Terrance Roberts: Police report says anti-gang activist shot man, yelled "F*ck that nigga"

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As we reported yesterday, Terrance Roberts, a former gang leader who'd transformed himself into an inspirational anti-gang activist, was arrested for a shooting at a Friday unity rally he'd planned.

We've now obtained the probable cause statement in the case (see it below), and in it, Roberts claims he acted in self-defense against "that nigga," Hasan "Munch" Jones, 22. However, witnesses maintain Roberts kept putting bullets into Jones even after he'd hit the ground.

To put it mildly, this portrait contradicts ones of Roberts that have previously appeared in this space -- a point made by Jonathan Shikes in yesterday's post. An excerpt:

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Terrance Roberts in a file photo from the time he was helping restore the area near the destroyed Holly Square Shopping Center.
"Terrance Roberts is one of Denver's great comeback stories," Westword's Joel Warner wrote back in January. "A one-time shot-caller in the Park Hill Bloods," Roberts, now 37, had turned his life around and founded the Prodigal Son Initiative, an anti-gang youth program in northeast Park Hill. When a 2008 gang-related arson attack destroyed the Holly Square Shopping Center, Roberts helped spearhead a rebirth that now includes a busy basketball court and the Boys & Girls Club.

The club opened in August inside a building at 34th Avenue and Holly Street that also houses the Prodigal Son Initiative.

One of Denver's great comeback stories -- and one its biggest enigmas.

The mystery deepens thanks to information in the aforementioned police report. At 6:03 p.m. on Friday, the document states, police officers were dispatched to the location noted above (official address: 3333 Holly Street) on a report of a shooting.

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A more recent portrait of Terrance Roberts.
Upon their arrival, the cops were directed to Roberts, who is said to have been armed with a semi-automatic handgun -- a weapon he allegedly shouldn't have been allowed to possess owing to his criminal history. The PC statement points out that he was previously convicted of felony aggravated robbery, and also has a record of "weapons-related charges," including a possession-of-a-weapon-by-a-previous-offender beef dating back to February 2001.

As the cops were taking the gun away from Roberts, a group of what are described as "suspected gang members" approached him. In response, Roberts is quoted as yelling, "I had to shoot that nigga. He pulled a knife on me.

"Fuck you all," he's said to have added. "You would have shot him, too. Fuck that nigga. I shot him for running up on me."

Continue for more about the arrest of Terrance Roberts, including another photo and the police report.


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Bradley Crable
Bradley Crable

Yeah what a shocker....LOL A shooting in Park Hill! Plus from an so called ex gang banger. WHAT A SHOCKER.... ~Please~

11er
11er

This was certainly the wrong move for T,R to make. It can be quite intimidating for someone to invade your personal space but to see a knife you have time to allieviate the problem in most cases. Dude should have thought about all of his accomplishments and not let the "kill da nigga syndrome" take effect. What a waste of people .....

striking
striking

Sad to see someone I have known for so long fall down to this act of turpitude. I will keep him in my prayers and hope he actually goes through a change in his soul and mind. Aside from the Nazi hate post those who care about Terrance and the victim in the shooting come to brother Jeff's culture house on Thursday as we try to make sense out of this tragedy. 


brendac_420
brendac_420

Where's the NRA standing up for him DEFENDING HIMSELF when he felt his life was in jeopardy? !!

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

Ps. How about we open a facility where we house these mother's sadness sons and let them shoot each other every, single day. At least in the 1700s in France a the challengers brought a 2nd. Gangs have no class.

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

Cn we start with an MRI of his brain and a psychological I want to understand. Was this a long term plan? Was he at all connected to the shootings in Denver in April? Rev Leon Kelly must be losing his hair - Kelly has worked for 40 yrs attempting to quell gang violence.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

I think the highlight is that he is accused of shooting someone.

stanley1
stanley1

Shocker. Next up, Westword article entitled "How the System Failed Terrance Roberts". Cue violins.

