“When they shot me I was backing up and stepped back and turned around and they shot."
Early in the morning of February 20th, Cleveland police shot a suspected heroin dealer, 36-year-old Corey Pope, at his apartment building at 12700 Fairhill Road in Shaker Heights. The bullet went through his arm and into his chest. We imagine it hurt.
Lt. Thomas Stacho, a police department spokesman, said that Pope tried to slam the door on the police, trapping one officer’s arm, so they popped his ass. (Stacho put it more diplomatically than that, but you get the drift.) ...
Pope has a history of drug-trafficking, according to police. Stacho explained how things went down to Channel 19 and the Plain Dealer.
But what about the heroin dealer’s feelings? Doesn’t anyone care what his side of the story is?
Probably not. But we thought we’d call him up anyway, on the off chance he might teach us some new slang words for weed, or maybe know where we could score a cool pager. Here’s his version of what went down:
“What happened was Cleveland police came to my house to execute a search warrant. I was lying in bed and heard a knock at my door. I got up from bed and hear the voice of the building manager. She’s a good woman, anything go wrong you call her. And so I opened the door and say hey what’s up. And I see she has a worried look. Then I see the police behind her. I begin to raise my hands, back up from the door and the police shoot me in the back. I black out, but the building manager, she screamed so bad I thought she was shot.
“I’m not going to lie and say I’m a good guy. But I got shot. And after they shoot me all they asking me was where the money was. The first official said I tried to slam through the door. But I was shot from behind. The bullet went into my arm and went through the chest. I was laying floor handcuffed for 20 minutes, with a bullet in the chest. I was in my pajamas, I just woke up.
“They didn’t find no money. Not a trace of drugs or anything was found. I didn’t have any guns or weapons. They said like I put up a fight. But I got no history of violence with police. Just theft, receiving stolen property.
“When they shot me I was backing up and stepped back and turned around and they shot intentionally. I was on the phone with a friend and she heard everything. She heard me yell, ‘Why did you shoot me?’ There’s a 911 record of it.
“Then came Shaker police force. They called in for an ambulance. The Cleveland police didn’t know where to take me. But Shaker took me to Huron hospital.
“I’ve never been shot. I was released on a bond last Saturday and I still don’t know what I’m charged with. I was in hospital for 11 days. They had me handcuffed to the bed. I’m hoping Cleveland will pay for the bills. I don’t have no money. I can barely afford my medication.
“Again, I will tell anybody that I’m not a choir [boy]. But I’ve never convicted of anything violent. I would have sat on the floor and let them search the place.
“I’m having nightmares. I’m now living in an undisclosed location.”
Pope appears before Cuyahoga Court this Friday at 9 a.m. – Bradley Campbell