CANAAN, N.H. — A memorial to a man killed by a New Hampshire state trooper carries similarities to the plot of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and calls to mind higher-profile shootings by police elsewhere.
Twenty-six-year-old Jesse James Champney was shot by Trooper Christopher O’Toole on Dec. 23. His family questions the need for the shooting, and the memorial they put up has been burned down and then replaced.
Champney was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court on charges of drug possession and resisting arrest. O’Toole is on administrative leave while the attorney general’s office investigates.
The family is hoping the memorial will hold police accountable. Supporters believe the fire was started by someone upset with efforts to publicize the case.
But others in town are ready to move on and think the memorial should come down.