The Injustice of December 2
Robert Woodward, "Woody", our dearly beloved friend, entered a rural Vermont church on Sunday morning, December 2 2001, and pleaded to the assembled congregation to give him asylum, explaining that government authorities sought to torture and kill him. At one point he took out a pocket knife and threatened himself in an attempt to dissuade the congregation from leaving, pleading that he needed witnesses. Within 15 minutes police entered the sanctuary and almost immediately opened fire. Accounts vary as to whether Woody was given any chance to surrender. Two officers fired seven 40 caliber rounds at Woody, several of which entered his torso, then handcuffed him while he lay bleeding on the floor. Woody died less than four hours later of his wounds.
This account is supported by the detailed narrative of events compiled from eyewitness statements.