Dj-djohnson Theceo
Dj-djohnson Theceo

Wow, push a man till he's at his edge, then push some more and watch him fall....this dude did things that some of you only have the nerve to talk about "maybe" doing. Yet still, the highlight is that he has past charges, and what he said out of anger.....smh

James Gold
James Gold

Your headline stars out "fuck" but not "nigga?" lol

Alec Revelle
Alec Revelle

whats that old saying, you can take the man out of the ghetto but...

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@striking Thanks for the thoughtful post, striking. Much appreciated.

stanley1
stanley1

@brendac_420 Really this dense, huh? NRA is against convicted felons owning firearms. Wait....aren't ridiculous nanniest lib laws supposed to prevent shootings? What happened? Apparently criminals really don't subject themselves to background checks and other laws. Go figure.

brendac_420
brendac_420

That's because he is a POC. Terrance's record of good work in our community and wonderful outreach towards children doesn't come into play when its a person who isn't white. When you watch closely race in the main corporate media outlets, white people get a back story to make people empathize or relate to the circumstances that lead up to their "situations". However, when it is a POC, you only hear the negative-NEVER any backstory to garner the same empathy for their situation. Shit, look at 30 years of the Faux network producing all these shows demonizing POC-Cops, Amerikas Most Wanted...you have their "comedies" which are full of ugly racial stereotypes that foster bigotry against those that are not white bread/bred 'murika. We are "supposed" to have a sense of humor behind this crap, because, after all, it's "comedy", don't force your "political correctness" into every aspect of "our" lives...no matter, it's disquised as "entertainment", good ol 'murikans have every right to tell us POC how shit "will be"...yeah.....exactly why the racial divide is growing in this country by leaps & bounds. We are being marginalized, disenfranchised by people in our own communities and across the country who don't give us equal respect as they do when they have the SAME issues in their families & communities too.

Shit, I fear a white man with a gun MORE than ANY Muslim, Arab, chicano or black person...yet this country spends millions investigating our communities but NOT any fear mongering towards those precious, locally grown, crazy-ass white boys even though we ALL see these are the ones SLAUGHTERING us in this country! !

stanley1
stanley1

@Dj-djohnson Theceo You're right....I don't have it in me to pump 5 into someone. Damn, there goes my street cred! What a fucking hero.

brendac_420
brendac_420

No, nanny libs want to dictate how we live in our communities...lol!

stanley1
stanley1

@brendac_420 @brendac_420Since you're obviously very confused about things and don't have a clue about what's really going on crime-wise in this country, here are some stats for you: Los Angeles Homicides since 2007:


  • Asian 156(3%)
  • Black 1,643(32%)
  • Latino 2,508(49%)
  • Other 42(1%)
  • Unspecified58(1%)
  • White 657(13%)
Source: The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County coroner's office
I'll let you do the math.

Want me to post some more? New York:

In New York from January to June 2008:

83 percent of all gun assailants were black, according to witnesses and victims, though blacks were only 24 percent of the population. 

Blacks and Hispanics together accounted for 98 percent of all gun assailants. Forty-nine of every 50 muggings and murders in the Big Apple were the work of black or Hispanic criminals.


Hey, want to talk about Chicago? Detroit? Yeah, didn't think so. Not a lot of crackers up there killing people, is there? 

"Shit, I fear a white man with a gun MORE than ANY Muslim, Arab, chicano or black person.."


Then you, sir, are a fucking idiot.

stanley1
stanley1

@brendac_420What a load of shit. White boys are doing the slaughtering in Chicago? Detroit? Get your facts straight...."POC" commit an EXPONENTIALLY higher rate of violent crime in the US, and that's a fact. What's also fact is that "POC" commit, again, EXPONENTIALLY higher rates of crimes against whites than whites against "POC". Now, instead of dealing with that, I look forward to hearing about the white power structure, income inequality, and other bullshit that idiot bigots like you use to excuse and enable the culture of violence that has permeated your community.

stanley1
stanley1

@brendac_420 What a load of shit. 

stanley1
stanley1

@brendac_420 100% certain you voted for one, so yes, you do seem to be confused by the term.

brendac_420
brendac_420

Nope, no confusion here whatsoEVER! :)

stanley1
stanley1

@brendac_420 Yes, but it's obvious that you are thoroughly confused about who is what and who believes what. 

