Rev. Pinkney acts as "watchdog" by attending court hearings EVERYDAY, 9-11:30am and 1-3pm. Every Tuesday at 9am he leads a march, picket, and rally at the courthouse. He welcomes concerned citizens from everywhere to participate.
The most recent incident of intimidation came from a bailiff. The majority of bailiffs in the court, including the supervising bailiff, behave in a manner which incites fear. They verbally abuse anyone who walks into the
courtroom; it's gotten to the point where citizens are afraid to go into the building. This behavior is tolerated by the Berrien County Administration and is not reported. Rev. Pinkney would very much appreciate it if people would contact the courthouse and administration in protest of this situation. He is requesting the immediate dismissal of Bailiff John Behnke, and the formation of a committee to oversee the courthouse. Contact info is at the end.
This is only the most recent incident: On Friday July 18 at approximately 2pm the fire alarm in the courthouse went off. Rev. P. was in hallway and entered courtroom to inform everyone since the alarm is not heard there. He
told a father that he would help carry the man's daughter down 3 flights of stairs as she was in a wheelchair. A grandmother requested help as she had just had back surgery. The alarm stopped and Rev. P. commented on how glad he was not to have to come up and down 3 flights twice. Bailiff John Behnke said, "This is no joke." Rev. P said, "I wasn't talking to you." Mr. Behnke "went off", shouting, following Rev. P., and shaking his finger in
his face. This continued as Rev. P. tried to escape from Mr. Behnke, but was unable to do so for quite a few minutes. This attack was racially motivated. For several months Mr. Behnke, his supervisor (first name only is known: Larry), and some of his staff have attempted to provoke Rev. P. on purpose. Again, Rev. Pinkney requests the immediate dismissal of Mr. Behnke. His behavior reflects adversely on the Berrien County Courthouse. A bailiff serves as an officer of the courtroom and shall, without regard to race, gender, or other characteristics, treat every person fairly, with courtesy, and respect. Mr. Behnke failed in these important rules of professional conduct.
Berrien County Courthouse
811 Port Street ? St. Joseph, MI 49085
THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESSES ARE FROM
James A. Cherry Prosecuting Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
Arthur Cotter Chief Asst. Prosecuting Atty. email@example.com
Henry Ruis Chief Trial Prosecuting Atty. firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret Penninger Asst. Prosecuting Atty. email@example.com
Beth Wild Asst. Prosecuting Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Sepic Asst. Prosecuting Attorney email@example.com
Mary Malesky Asst. Prosecuting Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeffrey Taylor Asst. Prosecuting Attorney email@example.com
Gerald Vigansky Asst. Prosecuting Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Struwin Asst. Prosecuting Attorney email@example.com
Greg Cleveland Asst. Prosecuting Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Sanford Asst. Prosecuting Attorney email@example.com
Caryn Hebets Asst. Prosecuting Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Mead Asst. Prosecuting Attorney email@example.com
Russell Szwabowski Asst. Prosecuting Atty. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Smith Asst. Prosecuting Attorney email@example.com
Kelly Travis Asst. Prosecuting Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Mize Investigator email@example.com
Berrien County Administration Center
701 Main St.
St. Joseph, MI 49085
County Coordinator: Mike Henry - firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESSES ARE FROM:
here are some of the Berrien County Commissioners:
Bret Witkowski, chair email@example.com
Bob Wooley, vice-chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Clymer, chair, admin. comm. email@example.com
Debra Panozzo, chair, personel& human services comm. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mass Demonstration against Voter Suppression in Benton Harbor
Voter suppression led by Whirlpool Corporation and Berrien County Sheriff Department. Protest all injustices being forced on our town, your town and all around the country! It is not one thing it is everything. The murder of Benton Harbor residents, gentrification by Whirlpool, Governor Snyder’s Emergency Manager dictatorship. Find it on the ActivateHub community calendar!
May 24, 2014 11:00am - City Hall, 200 Wall St., Benton Harbor, MI, 49022 (11:30am - press conference)