Officer indicted for death of Ramapough man

A New Jersey state park police officer was indicted on Tuesday for the shooting death of a member of the Ramapough Lenape Nation.

Chad Walder faces a charge of second-degree manslaughter. He is accusing of killing Emil Mann, 45, on April 1, 2006, during a scuffle between park officers and tribal members

Also indicted were two tribal members on charges of disarming a police officer, aggravated assault and resisting arrest and on charges of carrying a switchblade and a handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets.

The incident heigthened tensions between the tribe and the state. Some tribal members felt the state wasn't doing enough to investigate the shooting.

Gov. Jon S. Corzine (D) eventually met with the tribe and formed a special Indian affairs commission.

Get the Story:
N.J. police officer indicted in shooting of tribe member (The Journal News 3/28)
Park officer indicted in tribe member's death (The Newark Star-Ledger 3/28)
Park Officer Is Indicted in Shooting (The New York Times 3/28)
Two Ramapoughs also charged in Mahwah encounter (The Bergen Record 3/28)

Relevant Links:
Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation -

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