Marquette Branch Prison
Rev. Edward Pinkney, a true political prisoner in the State of Michigan, is isolated in the far north Marquette Branch Prison, better known as the concentration camp of Nazi Germany, which is located in the Upper Peninsula.
This journey started on December 15, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. By 11:30 a.m. Rev. Pinkney was sitting in Jackson State prison, with no clothes on. As Rev. Pinkney always says, “Only in America.”
Rev. Pinkney was sentenced to 30 months to 120 months in prison, because the state claimed that 5 dates on the Mayoral Recall Petition in 2014 have been allegedly changed. Every witness stated that they had changed their own date on the petition. There was absolutely no evidence presented to the all-white jury, who were motivated by something other than the truth – deeply hidden racism. In fact, the prosecutor Mike Sepic told the jury: “You don’t need evidence to convict Rev. Pinkney,” while the judge Sterling Schrock stated that the jury’s decision is the final decision. Rev. Pinkney’s leadership position in the Black Community and progressive movement in Benton Harbor was all they needed to find him guilty of five felony counts of forgery. The hypocrisy of the criminal justice system has no limits. Whirlpool Corporation is the leader in this attack against Rev. Pinkney.
Rev. Pinkney, who is innocent of all charges, sits in a Michigan concentration camp, over 500 miles from his wife and community. The threatening, harassing, intimidating behavior continues. There is evidence that Marquette Prison Warden Robert Napel is getting his instruction from Director Heidi Washington to threaten, harass, and intimidate Rev. Pinkney, who turned 67 years of age on Oct. 27, 2015, and was thrown into solitary confinement in the super maximum level 5 section of the prison, and was held there for six days. The charge was smuggling, which was so ridiculous that even the hearing judge was forced to dismiss it. Rev. Pinkney’s telephone access has been revoked for 180 days on false charges. Nobody would believe what really is going on inside the prison system.
I was transferred to Marquette prison, shackled, mistreated and intimidated by correctional officers. I was forced to strip on five different occasions.
When I returned to Marquette prison, Director Heidi Washington and Warden Ropert Nappel had put together a plan to threaten, harass, and intimidate me until I drop dead. The inadequate medical care is just ridiculous. I am a dead man walking. That is why MDOC does not transfer me to another facility and allows Correctional Officer Schetter and Correctional Officer Luokkalis to threaten, harass, and intimidate me.