Family, friends, and cops celebrate the life of fallen officer

March 06, 2021 - 05:10 PM
BY Brandon C. Armant (BAMM Network) — Family and friends of departed Tulane Police Officer and New Orleans Second City Constable Martinus Melvin Mitchum were joined by law enforcement officers from across the country Saturday to celebrate the life of their fallen hero.

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Officer Mitchum was shot and killed while working a police detail at a high school basketball game, in New Orleans on February 26th, after he intervened in an altercation between school leaders and the man who would shoot him, John Shallerhorn. Shallerhorn was immediately arrested by police on the scene.
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Officer Mitchum's family has asked Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams to not pursue the death penalty for the shooter.
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"If Martinus was here he would have hugged the man who shot him," Officer Mitchum’s cousin, Pastor Bernard Mitchum, said during the funeral service.   "We met with the district attorney - his mother had one request, one request, don't get give him the death penalty."
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Officer Mitchum, or “Mitch” as he was often called by those who knew him well, was not only a man of law and order, but also a man after God’s heart. His pastor and relative, Bishop J. Douglas Wiley Taylor of Life Center Cathedral, said, during the eulogy, that Officer Mitchum was his right hand.
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“He called me Mr. President and I called him my Charlie,” Bishop Wiley said, referring to fictional charters President Josiah Bartlet and his body-man Charlie Young in the 90’s TV series, “The West Wing.”
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Pastor Mitchum also spoke about his cousin’s selflessness.
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"One lady said she was getting ready to get evicted and he stepped up and paid her rent, some were without food and he delivered food to their houses all out of his pocket, and Martinus never bragged about those things," Pastor Mitchum said.
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Officer Mitchum’s family says that he loved his profession in law enforcement, but he was passionate about serving, mentoring, inspiring and making a positive difference in the countless lives of youth.
Mitchum began working for the Tulane University Police Department in July 2019 and was swiftly promoted from corporal to sergeant and alas, a posthumous recognition and honor as Captain.

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