Justice For Emmett Till

Family members of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Black teen whose murder in the Jim Crow South spurred the civil rights movement in America, say they have unearthed an unserved arrest warrant for the White woman who accused him of making advances toward her, sparking the events that led to his death nearly 70 years ago.

The warrant was discovered last week by a five-member search group led by members of Till’s family, including Deborah Watts and her daughter Terri. An image of the warrant, provided to CNN by the foundation, charged J.W. Milam, Roy Bryant and Bryant’s then-wife — identified in the document as Mrs. Roy Bryant — with kidnapping and orders their arrests. The warrant is dated August 29, 1955, and signed by the Leflore County Clerk.

The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation shared this image of an unserved arrest warrant, charging the woman who accused him of making advances toward her with kidnapping.

The image of the warrant shows the current Leflore County clerk certified the document as authentic on June 21. Absent action from law enforcement in light of the finding, the family has considered taking initiative to help bring justice in Emmett’s brutal killing.

In 1955 Jim Crow America, 14 year old Emmett Till was visiting his uncle Mose Wright, a sharecropper in Money, Mississippi from Chicago. He was out buying some candy with his friends and playing around like all kids do they dared him to talk to the white woman in the store, Carolyn Bryant DonHam. After buying his candy, it was reported that Till allegedly whistled at her before leaving. A whistle… an honest, harmless, playful whistle of a child resulted in the brutal lynching of Emmett Till. 

Carolyn Bryant Donham told her husband Roy Bryant that Till “had made lewd gestures, grabbed her and whistled”. LIES! LIES THAT COST HIM HIS LIFE! Roy Bryant and his friend J.W. Milam drove to Wright’s house, putting him at gunpoint and demanding Emmett to come with them. Despite pleas from his uncle, the men kidnapped 14 year old Emmett and brutally beat and terrorized him. Smashing his head and putting a bullet through him until his body was unrecognizable. They tied a 75lb cotton gin fan around his neck and threw him in the Tallahatchie river. 

Days later when his body was found, his uncle was only able to recognize him by his initialed gold ring on his finger. During the trial, despite witness testimonial from Till’s uncle Mose Wright, the two men were found not guilty by an all white verdict. During that same trial, Donham also then testified that 14 year old Emmett Till grabbed and threatened her. Years later in a 2007 interview, Carolyn Bryant Donham revealed that Till never touched or threatened her. When asked about her testimony she said “That part’s not true”. 52 years later she decided to tell the truth, well we’re here to say too little too late. She saw the mutilation done to Till by her husband and his friend seeking to avenge her lies and stood by silently knowing they were wrong. She waited until the murders of Emmett were dead to reveal she was lying, but nonetheless perjury is a crime. Bryant’s family made an agreement with writer Timothy Tyson that her manuscripts are not released until she dies. Why? Because they do not want justice to be served!

If history is never learned from it will continue to repeat itself. We need to have justice for Emmet and have his history told. This is the same story that we are repeating now in 2020 as Black people are being murdered and there is no justice, this is nothing new. Now more than ever we must reveal the injustices done in this country towards Black people and seek restitution. Too often Black lives are taken without any consequences given to the perpetrators. We must be the ones to bring change! We must be the ones to bring justice!!

Decision to close Emmett Till's investigation brings no justice to his family

The two men were acquitted of Emmett’s murder soon after by an all-White jury, though they later admitted to the killing in an interview with Lookmagazine. Milam died in 1980 and Bryant died in 1994, but his widow — now Carolyn Bryant Donham — is still alive, and Emmett’s family hopes the warrant will lead to her arrest and, ultimately, justice.

The discovery of the warrant was first reported by the New York Amsterdam News, one of the nation’s oldest African American publications.

According to The New York Times, an affidavit attached to the warrant said the three “did willfully, unlawfully and feloniously and without lawful authority, forcibly seize and confine and kidnap” Emmett, though it misspelled his last name. A note on the back of the warrant says Donham was not arrested because she could not be located at the time, the Times reported, citing filmmaker Keith A. Beauchamp, who was part of the team that discovered the warrant.


In March of 2018, the Department of Justice reopened Emmett Till’s murder case and this is petitioning is calling for:

1) The arrest of Carolyn Bryant Donham for perjury

2) Restitution of to the living family of Emmett Till (mandatory 5 to six figures)

3) Incorporation of the brutal murder of Emmett Till in all U.S history books

Sign the petition here for Change.org

Source: Sara Sidner, Tina Burnside and Dakin Andone, CNN, Change.org

Texas Police Chase Ends In Death

Javier Ambler was driving home from a friendly poker game in the early hours of March 28, 2019, when a Williamson County sheriff’s deputy noticed that he failed to dim the headlights of his SUV to oncoming traffic.

