Monday, July 6, 2009

Trey Joyner's Shrine- "Damn, I Miss My Dawg"














This shrine is built in memory of Trey Joyner, who was shot by Park Police officers in the 1200 block of Holbrook Street NE, Washington, DC on June 8, 2009. A small shrine on a tree is near the larger shrine erected in the alley where he died. A notice posted by DC Public Works states the memorial will be removed on July 9th.

From Washington Post reports: The civil rights division of the Justice Department will look into the actions of a law enforcement task force in the recent killing of Trey Joyner, the weapons suspect who was shot by a U.S. Park Police officer in NE Washington. Six Park Police Officers have been placed on leave after this shooting in the Trinidad neighborhood.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), who met with Park Police Chief Sal Lauro on Monday, said the review will be an independent look at the controversial shooting.

The gunfire took place about 8:30 pm. June 8 in an alley near the 1200 block of Holbrook St NE, in the Trinidad area. Authorities have said that Park Police officers were part of an interagency task force that was responding to a report of a man with a gun. Plainclothes officers located Joyner, 25, and a struggle ensued when they tried to arrest him, leading to the shooting, authorities said.
The shot was fired by one of four Park Police officers on the FBI-led task force, officials said.

The shooting has angered many residents in Trinidad, a neighborhood that has been plagued by violent crime, because some witnesses said police chased Joyner and shot him in the back. Authorities have released few details, citing the continuing investigation.

They executed my son," said Walter Joyner, 56, as relatives photographed the bloodstains in the alley. "Why was the Park Police pursuing him?"

Relatives said that Trey Joyner was the second of five children and that he liked to tell jokes and was a sociable person.

Keith Jordan, 18, who was standing across the street when the shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. Monday, said that he saw the officers chase Joyner into the alley, briefly hold him and then let him go before shooting him in the back.

Of the Joyner case, Sgt. David Schlosser, a Park Police spokesman, said yesterday that four officers from the Park Police were among a group of plainclothes detectives who responded to a report of a man with a gun... "They somehow located the man with the gun. They followed him into an alley," Schlosser said. "While the arrest was being made, a struggle ensued. The suspect was shot."

Beverly Fields, spokeswoman for the D.C. medical examiner's office, said Joyner died of gunshot wounds and had injuries to the lungs, heart, liver and aorta.

A poem left at the shrine reads:
"Damn, I miss my Dawg

Many nights club hoppin...
Many nights blazin da tree...
They may have taken your body
But your memory lives on in me

R.I.P. Trey
August 1983 - June 2009"

6 comments:

plvision said...

Thank you for your unbiased reporting. Tha family thanks you. More information and updates can be found on facebook at the Citizen Against Deadly Force group page. Also, inquiries can be made at justicefortreyjoyner@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

of course such a one sided version. Im sure he was just your average "Law Abiding Citizen" minding his own business. Please....Im sure his rap sheet is a mile long.....

Anonymous said...

FIRST OFF HE WAS JUST LIKE ANY OTHER I KNEW HIM FIRST HAND AND A RAP SHEET HE DIDN'T HAVE I LIKE UR DAMN NERVE!!!!!! IT COULD'VE BEEN U DON'T SPEAK SO NEGATIVELY BCUZ THE DIRTY ASS CROOKED POLICE KILLED MY BABY!!!!!!! Mind ur business and keep ur negative comments to ur damn self

Anonymous said...

A regular guy with a regular job and was just minding his won business...tsk..tsk..of course he was shot for "Doing Nothing" because that is how it always is. YOU POINT A LOADED GUN IN A POLICE MANS FACE....you get what you deserve..and I too know this case very well....and yes he did have a record and Im not talking about a vinyl one....just hope if you are ever in need...the dirty ass crooked police are not too busy to help you..

Anonymous said...

First of all I was there the day he was killed and I know him very well. He never pointed anything at anyone the stories that people come up with are nothing like what really happened. So I ask that everyone show some respect for my uncle. And whether he had a record or not is irrelevant nobody deserves to be shot so you got balls for saying that. Watch your mouth and keep your negativity to yourself. Miss you Trey R.I.P.

Anonymous said...

The police wanted to question Mr. Joyner regarding a homicide and had credible information that he was armed. According to police and civilian witnesses, he had a loaded gun on him when the police approached him, and pointed the gun at the first detective who approached him.
The detectives shot Mr. Jaynor in self defense and in defense of the detective struggling with him.
Court records show Mr. Joyner had a history of offenses involving marijuana, cocaine, and fleeing police.
The Justice Department's report can be viewed here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/January/11-crt-124.html