Police State/Civil Liberties

Photos of dead police officer posted outside Tennessee farm

One of the graphic images posted on the Houston brothers’ property (Saul Young/Knoxville News Sentinel/AP)

Two brothers who shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy have placed photos of the slain lawman outside the entrance of their farm, calling it a “warning” to other law enforcement officials.

The Associated Press reports that the photos show the “bullet-riddled bodies” of Roane County Deputy Bill Jones and ride-along Mike Brown, who were shot and killed on May 11, 2006, after arriving at the home of Rocky Houston to deliver an arrest warrant.

“It goes without saying that any public display on their own property of these photos in whatever manner by the Houstons is despicable and certainly runs counter to the Houstons’ claims of innocence,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said in a news release.

However, it also appears that the sign is perfectly within the Houstons’ First Amendment rights.

“We are trying to report federal crimes, and we feel like our plea has fallen on deaf ears,” Rocky Houston told AP.

Rocky and Leon Houston were acquitted of murder charges when prosecutors were unable to prove that they fired first after Jones and Brown entered their property. The Houston brothers insist that the two men showed up to kill them and opened fire without warning.

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Here’s some more info on this from Leon Houston himself.

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