..."with similar biracial background."
[quick rundown: perp murdered White cop w/ 2 kids/wife, wounded his female partner who lit him up as tried to flee. Was located 7 days later: ran from cops, was boxed in, produced weapon, was shot in back of head and in back]
Speaking of grassroots terrorism, if the Seattle police are right, a man now in critical condition who was shot and arrested earlier today for the assassination-style killing of a Seattle police officer was waging a terrorist campaign of his own (with at least one accomplice) against the city’s police department. According to police, Christopher Monfort, an Obama-lookalike with a similar biracial background, is also a suspect in an arson case involving the torching of several police vehicles at a motor pool. The arsonist left a note promising to kill police officers. Monfort is a University of Washington graduate and sometime activist:
Monfort received a bachelor’s degree from the UW in March 2008, according to the university’s degree-validation Web site. His major was in Law, Societies and Justice.
Last year, Monfort belonged to the McNair Scholars Program, part of the university’s office of Minority Affairs and Diversity. The program aims to steep undergraduate students in sophisticated research, preparing them for graduate work.
Monfort provided this title for his project with the McNair program: “The Power of Citizenship Your Government Doesn’t Want You to Know About: How to Change the Inequity of the Criminal Justice System Immediately, Through Active Citizen Nullification of Laws, As a Juror.”
In an abstract of his project, Monfort said he planned to “illuminate and further” the scholarship of Paul Butler, a law professor at George Washington University. Butler is a proponent of jury nullification, a controversial principle whereby jurors feel free to disregard a judge’s instructions and acquit a defendant no matter the strength of the evidence.
Butler has argued that such nullification may be particularly appropriate in cases where black defendants are charged with nonviolent crimes.
“It is the moral responsibility of black jurors to emancipate some guilty black outlaws,” Butler wrote in a 1995 Yale Law Journal article, adding: “My goal is the subversion of American criminal justice, at least as it now exists.”
update II: Seattle police now claim to have found bomb-making materials and more evidence linking Monfort to the arson and the murder, and have declared him a “domestic terrorist.”
"and is also a suspect in the Oct. 22 firebombing of seven Seattle police vehicles."
Seattle police: Suspect in slaying of officer is 'lone domestic terrorist'November 8, 2009 12:05 a.m. EST
Officer Tim Brenton, who was gunned down on October 31, was laid to rest Friday in Seattle, Washington.STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Suspect identified as Christopher Monfort, who was wounded by officers Friday
The 41-year-old suspect remained hospitalized in serious condition on Saturday
Monfort is suspected in the October 31 slaying of Officer Tim Brenton
Police also suspect Monfort in earlier bombings of of four police vehicles
(CNN) -- A suspect in the shooting of a Seattle, Washington, police officer is also believed to be behind the bombing of four police cars, Seattle Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said at a press conference Saturday.
Christopher Monfort, 41, remained hospitalized in serious condition after being shot by officers during a confrontation Friday.
"This man, from everything that we can tell, appears to be a lone domestic terrorist," Pugel said.
Monfort was in custody at the hospital, but no charges had yet been filed, a Seattle police spokeswoman told CNN. Charges could be filed as early as Monday, she said.
Police named Monfort as a suspect in the Halloween night killing of Officer Tim Brenton, who was shot while sitting in his patrol car. A student officer was injured in the attack.
Investigators also suspect Monfort in the October 22 arson of four police vehicles with homemade explosives, Pugel said.
On Friday, a tipster alerted police to the owner of a Datsun 210 who covered his car shortly after the shooting, Pugel said.
While detectives walked near the residence, they came across Monfort, and after a brief questioning, Monfort pulled out a gun and aimed it at one of the officers, police said.
Monfort pulled the trigger, and when the gun didn't go off, began to run, Pugel said.
When Monfort turned around toward the police with the weapon again, the officers fired, he said.
The local sheriff's department would investigate the officer-involved shooting.
Investigators found improvised explosive devices and two weapons, including a military assault rifle, inside Monfort's apartment, Pugel said. The suspect's car had not yet been searched.
Brenton, 39, a field training officer, was reviewing details of a traffic stop with student officer Brit Sweeney Saturday night when a vehicle rolled up next to the squad car shortly after 10 p.m., authorities said
Several shots were fired into the squad car, killing Brenton and injuring Sweeney, according to police.
