Man held for shooting Mississippi officers in traffic stop had criminal past …

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2 Police Lives Lost Are the Focus in Mississippi.

Youlander Ross, right, mother of slain Hattiesburg Police Officer Liquori Tate, is embraced by an officer after a vigil service Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. HATTIESBURG, Miss. – By the time a single bagpiper marched to the front of Hattiesburg Hall on Monday afternoon, scores of law enforcement officers from across Mississippi had lined the room’s walls in a local convention center. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Officers Benjamin Deen and Tate following a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. His girlfriend and brother are charged as accessories and a friend faces an obstruction charge. “He was sick and out of his head and I tried to get him some help,” she said on the steps of the Forrest County Courthouse, where she had gone to find out more information about her sons’ arrest.

Phil Bryant, a former sheriff’s deputy. “They made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the people of this city — some they did not and would not ever know — because it was their job. Banks and another man identified as Cornelius Clark were passengers in a Hyundai that Deen stopped for speeding, said Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain. Dwayne Higgason, a volunteer chaplain for the Hattiesburg Police Department, suggested police officers were sometimes being criticized the way soldiers were during the Vietnam War. “I believe the average person in America loves and supports police officers,” Higgason said in an interview after the service. “But it’s silent support, and I believe the time for silent support has passed. It was standing room only inside the Lake Terrace Convention Center’s main room, with family, community members and law enforcement personnel spilling out and filling the lobby. “The parking lot was full a half-hour before this event,” said Robert Press, University of Southern Mississippi political science associate professor. “Black, white — the whole community comes together.

Mary Smith said her son smoked synthetic marijuana known as ‘‘spice’’ daily and had been hearing voices ever since he was attacked and hit in the head with a pipe several years ago. Deen, who died after a shooting during a May 9 traffic stop. (Photo: Eli Baylis, Hattiesburg American, Eli Baylis/Hattiesburg (Miss.) American) “Police officers are not allowed to grow weary. In their initial court appearance Monday, Forrest County Justice Court Judge Gay Polk-Payton denied bond to Marvin Banks, who was convicted of a felony in 2010 for possession of a stolen gun.

But they were quick to recall biographical details about the officers, like that Officer Deen was a married father of two who had patrolled with a police dog, or that Officer Tate had become a police officer less than a year ago. However, both Banks brothers were on bond for 2013 drug charges at the time of their arrest, and Polk-Payton revoked those bonds, meaning Curtis Banks is also likely to remain in jail.

At midmorning on Monday, a contingent of Hattiesburg firefighters fastened a fire service shirt to the fence, and on the ground, small wooden crosses carried the names of the officers and a simple tribute: “Served with honor.” A corresponding tone seemed to course through Hattiesburg, from wealthy neighborhoods to communities that residents and business owners described as blighted and troubled. Although the Police Department here has been the subject of sporadic criticism through the years, many residents said that the ties between officers and the neighborhoods they patrolled were amiable.

Year after year, they said, they watched as officers died elsewhere in places like Jackson, the state capital, or New Orleans, the gritty metropolis to the southwest. “This is Hattiesburg,” said Melvin Harrison, a barber whose shop is across James Street from police headquarters. “Nobody expects that. She said after Curtis’ arrest, he complained to her that officers had kicked him repeatedly, stripped him of his clothes and were holding him in cold cell. The mother said officers often stop young black men without cause in Hattiesburg, sometimes simply to ask them what they are doing. “The way police here in Hattiesburg harass young black men, you could tell something was going to happen, but I never thought it would be my sons,” she said. But he returned to prison after violating terms of his release and faced a pending indictment on drug charges when the car he was riding in was stopped. Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home said the 34-year-old Deen, a former Hattiesburg “Officer of the Year” who was married and had two children, will be buried Thursday after a funeral in nearby Sumrall.

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