Woman killed amid attack on police officer
by Geoff Folsom
gfolsom@mdjonline.com
December 25, 2011 11:44 PM | 19432 views | 10 10 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — A Marietta woman who was accused of sending threatening packages to lawmakers was shot and killed after attacking a Cobb Police officer Christmas morning, police said.

Using a knife and a handgun, Jameela Cecila Barnette, 53, assaulted an officer from the department’s Precinct 3 who had knocked on her apartment door after responding to an alarm, Cobb Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said. Despite receiving injuries to his arm, Pierce said the officer, who is not being identified at this time, fired his service weapon to stop the assault.

The officer was treated and released at the scene, the Bexley apartment complex, 318 Penny Lane S.E. in Marietta, Pierce said. The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

The Precinct 3 uniformed officers were dispatched to the complex after an alarm came from the apartment just after 11 a.m. Sunday, Pierce said. They were notified that a second alarm, a more serious “panic” alarm, came in as they were arriving at the scene.

Pierce said Barnette was the only person in the apartment, but the incident did not appear to be a “suicide by cop.”

“You do see that, I guess,” he said. “From what I’ve been told, I don’t think that is the case here.”

In April, the website Politico.com reported that Barnette, a Muslim, sent a bloody pig’s foot with an anti-Semitic letter to U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-New York). The package was reportedly sent in response to hearings that King held in March on the “radicalization” of American Muslims.

Barnette was also accused of sending a Curious George stuffed animal to New York state Sen. Greg Ball, a Republican who hosted King at a hearing. Politico reported that the doll had two Stars of David taped to it with a note saying “Final Destination: Auschwitz.”

“I knew the Jews were behind the hearings. A monkey is a representation of who the Jews are,” she was quoted as saying.

At the time, Capitol Police said the investigation into the matter was ongoing. Attempts to reach Capitol Police and King’s office were unsuccessful late Sunday.

The Cobb County Department of Public Safety’s internal affairs unit and Cobb Police’s crimes against persons unit are investigating the incident, Pierce said. A search warrant was executed for the apartment Sunday, but Pierce said he didn’t know what the search had determined.
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Ghayyur Mannan
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December 31, 2011
As an American Muslim, I am horrified by this event, the last thing I would think of would be to defend someone who seems to be as deranged as this lady. I am even more horrified by the comments of some of my fellow Americans who seem to think that all hateful behaviour is monopolized by Muslims. The only way to have a civilized society is to praise what is right and condemn what is plainly wrong. I expect nothing less from my fellow Americans, whether Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus etc.
Allison Knight-Khan
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December 31, 2011
Dear Rocky,

No, Muslims will not defend her. What she did is not right. Why should we defend her? Before I knew she was Muslim, I was horrified by her luring a police officer to her home. Why should I be sympathetic to such evil deeds? She is giving Islam a bad name.

My brother is a police officer and he is Christian. He sent my children coats as a gift this year, even though he has his own children. I only have sympathy for the officer who visited her that day. I pray for his speedy recovery.

She forgot that "There is no compulsion in religion."

She sounds like she needs help for mental illness.

Being Muslim is not easy in America. I believe in Islam with all my heart, but it should prevent actions like that, not encourage them.

I would like to apologize to the officer and his family.

Pray for her. There are blessings in it for you.
Rocky Lore
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December 27, 2011
The Democrats, Muslims, and CAIR will defend her. By the way, what would happen if someone had sent similar threats to Keith Ellison and Andre Carson?
Lenin-McCarthy
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December 27, 2011
Nothing!
follow up
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December 27, 2011
I do hope this newspaper follows up this story. I, too, am interested in which mosque she goes to. This whole thing just sounds kind of strange and unfinished. Very odd.
Concerned Patriot
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December 26, 2011
Here is what Jameela posted on the blog Atlas Shrugs last year. The woman, according to the blog's writer, Pamela Geller, posted hundreds of such rants:

"ALLAH is the greatest, ALLAH is ALIVE, but the christian’s god is only a partially eaten, jew corpse. ALLAHU AKBAR you rabid, jew-eating, racist, christian, cannibals of extremely low intelligence. I will be sure to tell your hostile jinn aka jew masters what loyal and obedient slaves you christians are. Enjoy your brief and evil life of fairy tales and hokum your evil jew masters have created for you, because the Hell-fire is your final destination. Only Allah’s Warriors can put-down the rabid, corpse-eating, blood-drinking, christian savages and send them to their partially-eaten, jew corpse they call god."

Posted by: Jameela | Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 05:57 PM

Wonder where she worshipped? Are there more like her? Certainly. Thank you, Cobb Police, for taking this dangerous woman off the street.
axeman
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December 29, 2011
Unfortunatley and undoubtably there are many many more out there like her...
Samuel Adams
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December 26, 2011
It would appear this woman has perpetrated her own little Christmas day jihad, luring police there in order to hurt or possibly kill them. Suicide by cop isn't even the correct term for this. I had read that she's threatened reporters and bloggers in the past as well as her threats towards elected officials.

Will we see the results of an apartment search? Doubtful. I hope the Marietta Daily Journal asks some questions about this one.
don't understand
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December 26, 2011
If it was known that this woman had made such threatening acts to

lawmakers, why was she allowed to run around free? She was obviously a danger to others. Well, at least the taxpayers want have to spend money on a trial.
Hang em high
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December 26, 2011
Case Closed!!! Justice served....
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