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Devoted Father and Marine Shot Dead in Front of Daughters at School: Marines Stand Up for Him

Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. has received the backing of Marines after being shot and killed by police in front of his two young daughters.   Speaking publicly about such a case is against military tradition, but Loggins’ commanding officer at Camp Pendleton could not help but to challenge civilian authorities in their assessment of what happened to Sgt. Loggins.

Sgt. Loggins has been described by friends as a devout Christian who was deeply devoted to his pregnant wife and three children.

But the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs has a different story to tell.  They say that Loggins drove his car through a gate at the San Clemente High School at 4:30 am and then got out while his 9 and 14-year old daughters were heard screaming in the SUV.   The police say that the girls told police that their father had been acting strangely, with this happening as their dad was standing in a field yelling odd statements.

Sgt. Loggins allegedly returned to the truck and was warned not to start it.   When he ignored the warning, the deputy says that he was forced to shoot him to protect the children.

Sgt. Loggins’ commanding officer, Col. Nicholas Marano, said this to the media: “While I am confident they will do the right thing in the end, I am less than satisfied with the official response from the City of San Clemente and Orange County. Many of the statements made concerning Manny Loggins’ character over the past few days are incorrect and deeply hurtful to an already grieving family.”

Sgt Loggins’ supervisor, Maj Christopher Cox, said Col Marano’s statement received support from the military:

“We’re glad he stepped up and made a statement over the way this has been handled,” he said.

“Everybody reads the report presented by the Orange County officials. Obviously it contradicts what we know to be the case about him. He was involved with his family. His relationship with his daughters was fantastic. They were a close family. To paint it any other way is not right.”

Tom Dominguez, president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, issued this statement: “Our statement was about the events of the morning of February 7, 2012 and nothing more. We issued the facts not a commentary on the character of any individual in this case. We await the results of the independent investigation.”

Sgt. Loggins, who enlisted in the Marines in 1998, is described as a humble, hard-working Marine who received several medals.   He was studying to be a nurse and volunteered at several nursing homes.  Maj. Cox said that he worked with Sgt. Loggins daily, and there were no signs of trouble.

“Everybody wants closure but that’s difficult to do without information. It’s made it even more difficult over the fact that it was a shooting by a law enforcement officer,” Maj Cox said.

“It doesn’t add up for a lot of people here.”


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26 comments

  1. It saddens me because of the life that was taken but whites in this country will continue to kill black men in this manner until we stop killing each other and unite to help one another.

  2. klan policeman same same

  3. Here is another classic example of police klling black folk…

  4. Alfreada Brown-Kelly

    Unbelievable!

  5. must cops that are white are afraid! SO THEY RESORT TO WHAT COMES NATURAL! SHOOT FIRST ASK QUESTIONS LATER!ALL COPS NO MATTER WHAT THEIR RACE IS NEED TO GO THREW EMOTIONAL MENTAL FEAR CHECK EVALUATION!

    • Is there someone reading this blog. that has something to add other then ranting about something that most of us know and is being said,over and over and over again and again and again.

  6. How is this suppose to work? Would the land of the 5 states become a nation, separate from the other 45 states and will we be dependent on the US government for support. who can we get to represent us.

  7. Whether you a president or a marine in 2012 you are still a nigger to white american. Their must be a end to this madness. Separation is the only way ,5 southern state is all we want SC,GA,AL,MS,LA as a homeland for black people as reparations of the black holacaust we are still going through.

  8. @ Danette Chavis..What you say is probably right on point. The problem I have with the article is that the unnamed author is assumed to have interviewed the people he/she quoted but there is no indication that the author made contact wit anybody. Is this gossip based on a real incident? or just sloppy reporting to incite the readers. It doesn’t need a final investigation to have a followup on the story.

  9. @NICHOLAS MORE THAN LIKELY, THERE IS NO “FOLLOW UP” DUE TO THE FAILURE OF POLICE TO DISCLOSE ANYTHING FURTHER. I’M SURE WE ALL AGREE 16 DAYS IS A LONG TIME TO WAIT PENDING AN “INVESTIGATION”. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS POLICE ANSWER TO “NO ONE” OR AT LEAST, NOT UNTIL THEIR “GOOD AND READY”. GOOD AND READY MEANS, THEY’VE COME UP WITH “JUSTIFICATION” FOR THEIR MURDER AND ARE NOW “READY” TO PRESENT THE FACTS IN A WAY WHICH “JUSTIFY’S” THEIR ACTION. IN NEW YORK, IT IS NEARLY 30 DAYS SINCE POLICE WERE VIDEO TAPED FOLLOWING A MAN INTO HOME AND WHEN THEY COULDN’T GET IN, THEY PROCEEDED TO “KICK THE DOOR IN”. ONCE THEY GOT IN, THEY WENT UPSTAIRS, PASSED HIS GRANDMOTHER AND WAITED FOR HIM TO COME OUT OF THE BATHROOM. WHEN HIS PARTNERS ARRIVED THEY YELLED “GUN”..”GUN” AND WHEN THE 18 YEAR OLD OPEN THE BATHROOM DOOR – THEY SHOT HIM AND KILLED HIM. NO “GUN” WAS FOUND. THEY FOLLOW THE YOUNG MAN HOME BECAUSE HE “TUGGED AT HIS WAISTBAND” AND WAS THOUGHT TO HAVE “GUN”. THEY ENTERED A “PRIVATE HOME” WITH NO WARRANT. AND THE INSTANT THEY SAW HIM AS HE EXITED THE BATHROOM, SHOT HIM AND “KILLED HIM” IN FRONT OF HIS GRANDMOTHER. NO “CHARGES” OF ANY KIND HAVE BEEN MADE AGAINST THESE OFFICERS, EITHER “CRIMINAL” OR “DEPARTMENTAL”. FOR THEY CLAIM, THE MATTER IS YET “UNDER INVESTIGATION”. IT’S NEARLY 30 DAYS, AND THEY ARE “YET” INVESTIGATING. SO, UNLESS SOME “ENTITY” HAVING THE POWER TO MAKE POLICE ACT IN ACCORDANCE TO “LAW” AND EXACT “PUNISHMENT” AGAINST THOSE OFFICERS WHO “BREAK THE LAW” – WE’LL ALL JUST HAVE TO “WAIT” TIL THEY GET “GOOD AND READY” TO PRESENT THEIR “JUSTIFICATION” FOR “KILLING A MAN” WHO WAS “UNARMED” AND POSED “NO THREAT” WHAT SO EVER.