Twenty-eight minutes later, the black father of two sons lay dying on a north Austin street after deputies held him down and used Tasers on him four times while a crew from A&E’s reality show “Live PD” filmed.

Ambler, a 40-year-old former postal worker, repeatedly pleaded for mercy, telling deputies he had congestive heart failure and couldn’t breathe. He cried, “Save me,” before deputies deployed a final shock.

His death never made headlines.

Now, after months of questioning and requests for information from the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, police have recently released documents and video that shed light on that fatal night at a time when the nation confronts decades of injustice against minorities by law enforcement. The Austin American-Statesman is part of the USA TODAY Network.

#KennethFoster #Deathrow #Inmate – A Story of #Redemption

Death Row and Redemption – Kenneth Foster Jr

One night in August of 1996, four black men were arrested in connection to the shooting of Michael Lahood Jr., a white 26-year-old San Antonio law student. They were also found guilty of two robberies that took place hours before the event that changed many lives forever.

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#Hernandez’s 2013 Murder Conviction – Vacated

Judge agrees to erase ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez’s conviction in 2013 murder because he died before the appeal was heard.

The former New England Patriots tight end hanged himself in his prison cell last month while serving a life sentence in the killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

Patrick Bomberg said Hernandez “should not be able to accomplish in death what he could not accomplish in life.”

Hernandez’s appellate attorney told the judge that the state’s highest court has applied the legal doctrine “without exception,” even in cases of suicide.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Judge Susan Garsh said she expects to issue a decision late Tuesday morning.

Source: ESPN.com

Abortion – Why Do We as Women Make “Not-so-good” Choices?

Purvi-PhotoThe Story…

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned the feticide conviction of a woman found guilty of killing her premature infant by taking abortion-inducing drugs.

The ruling issued Friday comes in the case of Purvi Patel, who was convicted of neglect and feticide last year. However, the court upheld a lower-level felony neglect of a dependent conviction.

Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015, two years after her self-induced abortion at her family’s home. Women’s advocacy groups have been heavily involved in the case, saying it marks the first time a state feticide law was used against a woman because of an alleged self-induced abortion.

The appeals court ruled that the state Legislature didn’t intend for the feticide law “to be used to prosecute women for their own abortions.”

Patel was arrested when she sought treatment at a local hospital for profuse bleeding after delivering a 1½-pound boy in a bathroom and putting his body in a trash bin behind her family’s restaurant. Court records show she bought abortion-inducing drugs from an online pharmacy based in Hong Kong.

Patel, who was 32 at the time, used the drugs because she feared her family would discover she had been impregnated by a married man, according to documents. Patel lived with her parents and grandparents in Granger, a city just northeast of South Bend along the Michigan border.

Attorneys for Indiana argued that Patel was at least 25 weeks into her pregnancy. They said her infant was just beyond the threshold of viability and took at least one breath before dying.

The attorneys also argued that Indiana’s feticide law could apply to pregnant woman, not just “to third-party actors,” and that Patel hadn’t shown the feticide law constituted an undue burden on the right to an abortion.

 

Source: Indiana court tosses woman’s feticide conviction

  1. Feticide Definition – the act of causing the death of a fetus;
    1. The term clearly describes death.
  2. She performed a self-induced abortion at her family’s home;
    1. She took it upon herself to perform this procedure.
  3. She had profuse bleeding after delivering a 1½-pound boy in a bathroom;
    1. She delivered a defined gender baby.
  4. She put his body in a trash bin;
    1. She disposed of the baby in the trash no compassion – why not bury him?
  5. She purchased illegal drugs from an online pharmacy based in Hong Kong;
    1. Jail time should be administered for her and the drug dealer or at least therapy for her
  6. Patel, who was 32 at the time, used the drugs because she feared her family would discover she had been impregnated by a married man;
    1. Playing around with married men has far greater consequences than being left home alone during the holidays.

