after the shooting
On January 4, 2008, a SWAT team pushed through the door of Tarika Wilson’s rented home on the south side of Lima, Ohio while searching of Wilson’s boyfriend, Anthony Terry, 31, on suspicions of drug dealing. With their guns drawn, the Lima police officers carried out the raid with Wilson’s six children, ages 8 to 1, in the house. In the process, Wilson was shot to death while holding her youngest child, 14-month-old Sincere, who was wounded by the same round of bullets.
In the bitter winter months following the incident, outrage surfaced in a community that percieved injustice and discrimination from city officials for years. Wilson, a woman of mixed race, was shot by Sgt. Joe Chavalia, a white officer. A series of reactionary events questioning race relations and the scruples of city officials unfolded and drew national attention to a normally low-key town in northwest Ohio.