  10. 2 daughters that have now just been left fatherless because of the faulty judgment of a police officer. Irrelevant of whether or not the father did not follow instructions of the police, there are steps between warnings and fatal force. Force of this magnitude is only justified if the officer’s life is in danger and outside of that, it is uncalled for.
    In situations as this though… communities need to band together and get officers fired and sentenced for things of such nature. This is completely outrageous.

  11. Devoted Father and Marine Shot Dead in Front of Daughters at School: Marines Stand Up for Him

    The headline for this story is very sensational, and has drawn some strong comments. To allow this story to sit without followup is irresponsible reporting. It has been 16 days since the incident, has the story developed beyond what has been reported on this blog.,or is this just gossip.

  12. I am so angry I can hardly type. I’ll make it short and to the point. I despise police officers (especially white police officers) These 2 girls are now fatherless because of these butt holes. This was totally uncalled for. I am willing to bet that this killing will be (or has been) justified and life for them will continue as usual.

    Dirty bastards.

  13. Tires of police using deadly force on my brothers

  14. @Franklin: He wasn’t just a Marine. He was first and foremost just another black guy. And we all know that cops NEVER get in trouble for killing black guys! So why not ‘shoot first’ before contemplating any other choice? As a cop I’m sure he knows that it will all blow over after a few weeks.

    There won’t be any marching, no singing, no ongoing news coverage. It’s just another case out of thousands of black men being recklessly killed by cops.

  15. you have the right to remaind silence anything you say or do will/may be used against you
    is this a moment to teach our kids to respect the law and freeze when order/ask to stop
    is it ok for me as a person of color to teach my kids
    that the police is their friend and obey the law and be certain that when called upon the officer will
    serve and protect

    • As African Americans we must teach our children both. Then we must teach them that Law enforcement worldwide has little or no respect for us.

  16. This has got to stop! This young man of African Descent was “Shot and Killed”. This was a young man who was in the United States Militiary. This was a young man who not only made the decision to protect this country, he also took a oath to protect those who do not like him because of his skin color ( racist ). The white sheriff or whom ever shot this young man shot down a man who was protecting them from harm. Those in the militiary should receive the same rights as police officers. If you kill or harm a police officer you face death or life imprisonment. When you are a member of the militiary you are protecting the whole United States, even these no good bigot police officers. The investigation shall not go unresolved. The militiary needs to step in and protect their own just as the police chief does for his officers. May sincereity goes out to the young mans children and family.

  17. Solution:

    Listen up, aren’t Police officers bonded and produce affidavits of oath to uphold something? Are not police officers insured by the Private company / corporations who employ them? How long do you think an insurance company will keep someone (hint) on the books if multiple claims were being filed against the individual? This is a commercial plantation and the solution to stop the attacks comes from a commercial remedy. Counter-claim them an move on the individuals commercial capacity to serve through insurance claims and other commercial collateral attacks, the physical attacks will stop. Can you imagine having the knowledge to sue an officer in his private capacity for wrong doing? How do you think an officer would keep up his or her’s agressive behavior if they knew that they could be sued in there personal capacity? This technique and others that we share stops the Bull-Sh__ fast. Remove the emotions from your commercial relationships and watch remedy follow.

    My people are destroyed for there lack of knowledge……………..Hose:4-6

    Knowledge is worth more than gold.

    P.S. Check http://www.manta.com, and do a search for your local Police department, this is a great start.

    Peace

    Jakada, Transient Foreigner

  18. Kudos to the Marines for standing by a fallen brother. Semper fi!

  19. To shoot a father to death in order to protect his daughters? That is preposterous, laughable, and stupid. Where else could such sensless Police take place? – within the African American community.

    • I hope u negros learn a lesson from that nonsense no matter how much u serve this country they still see u as n*ggers. This is not the last black person they will shoot sooner or later it will be me or u.

  20. I’m so sick of this! I’m not being cynical in any way, however, why is it that most times a person of color is endangering someone or so the cops say, the first response is to pull out the guns. What happened to using non-lethal force. If the guns are warranted, it is a different story. In this case, the cops seemed to have [as commonly practiced] over-reacted.

  21. Wow! I can understand the police being concerned about the kids. But shoot out the tires of the SUV. Use a taser on the man and get him under control. How do you go from behaving strangely in a field to being shot dead? Police have got to get some additional training to deal with these types of psychological issues.

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