 

Killers Amongst Us

 

Children our greatest resource or are they?  From the elite to the destitute the evolution of children is not just of infant to adult, the hallway in between is a force to be reckoned with.  From baby contest to adult pageants; from little league to the All Star game parents have thrived on the ability of their child to excel.    Where other parents thrive on ensuring their child has the latest Jordan sneakers and an opportunity to pay their way with an entry in the NFL.  On the dark side there are the children who fall by the wayside, are pushed off the beaten path or merely have an acute sense of curiosity that will catapult them to make what may appear to be adult decision.

As I watched a law case on television, the case was about a teen who had obtained her learner’s permit we’ll call her, Cynthia.  The permit allowed Cynthia to drive as long as there was a passenger in the vehicle with a “valid” license.  The teen was out driving and according to her, she became tired and allowed her friend (Dorothy) to drive.  An accident occurred and Dorothy’s father sued Cynthia’s mother.  You see Dorothy did not have a valid license and no one in the vehicle did either.  The mother was angry and thought the father had no reason to file a claim.  The Judge asked the Cynthia’s mother if she was aware that Cynthia was driving the car without an adult who had a valid license in the vehicle.  The mother said yes, I was appalled she said Cynthia was a good driver and she let her drive all the time without someone with a valid license.  The judge proceeded to explain to the mother why children cannot obtain a license to drive until they are of age.  That is because the states feel at a certain age the child is able to make good decisions while operating a car, i.e. they can read and comprehend the rules of the road.

Sure, this story is about driving and the inability of a parent to follow the law and teach her daughter to follow the law.  But then there’s the other side or is it really another side.  A teen boy is driving and kills 4 people the defense attorney claims that not only did the boy suffer from “Affluenza – a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation” but that his parents should not be held accountable either for the death of the 4 people.

Juveniles and the Justice System

The law had defined separate rules for juveniles and adults when it comes to crimes as we may be aware of.  In William Blackstone’s book on the Laws of England, he states for a person to be able to commit a crime they must first have a vicious will and be able to carry out their desire to commit an unlawful act.  Children between the ages of 0 and 13 could not be convicted of a felony because they could not understand their actions.  One of the Juvenile Justice systems’ progenitor was the Stubborn Child Law by the Puritans of Massachusetts in 1646 it reads:

The progression of the Juvenile Justice system (making procedure in juvenile courts look more criminal courts) lands in Cook County, Illinois with a compassionate judge by the name of Julian Mack in the first juvenile court stated:

[The child who must be brought into court should, of course, be made to know that he is face to face with the power of the state, but he should at the same time, and more emphatically, be made to feel that he is the object of its care and solicitude. The ordinary trappings of the courtroom are out of place in such hearings. The judge on a bench, looking down upon the boy standing at the bar, can never evoke a proper sympathetic spirit. Seated at a desk, with the child at his side, where he can on occasion put his arm around his shoulder and draw the lad to him, the judge, while losing none of his judicial dignity, will gain immensely in the effectiveness of his work. Julian Mack, “The Juvenile Court,” Harvard Law Review, vol. 23 (1909), 120.]

Equally the progression of violent crimes by youthful offenders and increased and become darker.  Starting with a 14-year-old Kent, whose crimes were B&E and purse snatching to Erin, who killed her entire family over the inability to go out with her boyfriend to the extreme children killing in schools

 

Feb. 2, 1996
Moses Lake, Wash.
Two students and one teacher killed, one other wounded when 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis opened fire on his algebra class.

 

October 24, 2014
Marysville, Washington
Jaylen Ray Fryberg, a popular freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, opens fire in the cafeteria, killing two students and critically wounding three others before turning the gun on himself.

 

The Eighth Amendment provided protections against excessive bail, cruel and unusual punishments; it wasn’t until Betts v. Brady that due process must include a court appointed attorney for those that cannot afford one. This was deemed necessary as a result of the case against Gerald Gault (a white male) in 1967 was a 15 year old sentenced to six years until he turn 21 (an adult would have received a $50 fine) for a prank phone call that was considered obscene.  This case was interesting as the mother was not involved, i.e. she never showed up to court, until after the boy had been sentenced.  The Fourteenth Amendments prevent or should prevent states from enforcing any law which would infringe on the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, or deprive any person life, liberty without due process of the law.

  • Heirens – killed 3 people age 17 – Male Caucasian
  • Bosket – killed 3 people age 16 – Male Black
  • Kempe – killed 10 people age 15 – Male Caucasian
  • Pomeroy – killed over 10 people age 14 – Male Caucasian
  • Bell – killed 2 people age 11 – Female Caucasian

 

Which brings us to today, the case of Christopher Simmons (a white male) at age 17 committed murder, tried by a court as an adult at age 18 and was sentenced to death.  Christopher and his friends went to the victim’s home, to steal and kill, used duct tape over the woman’s mouth and eyes drover her to the river and threw her from the bridge.

