Larry Bohannon – Some Might Call it Karma

After robbing a store at gunpoint and being chased by some area folks who wear badges, Larry Bohannon was shot and killed by police employees of Wahpole and/or Alstead, small towns in southwest New Hampshire, this past Friday.

That incident happened near to my location, as documented in a short video I posted YouTube.com/TheCopBlock about my attempt to learn why a number of vehicles with police decals had sped past my location. At the time, I concluded that the response was due to a bad traffic accident.

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Larry Bohannon

While that was true – there was a pickup truck on its side – the cause of the accident only later become evident: the vehicle had been involved in a police chase after its driver, Bohannon, had robbed 75-yo Nancy Staniszewski, who was managing Snow and Lear/Newton Business, an office supply store, a few miles away, across the Connecticut River in Vermont.

After the accident Bohannon was shot dead by a still unnamed shooter(s) for not complying. He allegedly remained in his vehicle for some time – I’ve been told at least 10-mintues but can’t verify.

Michael Delaney*, the New Hampshire “attorney general”, who has controlled the release of related information has not yet weighed-in on the number of shots fired or whether Bohannon fired.

Was Bohannon combative? Did he shoot at those with badges? Did he ditch his gun during the chase? Does any documentation exist to show either?

When I made my way to the scene it was almost 6pm – at least an hour after the gunfire was said to occur. One neighbor has noted that they heard a few shots, then a pause, then a number of shots. We’ll soon see what becomes the “official” story.

What I do know about Bohannon doesn’t bode well. A couple of years ago he was partly responsible for the caging of a Bob Constantine, a friend who grew marijuana on his Grafton, NH property to help treat his pain.

stop-snitching-larry-bohannon-copblockConstantine’s actions had harmed no way, yet Bohannon, his neighbor at the end of a dead-end road, snitched him out to help himself (Bohannon had again found himself under the sites of those in the “criminal justice system” –  he’d previously been convicted of kidnapping, an action that does have a victim, again, reinforcing the point that he’s not a character with good integrity).

Here’s an except from Constantine’s trial coverage, where Bohannon’s testified:

And Bohanen [sic] denied ever having taking pictures on Bob’s property and sharing them with those who wear badges. Bohanen [sic]was very evasive, replying most often with “I don’t remember” or “I plead the fifth” (referencing text on a piece of paper that some believe is magic). Yet even the man in the robe noted that the he couldn’t “pled the fifth” since it wasn’t applicable since answering Bob’s question “didn’t expose him to criminal liability.” Thanks to Bohanen’s [sic]flip-flops Bob asked him “Are you aware of the penalty for perjury?” which only caused him to squirm even more, at one point even asking to speak to a lawyer.

Pierce’s follow-up of Bohanen [sic]was nothing but distraction. She essentially brought up every piece of evidence (which, except for some seeds in a pill container, was never shown outside it’s evidence packaging) and asked the snitch if they belonged to him. Hopefully the jury wasn’t impressed because I wasn’t. When Bohanen [sic] was dismissed, the bulk of us in the audience stood up and turned around – communicating our appreciation of his actions.

Did the Alstead and/or Walpole police employees who took Bohannon’s life act appropriately? It’s tough to know with the information available.

What I do know is that I can’t personally dig into every police shooting and that I’d much prefer to allocate my scarce resources to helping someone I know to be a good person, rather than someone who has proven to be a kidnapper, snitch, and armed robber.

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*Delaney is the same individual who, in May of 2011, said that the four individuals who beat-up Chris Micklovich weren’t to be charged. Those four individuals happened to wear “Manchester Police” badges, which caused myself and a few dozen others to attend a police accountability rally. After a friend chalked on south side of the then-Manchester headquarters, “How many has Manch PD killed?” individuals wearing “Manchester Police” badges, including one involved in the beating of Micklovich, stole cameras and phones (lost mine) and caged eight people calling for accountability. Apparently though, Delaney can’t always set the reality about a situation as a couple of weeks ago a it was announced that a 200,000-FRN settlement was to be given to Micklovich by the “city of Manchester” (aka residents).

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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.