friends and relatives say Robert may have mistaken them for
burglars. Deputies did not know there were two children and
his ailing stepfather (who had a heart attack after the
shoot-out) in the house at the time of the no-knock
The police tried to smash through the front door with a
battering ram. Peters fired a .357 magnum through the door
and was struck three times by the SWAT team.
Two pounds of marijuana were confiscated from his home.
Records indicate that a confidential informant bought 7.3
grams of marijuana. An undercover detective purchased 27
grams. His brother George was charged and did not resist
arrest. George said his brother wouldn't have resisted
either, had he known they were deputies. "All they had to
do," he said, "was knock on the door."
Age 26 at time of death in Albuquerque, NM in an early
morning, no-knock drug raid in 1990. According to
allegations in the lawsuit, Manuel was asleep on the living
room couch in his home when Albuquerque Police Department
(APD) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team officers and
Navy SEALS approached his front door and rear windows to
serve a search warrant looking for cocaine.
The APD officers, with the assistance of one or more
SEALs approached the house and rigged a cable between the
apartment door and a tow truck. Police broke out windows in
the apartment's two bedrooms, including one directly above a
crib where a 5-month old baby was sleeping. The crash of
glass woke up a niece who ran from the bedroom and called to
her uncle, because she was afraid the family was being
robbed, the complaint says. Manuel reached for an unloaded
gun just as the tow truck ripped the door off the apartment.
Police and SEALs burst into the apartment and shot Ramirez
twice in the chest without announcing who they were, nor
giving any order to drop the weapon before firing. Officers
allegedly threw his wife and her niece to the floor,
handcuffed them and, for the first time, announced they were
police. Police found two marijuana cigarettes, a bottle with
methamphetamine pills, and a spoon with drug residue in the
Age 84 and bedridden when she was killed by police in a
1992 drug raid in East Texas. No drugs were found in the
home. A 28 year-old officer said his automatic pistol
accidentally discharged when he kicked open Mrs. Dixon's
Earlier that night, an informant was given $30 to go into
the Dixon home where he claimed he could buy drugs. He
emerged with crack cocaine, but police did not search him
either before and after the purchase. The informant reported
that a few young women and children lived there, but he
didn't know about the sick woman. Police got a search
warrant and returned to the house just after 2 am. They
sprinted up the ramshackle porch and smashed the front door
with a battering ram. As they swept in, the officer kicked
in the door to Ms. Dixon's bedroom and fell, slamming his
elbow against the door and firing the gun. The officer said
he collapsed and "started throwing my guts up crying because
I knew I had shot somebody that didn't have no reason to be