The State sought the death penalty. As aggravating factors, the State submitted that the murder was committed for the purpose of receiving money; was committed for the purpose of avoiding, interfering with, or preventing lawful arrest of the defendant; and involved depravity of mind and was outrageously and wantonly vile, horrible, and inhuman.  Remember Blackstone’s definition…oh but wait, there more the postconviction defense attorney states:

Simmons was “very immature,” “very impulsive,” and “very susceptible to being manipulated or influenced.” The experts testified about Simmons’ background, including a difficult home environment and dramatic changes in behavior, accompanied by poor school performance in adolescence. Simmons was absent from home for long periods, spending time using alcohol and drugs with other teenagers or young adults. The contention by Simmons’ postconviction counsel was that these matters should have been established in the sentencing proceeding.

Simmons’ sentences were changed from the death penalty to life imprisonment without the eligibility or probation.  The Supreme Court of the US held it unconstitutional to impose capital punishment for crimes committed for persons under the age of 18. Today – Juvenile Law Center filed an amicus brief in Massachusetts opposing the imposition of a mandatory sentence of life without parole on a 16-year-old boy charged with murder. Juvenile Law Center argued that in light of the Supreme Court’s precedent in Roper v. Simmons, the imposition of a life without parole sentence on Mr. Powell was a disproportionate punishment under both the United States and Massachusetts Constitutions.  The Atlanta Black Star reports that the 2012 US Supreme Court ruling on LWOP should be retroactively applied to youths were sentenced before 2012 which would have major implications on Black offenders.

I would be remiss if I did not include the references to murder from the KJV of the Holy Bible.  Numbers 35:16 – 18 And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.  And if he smite him with throwing a stone or with a hand weapon of wood the murderer shall surely die.  It further states in verse 19 that the revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him.  Furthermore, the Bible states the parents shall not be put to death for the murderous act, but that every man shall be put to death for his own sin.  Lastly, in the O.T. the sixth Commandment – Thou shalt not kill.  If we were to rely solely upon the Bible all individuals who have committed murder would be executed.  Does that mean to include women who have opted for the procedure known as – abortion?  If we’re going to look at the consequences of murder, we must also look at what the Bible has to say about the child which most assuredly is led by the parent.  Throughout the Bible children have been slain, raised up, cast aside, they were liars and thieves, and some had great devotion to the Lord.  Deuteronomy tells us we should teach our children diligently and talk to them. First Corinthians tell us how the hierarchy of the home should be built, Christ the head of every man which is the head of his wife and even the head of Christ – God. Lastly Titus gives us direction on training our young women, teaching them to love their husbands and children and to be self-controlled. If the world were to follow the teachings in the Bible relative to our children, would we have experienced the rash of killings? I would say we would not have experienced as many killings by our children.  Note, the Bible gives us instructions for our children as a unit composed of not only a husband and a wife, but that of the parents who fear the Lord.  I read that the enemy is always lurking around seeking whom he may devour – it does not say seeking to devour it says whom he may. That tells this writer that even the enemy has some knowledge of who is following the Lord and who is not.  Additionally, we hear or if you have not heard that we are no longer under the dispensation of the law but under the dispensation of grace.  If Jesus were to disagree with Himself about His commandments, then I suppose the world as we know it would never have existed.  Remember He said He came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill and condemns murders to hell or did He extend hatred…

In this world, there have been great debates and a massive amount of tax dollars spent in the court system over the punishment of the juveniles who commit murder.  In the final analysis, this writer believes that capital punishment should never be an option if one truly believes in redemption, repentance and salvation.  Should our young folks be imprisoned without the possibility of parole, perhaps –  until such a time as we as a family unit to include, the trusted neighbors and our friends and extended family can come together and assist when it appears situations with our children are going awry, it just may take a village to raise our children in this century.

 

MsConcerned

 

 

 

 

References:

Avalon Law at Yale

American Bar Association

Massachusetts Juvenile Law Center

YouTube 20/20 Case of Affluence

The Culture of Affluence: Psychological Costs of Material Wealth by Suniya S. Luthar

USA Today

Atlanta Black Star

Cornell Law

Google Search Engine

King James Holy Bible

 

 

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