The shooting was the first intentional homicide of a city police officer since 1994, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels said.
Brenton was married with two children, 11 and 8.
He served on the force for nine years, police said. His father and uncle are retired Seattle police officers.
UPDATE: Police Shoot Christopher Monfort, Cop-Shooting Suspect; Attended HCC, Considered “Lone Domestic Terrorist”3 Comments
UPDATE Sat. 11/7/09: The Seattle Police Department released more information Saturday about Christopher J. Monfort, the suspect shot Friday in Tukwila after being approached about his car, a Datsun B-210 that matched a vehicle seen near the scene of Officer Timothy Brenton’s death on Halloween.
He was shot on the scene and is currently in serious condition and in custody at Harborview Medical Center.
According to the latest reports, Monfort’s apartment had a cache of weapons, including bomb-making materials. He is now believed to have “worked alone” in the fatal shooting of Officer Brenton, and is also a suspect in the Oct. 22 firebombing of seven Seattle police vehicles.
Monfort once attended Highline Community College in Des Moines.
Here’s the release:
On the afternoon of November 6th , 2009, Seattle Police Homicide detectives received a tip about a Datsun 210 matching the description of a possible suspect vehicle used in the slaying of Officer Tim Brenton. Detectives responded to a parking lot in the 13700 block of 56th Avenue South in Tukwila. While detectives were investigating the scene further an adult male suspect emerged and pointed a gun at them. Detectives fired on the suspect in self defense, striking him at least once. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. No detectives were injured.
The Tukwila Police Department is handling the crime scene investigation and the King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is conducting the officer-involved shooting investigation.
SPD detectives obtained search warrants to further examine the crime scene. Evidence located inside the suspect’s apartment included improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a rifle, and various other items of evidence. Detectives now believe that this individual is responsible for both the murder of Officer Brenton, the attempted murder of Officer Sweeney, and the arson attack on October 22nd at the Charles Street facility. Detectives are asking the Prosecutor’s Office for formal charges. The Datsun that detectives were looking for is registered to the suspect. Our investigation into the murder of Officer Tim Brenton and attempted murder of Officer Britt Sweeney continues and we are still receiving and following up on tips. We have received numerous tips from the public and we encourage everyone to continue to call us with any information they may have regarding this investigation.
PREVIOUSLY: Friday afternoon (Nov. 6th), shortly after Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton’s memorial concluded, a suspect named Christopher J. Monfort was shot outside his apartment building in Tukwila, prompting a massive outpouring of police to the area.
Police were apparently serving a search warrant on Monfort, 41, when he pulled out a weapon. He was shot on the scene and is currently under custody at Harborview Medical Center.
Monfort apparently attended Highline Community College in Des Moines, where he ran for student office in 2003.
According to HCC’s “Thunderword” student newspaper dated Nov. 20, 2003 (PDF link to issue), Monfort’s platform was:
“Christopher Monfort said he’s running to make the student body more aware of the civil liberties lost under the Patriot Act and the current political administration (Bush).
Monfort said students should vote for him because he actually cares about the world and wants to make a positive change.”
Monfort also studied law enforcement issues at the University of Washington.
Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed as he sat in his patrol car with an officer-trainee after a traffic stop on Capitol Hill on Oct. 31. Thousands of officers from around the country attended a memorial Friday afternoon for him at KeyArena in Seattle.
Christopher Monfort, Suspect in Murder of Officer Tim Brenton, Wanted to Be a Cop
By Caleb Hannan in Crime & PunishmentSunday, Nov. 8 2009 @ 1:24PM
Christopher Monfort as a UW scholar in 2008.
UPDATE: Some officers think the department didn't give them enough warning prior to Brenton's murder. Details after the jump.
Thanks to the hard work of reporters at the Seattle Times and P-I, we now know a lot more about Christopher Monfort, the 41-year-old Tukwila man suspected of killing Officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween night. And the more we learn, the more Monfort lines up with the profile provided by Seattle police on Thursday: a man who both acts like, and admires, the police officer he gunned down.
The paper-trail left behind by Monfort suggests a man whose idealism may have soured over time into disillusionment. Rosemary Stevens rented a room to Monfort 18 years ago in Pasadena. The actress tells the P-I that while he was working as a waiter in a steakhouse, Monfort's dream was to wear a badge for the L.A.P.D.
