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Man shot, paralyzed over unpaid parking tickets


Every time you think that police beatings and shootings can’t get any worse, you hear another story like this one.   A man was shot in the back this week in Lehigh County in Pennsylvania and paralyzed over none other than a set of unpaid parking tickets.  When 38-year old Kevin McCullers was shot, the police officer said that he felt that his life was in danger, even though Kevin didn’t have a weapon in his possession.

McCullers had 38 outstanding parking tickets at the time and was shot while backing out of his driveway.  His girlfriend says that he was on his way to Dunkin Donuts and was surprised by the officer.

“They never knocked on the door! No nothing! I just heard the gunshots! He pulled the car out of the garage and all I heard were gunshots,” said Hafeezah Muhammad, the victim’s girlfriend. “For parking tickets?! It’s insane.”

Muhammad says that McCullers may never walk again after the shooting.

Whitehall Township Mayor Ed Hozza Jr. says that McCullers was trying to run over the officer when he was shot. Muhammad says that she recognized the constable when he came to serve her boyfriend, since he’d come by the house before.  She also disputes the mayor’s claim that her boyfriend was trying to harm anyone.

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District Attorney Jim Martin says that shooting could have been avoided if the man had entered into a payment plan with the city.  But he also says that the police in that area are not very well-trained.

“Although they receive training, they really operate under no one’s direct supervision,” Martin said. “And that I wish was something that could be cured.”

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  1. Yocheved

    July 20, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Wake up, Black folks! It’s not news to anyone that you’re going to get shot at by the police. The smart thing to do is PAY YOUR DAMN TICKETS, or how about parking where you’re supposed to in the first place. You’re only painting a huge target on yourself when you break the law, and then go crying victim when some crazy cop comes after you. You KNOW the man has it in for you, so why make it so easy for him?

    And 38 parking tickets? Um, that’s a little bit more than “just a couple.” SMDH

    • Billy Ray Valentine

      July 20, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      The identity of these bully pigs are easily obtained but, rather than take destiny in our own hands we will expect to receive justice from America’s racist court system. Caucasian pigs abusing Black people will never end as long as Black people remain stupid and continue to pray to a Caucasian man as God.

    • TheDarkestSweetestBerry

      July 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      You are as nuts as that police office or constable whatever name they want to be called- to be SHOT over anything less than a crime.. Not paying parking tickets-is not a crime but a delinquency in paying an outstanding debt

  2. Jean

    July 20, 2014 at 10:36 am

    The story says the mayor stated the young man was tryna run over the constable, was the mayor in the car as well? No! Another prime example of taking one person words over the other, in every city, state legalize crooks are allowed to shot, beat, kill any black individual at free will, this type of hate will continue until black people unite, stand firm together. These so called black leaders are a joke, they talk a good game but when it comes down to the game, they walk off the field saying choose your battles carefully then go back behind the sideline commentating about the should’ve
    could’ve would’ve of a mass situation of blacks being killed ay the hands of racist, bigot idiots, especially by these pigs.

  3. Robeana thomas

    July 20, 2014 at 11:21 am

    The comments that I’ve read hit home except the one about a payment plan. I’ve lived in some of the most racist states (texas, mississippi, Florida etc) and the constables only serve papers for eviction and other matters not parking tickets! This young man may never walk again but he’s going to need extensive therapy and the bill needs to be charged to the Mayor, District Attorney & the constable ‘ s office. That was no accident it was done on purpose and if Pa don’t get their stuff together it’s going to keep on happening. This isn’t the 50’s &60 ‘ s any more and he needs to be held accountable .

  4. David JB

    July 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    What kind of hack “reporting” is this? He was shot by a constable, not a police officer. This was copied from a local TV station website and whoever copied even changed the word “constable” to “police officer” as evidenced here:

    “District Attorney Jim Martin said the shooting could have been avoided if McCullers had entered into a payment plan, but also raised concerns about the training for elected constables in Pennsylvania.”

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  5. Yosef ben Israel

    July 20, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Although this is clearly an over reaction about some parking tickets, we, as Black people must understand that this nation is going back in time to “open season on all Black people”.

    No, we are not being lynched by the KKK today. They now wear suits and sit in the Mayor’s office and their half-wit offspring have been appointed “peace officers” with a license to kill.

    Wake up and smell the coffee! Understand the stream of time we are living in today. Even Yahshua (aka Jesus) cautioned his people to be cautious and peaceable. What he taught was not well received by the power elite.

    Black people are not well like by the power elite and are to be killed at every opportunity. Don’t you get it? Use a little common sense.
    Shalom family.

  6. Butch

    July 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    First off why r u even attempting to drive with 38 outstanding moving violations? U put urself at risk. The officer needs to be terminated, plain and simple. This situation is gonna cost tax payers big time. All because two people aren’t thinking clearly.

  7. tootuffjones

    July 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Greetings my brothers and sisters,

    I have often been puzzled by the way our people are treated here in OUR country. What is really difficult for me to understand is how easily we can be distracted by (what I believe to be) well meaning comments that simply serve to misdirect our attention to the matters at hand.

    In this case let’s go back to the matter at hand: A man is shot by police for not answering for his civil disobedience, ignoring a city/village ordinance! This a clear case of police violating his civil rights and is a criminal offense. Moreover, it appears to have been done under the color of authority of law. Agree?

    Now, let’s look at the response from the District Attorney admitting this was a broad over reach. Yes he attempted to offer some excuse and we know that’s wrong but, he is on the record saying this happened and is not the punishment the violation calls for from any civilized country. Further, I think the response could display a cry for help from the D.A. since his oath of office requires him to prosecute crime occurring anywhere, by anyone is his jurisdiction which he clearly is not doing here and we all know why.

    Finally, can we look at the response from the masses, noting that it’s all primarily focused on the response from the D.A. and asking the President and God to take care of what is clearly our civic responsibility. In case I missed it here is what I was hoping to see:

    1) A mass assembly and march on local and state officials
    2) A reach out to civic organizations for support
    3) A demand for both state and federal investigations into the assault
    4) A reward set up for factual information leading the discovery of the facts surrounding the Assault occurrence
    5) Pledges to register to vote (in mass) and draft and support candidates who will work to hire train and support law enforcement agents and agencies who will , not pledge but actually respect, the rights of those they have taken a sworn oath to serve and protect.
    6) Any indication, that we understand the way civil liberty violations are address in a representative government such as the one we exist under.

    What I saw was the comments being diverted to the mental capacity (questionable or not) of the district attorney which leaves us free to go on about our daily lives and await the next shooting where we can come back together and attach another straw dog…

    Don’t worry if we continue down the current path there will soon be no one to complain to here either and I’ll best we then wish we taking time out from the various ball games, tournaments, and parties to participate in the most important activity in our world.

    PARTICIPATING IN OUR COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT AND FINDING A VILLAGE TO HELP RAISE OUR CHILDREN TO RESPECT OUR LAWS AND NOT THINK IT WILL NOT MATTER. As we can plainly see now it provided the excuse to be on someone’s door step with a gun and attempt to kill him for amassing the horrible crime of earning 38 parking tickets. While we take this valuable space to discuss the response from the D.A.’s office. Need I say more?


  8. Phyllis Harris

    July 26, 2014 at 2:00 am

    I would like to know how many white males have been shot because of parking tickets and selling cigarettes. Perhaps someone can do some research on that.

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