11er
11er

@brendac_420 Interesting conversation.. i am black in the Chicago area. At this point if the kkk was willing to take this murdering black scum off the planet they would get my OK. Of course just the ones who have killed the innocent victims and  got away with it. O Yea there is still much racial bias and bigotry toward black people in society(even with a black prez)and i am not talking about the nazi or kkk hatred.

Right now i believe that we got so confused after MLK died. We let the dream turn into a nightmare. If he were alive today he would despise President Obama, and spit on most the phony-ass symbols we have today as leaders. 

Our biggest and ugliest problem at this time is our HATRED of ourselves, evident every day, in every city, in black hoods. yes the Willie Lynch practice is still going strong today.  It also is intertwined with the EVIL in the world as a whole today. Yes, it is true "THE WORLD IS A GHETTO" 

stanley1
stanley1

@brendac_420 Just like I thought, you have NO argument, only bullshit platitudes and excuses. 93% of all black homicide victims were by the hands of other "POC", but you go on having your bullshit-instilled fear of "whitey". Apparently it makes you feel better to not have to deal with reality. Facts aren't racist.

brendac_420
brendac_420

I'm not going to have this baseless argument with you SINCE there is nothing in your statistics that can show the effect invisible structures in our communities have upon PoC. You can argue all you want with statistics, data....NONE of that will change the fact that "I" -and MOST people I know- fear a white person with a gun AND his angry white-man syndrome MORE than ANY PoC...lmao because your statistics WON'T change that!

stanley1
stanley1

@brendac_420 http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/front-range/denver/da-seeking-death-penalty-against-dexter-lewis-in-horrific-feros-bar-and-grill-killings


How about some angry piece of shit thugs knife to death 5 white people at Fero's for $170 fucking dollars. That story sure didn't get much play outside of Denver, did it? Think if 3 crackers went into a bar and killed 5 blacks that we wouldn't have marches in the street and it wouldn't be headline news across the country? You bet your politically correct ass it would. Statistically, what happened at Fero's is far more common in the US than George Zimmerman, but don't allow me to interrupt your chronically-aggrieved fairy tale.

stanley1
stanley1

@brendac_420 And you don't get to ignore factual data and reality so as to go on with your "hate whitey" mentality. And you'd like to think you know who/what I am, but I promise you...you don't. 

stanley1
stanley1

@brendac_420 I don't give a damn who you fear, just stating that statistically speaking, the chances of you being gunned down at the hands of a white man are infinitesmal compared to at the hands of a "POC". Brings to mind Tupac's "Only God Can Judge Me"- "And they say it's the white man I should fear but, it's my own kind doin all the killin here"

Damn....guess Pac didn't know WTF he was talking about either.

brendac_420
brendac_420

When you refuse to acknowledge that there ARE inequalities that exist in our society, you show your ignorance AND also show your bigotry by refusing to give credence to what entire populations of people live with. You, sir, do NOT get to "decide" if there are inequalities or not. You do, however, have every right to express your opinions about these differences in how we all perceive issues, and it is very telling who YOU are as a person by your responses....btw...."my" communities are also YOUR communities♥

brendac_420
brendac_420

Ummm...Columbine, SandyHook, Arizona...Oklahoma, Waco...Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Speck, Gary Ridgeway...the Luby's Cafe dude...shit, pretty much the ENTIRE annals of amerikan serial killers of the USA... ALL these mass slaughters & killings in good ol 'murika are pretty much perpetrated by white people...but I'm "supposed" to fear the violent act of one drug dealer to another, or you expect me to fear retribution for drugs deals gone wrong that have NOTHING to do with ME?!...no, again...I know who to be afraid of ESPECIALLY when I am minding my own business doing nothing wrong....the angry white man with a LEGAL gun AND a chip on his shoulder!

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