Rev. Edward Pinkney's Statement on the Death of Martell Hadley in Berrien County Jail:
It is very difficult to believe that Mr. Martell Hadley committed sucide. I have known Mr. Hadley for several years. I have never known him to be suicidal.
I believe Mr. Hadley did not commit suicide. Anything that Sheriff Paul Bailey touches must be questioned. The hypocrisy of the Berrien County Sheriff Department has no limits.
I am requesting a complete investigation by the United States Justice Department into this possible murder of Mr. Martell Hadley.
I have experienced the presence of the Divine as I have never before experienced God. It seemed as though I could hear the quiet assurance of an inner voice saying, "Ladona*, stand up for righteousness, stand up for truth, God will be at your side forever." Ladona, stand tall, God is with you.
-Rev. Pinkney, March 2, 2016
*(Ladona is Mr. Martell's mother.)