Monday, August 14, 2017

August 18, 11:30 am, Lansing: Millions for Prisoners Solidarity Demonstration

Millions for Prisoners Solidarity Demonstration

a nationwide weekend of action against mass incarceration and prison slavery

Friday, August 18, 11:30 am
Wentworth Park - 100 N. Grand Ave, Lansing 48933

Join a demonstration in solidarity with the Millions for Prisoners march on Washington. The Washington march has been called by the grassroots iamWE Prisoner Solidarity Network (IAmWeUbuntu.com). This is part of a nationwide weekend of action against mass incarceration and prison slavery.

Bring water, good shoes, signs, banners, and DRUMS OR OTHER NOISE MAKERS.


Join the Facebook event

Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity (MAPS)
MichiganAbolition.org

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Two More Cases of Sexual Torture by Berrien County Deputies

Two more women who were sexually assaulted and sexually tortured while in the Berrien County jail by five Berrien County Sheriff Department deputies have come forward and added to a lawsuit filed last week according to Southfield, Michigan, lawyer Lennox Emanuel. They join five other women whose lawsuit was filed July 24, 2017, Berrien County Court in front of Dennis Wiley.

The county case includes two deputies named in the federal case and three new deputies, who work at the jail. Sheriff Paul Bailey always covers up for the deputies, because he feels they are above the law. Bailey said all three are still employed and will continue to be.

Of the three sheriff deputies who were named in the federal cases, two resigned and one was fired, but no arrest, no charges have been filed against the law enforcement officers.

A Federal lawsuit was also filed on April of 2016 by ten other women, who were assaulted and tortured in by Berrien County deputies. They are being represented by a different attorney. The federal lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial July 23, 2018, and will be heard by former Berrien County judge, Paul Maloney, a very dishonest judge, in my opinion.

Berrien County prosecutor Mike Sepic said in an e-mail that he has not been asked to review any of the sexual assaults and sexual torture cases. None of the Berrien County deputies are being investigated for sexual assault or sexual torture or any other criminal conduct and will not be investigated.

Attorney Emanuel said almost all of the plaintiffs in both lawsuits are petite, white women, who were struggling with some form of addiction. He said many of the women were afraid to step forward, because they thought they were the only one being harassed and feared retaliation from law enforcement which has a history of retaliation. In some cases, he said the deputies continued to sexually assault, harass, and torture the women even after they were no longer incarcerated.

They are vulnerable white women. The sheriff department has a pattern for decades of sexually assaulting, harassing, and torturing female inmates; nobody has been arrested nobody goes to jail.

The protector, becomes the predator.               

Rev. Edward Pinkney

Friday, August 04, 2017

Prosecutor Mike Sepic Only Represents the White Community

Here is the latest saga in the ruthless pursuit of the corporate rule gripping the city of Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Whirlpool Corporation, is now responsible for the death of 79 people in the London high rise apartment fire, due to a bad appliance in June of 2017.

The former puppet Mayor of Benton Harbor, James Hightower, along with the county clerk Sharon Tyler, Election Clerk Carolyn Toliver, who have never sworn in and finger printed and turned the recall petition over to the sheriff deputy without a warrant, subpoena or court order, Sheriff Paul Bailey 's  leadership is questionable. The sheriff department is in shambles, more than fifty women have been sexually assaulted and sexually tortured by Berrien County sheriff department and Prosecutor Mike Sepic and Judge Sterling Schrock, Judge Scott Schofield, Judge Charles LaSata, Judge Art Cotter, and Judge Dennis Wiley; the corruption rolls on!

Prosecutor Mike Sepic attempted to get a subpoena to raid the new defense court appointed attorney's office. I am looking forward to that action by Prosecutor Mike Sepic. The judges and prosecutor Mike Sepic are working together against the new court appointed attorneys.

In the government, the prosecutor's office represents the state and the people in each county. Prosecutor Mike Sepic only represents the white community or just white people. The county prosecutor is vested with the power to represent the people on behalf of the commonwealth's interest.The prosecutor begins kicking the political football down the road, by using their propaganda machine, which is the fascist Herald Palladium newspaper, by influencing people with the promise of protection of the victims of crime and safe guarding, when actually innocent people are wrongfully convicted.

Prosecutors, like Mike Sepic, are sworn to search for the truth, but Mike Sepic takes pleasure in poisoning the black community, knowing that only 33% of the white people in Berrien County are good people and 67% are bad to the bone.

Prosecutor Mike Sepic egregious practice of failing to seek the truth to prevent the actual innocent from suffering a gross miscarriage of justice. Our broken system continues to rear its ugly head by wrongfully imprisoning innocent people.

There is a timely quote by the late Senator Barry Goldwater about the system,"Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to enforce their own version of heaven on earth and let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny."  It is frightening to know that our lives are subject to these elected officials, who are sworn to uphold their oath to seek the truth at all cost but refuse to do so.

