Monroe Bird Shot And Paralyzed By Security Guard

By on May 19, 2015
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Monroe Bird Shot And Paralyzed By Security Guard

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Its difficult to figure out which is worse to endure, dying as a victim of police brutality, or living through it only to be paralyzed for life and to watch other young Blacks die at the hands of the police.

The latter is currently what Monroe Bird III, a 21-year-old Black male from Tulsa, OK. Mr. Bird was shot in the neck by a security guard named Ricky Stone on Wednesday, Feb. 4 while sitting in his car. He was seen chatting with a white female passenger at the time and was unarmed. Bird’s injuries now leave him a quadriplegic for the rest of his life and he has to use a ventilator to breath. Ricky Stone claims that he shot Bird in self-defense after the young man backed up his car to hit Stone.

 

Benjamin Crump, the former lawyer for Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin’s families is now one of the lawyers representing Monroe Bird’s relatives. Crump and local Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons have asked the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office to reconsider its previous decision not to charge Stone in the shooting.

District Attorney responded by arguing that as long as a citizen feels like his safety is at risk, he can do want he feels necessary to defend himself.

 

The girl seen speaking with Bird in his car was 15 years old at the time of the incident. She fled the scene during the ordeal but was later interviewed by police. Stone fired three shots into the car and he claims that Bird was fleeing when Stone fired the rounds.

 

However, there are a few holes in Stone’s story that challenge his credibility and highlight the issues now faced by Bird’s family:

 

1) Faulty Defense Claim

Stone argued that he shot in self-defense because Bird started driving away, but if Monroe Bird were in fact driving away as he said, Stone wouldn’t have had anything to defend himself from. Crump also argues that forensic evidence refutes Stone’s claims, as it was impossible for the car to have landed where it did once Bird was shot and immediately paralyzed.

 

2) Stone’s Drug Possession

Stone had marijuana in his possession at the time of the shooting. He denied using it then, but possession of narcotics is an automatic misdemeanor in Oklahoma and he was never cited for it.

 

3) Faulty Gun Reference

Stone maintains that Monroe Bird reached over to the glove compartment for a weapon but there was neither a gun in the car nor any significant items in the glove compartment when Bird once the car was examined after the shooting.

 

4) Discrepancy Over Sexual Activity

Stone claimed that he thought Bird and the passenger were engaging in sexual relations in the vehicle and prompted him to approach the car. Both Bird and the passenger denied those claims.

 

5) History of Excessive Force

Stone’s employer answers to Tulsa’s Sheriff Department, a department that is already under fire for excessive force during the murder of Eric Harris.

 

6) Bird’s Denial of Medical Services

Monroe Bird has been denied insurance coverage for his condition because the district attorney argues the incident was solely Bird’s fault. Bird’s mother, Zondra Magness, has quit her job to help her son recover. He does not have the rehabilitative or nursing care that he should have, his home is not suitable for wheelchair access and he lives too far from a hospital if he were ever to require urgent medical care.

 

Bird’s family and lawyers are considering filing a civil suit. Bird was once a talented basketball player and is well-liked throughout the community.

 

During an appearance at a news conference, Bird’s older sister, Kiera Bird, said: “I’ve seen injustices like this in the news and around the country, but I never thought it could happen to my little brother…He just wants to walk again. He told me if he could just move his arms he’d be happy about that.”