Monfort at UW showing his project on the controversial theory of "jury nullification."
Monfort's story picks up again in 2004, when he was studying in the administration of justice program at Highline Community College. Garry Wegner is the program's coordinator and Monfort's former adviser. The program is often used as a training ground for future cops, but Wegner says police work was no longer Monfort's goall.
Wegner says Monfort told him he "wanted to make a difference in society" so he suggested law school. Monfort earned his bachelors in Law, Societies and Justice at the University of Washington in March of 2008. Afterwards, he applied for a minority scholars program, a natural pre-cursor to graduate school, and listed Wegner as his inspiration.
"You've shaken me to my toes," Wegner told a Times reporter when told of his former proteges arrest.
While in the UW scholarship program, Monfort focused on the work of Paul Butler, a law professor at George Washington University. Butler is a proponent of a controversial tactic known as jury nullification, whereby a jury can ignore a judge's instructions and acquit defendants, especially black defendants convicted of a non-violent crime, no matter how strong the case against them.
"It is the moral responsibility of black jurors to emancipate some guilty black outlaws," Butler wrote in a 1995 Yale Law Journal article, adding: "My goal is the subversion of American criminal justice, at least as it now exists."
As the Times reports, Monfort, who is half-black, wrote in his project abstract that he wished to "illimunate and further" Butler's scholarship.
Wegner is the last person quoted to have spoken at length with Monfort. He says they touched base five or six months ago. Monfort was "driving truck" and volunteering his Friday's at a juvenile detention center.
According to a police source, Monfort was said to have been laid off recently from a job as a security guard or private investigator. He has no known felony history. But in the last two years, Monfort was cited for three traffic infractions, including driving without insurance on October 16th, roughly two weeks before the shooting.
On October 22nd, four police vehicles went up in flames at a maintenance yard near Qwest Field. Investigators later revealed that a note threatening police officers, a pipe bomb and anti-police-brutality fliers were found at the scene. Police are now saying Monfort is suspected of that arson as well.
Attempts to reach Monfort's mother Suzan have thus far been unsuccessful. But the Times did speak with Vicki Malone, her business partner in a Curves in Bethel, Alaska, who said that Suzan was on her way to Seattle to check on the condition of her only child.
Monfort was upgraded from critical to serious condition this morning at Harborview. He was shot in the head yesterday after pulling a gun on officers attempting to talk to him outside his Tukwila apartment. More information as it comes.
UPDATE: The search also turned up evidence that a police source told the Times may be connected to the October 22nd arson at a police maintenance yard that torched three squad cars.
UPDATE: Police say an American flag was recovered from both the shooting and the arson.
So even before Monfort was a suspect, police had good reason to suspect the same man was behind both crimes. Police also found two rifles inside Monfort's apartment. Including one "military-style" assault rifle that may have been used in the shooting.
UPDATE: Seattle Crime reports that there's tension between the rank-and-file and the higher-ups at the police department.
One officer who Jonah Spangenthal-Lee spoke with was frustrated that the note threatening the lives of police officers found at the October 22nd arson wasn't made public. He told Lee that normally after such information is shared, officers avoid doing routine traffic stops or pulling over on the side of the road, the same position Officer Brenton was in when he was murdered.
Department spokesman Sean Whitcomb says that the break-in at the police maintenance yard should have been enough to put officers on alert. And in the comments, Lee says he agrees.
"Realistically, threats are very easy to make, and often cause a sense of alarm in the target population that is disproportionate to the actual amount of risk presented," he says. "Taking every threat to the police seriously may well entail constant panic among the rank and file, creating a lot of unnecessary stress and ulcers."
Naveed Haq was actually the first (difference being the victim-an 'unimportant' civilian, not The Untouchables), and ahmed rassam was caught at the border, preventing his 'martyrdom'.
known so far:
1. cop killer
2. bomb maker
3. affirmative action lover ("minority affairs and diversity program")
4. justice system reform activist with obvious bias against Whites (his hero Butler wanted to "dismantle the American Justice System as we know it.")
5. Volunteered with the ACLU
6. his family lives in ultra-liberal Denver,CO
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