Historically these elected officials have engaged in misrepresenting the truth by twisting the laws to trap tax paying citizens to pad their resume’ with convictions of innocent victims. The question is, when they the protector become the predator, do our lives really matter to prosecutor and judges?   

Sunday, July 30, 2017

MDOC Callously Fails to Protect Imprisoned People from Harm

A 23-year-old young man from Muskegon has needlessly lost his life after MDOC failed to respond to his pleas for help and protection from a hostile cell-mate. These completely preventable murders happen frequently under MDOC's negligent administration, but in this rare instance others bravely spoke up and Detroit Metro Times broke the story. Shame on MDOC.

Inmates: Michigan prisoner killed by cellmate for being gay, guards ignored repeated pleas for help


When the Protector Becomes the Predator

Sexual violence at the hands of Berrien County Sheriff's Department has multiplied. This year we have already seen a steady trickle of news stories detailing police sexual harassment, sexual assaults, sexual torture, molestation, rape by the Berrien County sheriff deputies. The question is how far up, does sexual torture go? Does sexual torture reach as high as Sheriff Paul Bailey? Does sexual torture reach County Prosecutor Mike Sepic who refuses to arrest anyone? Does sexual torture reach Judge Dennis Wiley, Judge Scott Schofield, Judge Art Cotter, Judge Charles LaSata, Judge Sterling Schrock?

There are rumors that Sheriff Paul Bailey, may be part of the sexual torture of the women happening inside the Berrien County Sheriff Department. Over 50 women have been involved in the sexual attacks by the sheriff department deputies.

One of the victims said, "I was so terrified." The Berrien County Sheriff's Department is like organized gangster mob.

One of the deputies would drive by my house and flash his lights into my home. He would park on the corner and watch my house.
I could not go to the police in Berrien County. The police will protect and lie for each other and would put information concerning law enforcement about sex crimes under the rug.

When the protector becomes the predator, this is the police violence we are not talking about.  Their job is to serve and protect, not to sexual assault and sexually torture women.

The number one problem is when you have a prosecutor like Mike Sepic, who has no respect for women and also believes that he and the sheriff's department are above the law. In our criminal justice system, justice is totally absent from Berrien County, Michigan

All the sexual assaults and the sexual torture by the Berrien County Sheriff's Department should tell the American people something about the justice system, the people are too brainwashed to see it.The American people rush to the defense of the police and they praise prosecutors for false charges, and give the judges a free pass for sending innocent people to prison.

When the protector becomes the predator, sex offenses, sexual assaults, and sexual torture can multiply. When the sheriff, prosecutor, and judges continue to allow sexist attacks on women, they tolerate wrong doing, ignore citizen complaints and fail to supervise the Berrien County sheriff deputies. The Berrien County Sheriff's Department and the Berrien County Courthouse are in shambles. We must confront the corruption inside Berrien County.          

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Five More Women Sexually Tortured by Berrien County Deputies. No Arrest!

Five more women are suing Berrien County and several sheriff deputies; more sexual misconduct, more sexual torture, more sexual assaults. A federal lawsuit was filed last year by 10 of the possible 50 women, who have been sexually tortured.

The latest lawsuit filed on Monday, July 24, 2017, by Southfield lawyer Lennox Emanual on behalf of five women alleges five more deputies were employees in Berrien County when the sexual assault and sexual torture of the female inmates between 2012 and 2016 began.

Two of the five women are also named in the still pending federal lawsuit filed in 2016 in U.S. District Court. The former sheriff deputies coerced female inmates into sex and then tortured the women, in some cases after their release. In an amended complaint filed in May, one of the women said an unnamed Berrien County Commissioner had witnessed McGrew meeting with her to provide money at a public business.

In the lawsuit filed in Berrien County this week, sexual assault, sexual torture and battery, gross negligence and intentional infliction and distress on the part of the individual defendants and hostile environment on the part of Berrien County.

One woman said that between February 2014 and July 2015. Two deputies repeatedly demanded sexual favors in exchange for benefits. The deputies instructed her to pose in various sexual position, while she was jailed for various periods between 2012 and 2016, another deputy provided her with drugs and requested sex in exchange for extra food.

Another female said she was forced by one of the five deputies to pose naked and dance in front of a camera.

Another woman said that in 2015, while she was on supervised release from jail, a deputy requested sex in exchange for money and drugs. The deputy took her to his house on the pretense of offering her work and made her accompany him to a law enforcement conference in the city of Detroit and forced to sleep with him at the hotel.

Judges, Prosecutors, and Police Officers believe themselves to be superior, detached from community they are supposed to be protecting. We must hold them accountable for their actions.    


Rev Edward Pinkney