Tallahassee, FL (Leon County)— The Emmett Louis Till case is closed. Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American male Chicago native who was kidnapped in the middle of the night by white men while visiting his family members in Mississippi back in 1955, and then later his disfigured remains were found, has been memorialized for decades. He was accused of whistling at a white woman. There has never been an arrest for his murder. And now his case is closed.
In Tallahassee, Florida State University has established a research collection on the life and death of Emmett Till. In doing so, many local/state government officials have turned a blinded eye to racial disparities, within their own community, as FSU College of Law and Florida State University College of Communication and Information (CCI) participate in local community projects.
On the home page of Florida State University College of Communication and Information, Taylor Mair’s November 30, 2021, post is titled, ‘College of Communication and Information (CCI) Launches Black Men in Tech Program with Four Local High School Partners.’
The Program (Black Men in Tech) is being funded by a grant received by the Army Educational Outreach Program. The young African-American male participants will be students who attend underserved schools. Florida State University Information Technology faculty and FSU Student Ambassadors’ focuses is to strengthen young African-American males in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)—Information Technology (IT). Game design, web design, and videography are planned lessons to be learned by participants. Faculty are hoping that the participants will take what they learn and “share their experiences with their greatest supporters: parents, family, and friends.”
Black Men in Technology program will set up at four high schools in Leon County (Tallahassee). At the top of their list of schools is Amos P. Godby High School.
Many African-American teenaged males in Leon County high schools have interests in a variety of careers, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Educators and community leaders in Leon County need to stop accepting the lies about African-American teenaged males have such limited interests in careers, and address the real problems plaguing African-American teenaged males—and that’s local law enforcements need to feed State Attorney Jack Campbell’s narcissistic and racist actions. And the Florida Bar Organization needs to free judges, private defense and public attorneys (prosecutors and defense attorneys) from the brothel–under the disguise of the Leon County Courthouse–that has been owned and operated for decades by former State Attorney Willie Meggs and former Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, both members of the Democratic Party.
In 2009, the City of Tallahassee Police Department raided the home of a African-American male teenager as he and many of his family members, including some from out of state, were preparing to go to his senior high school graduation. AJ’s mother spoke to several people about the fear that she and her family experienced as no one knew what was going on. That young African-American male was AJ Graham, who was a star quarterback at Amos P. Godby High School. He was named All-State Quarterback and had planned to use his sports scholarship to attend an out-of-state university. The police arrested AJ and charged him with robbery. Mr. Graham, who was 18 years old, was taken to the Leon County Jail. At that time, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was the overseer of the jail. Mr. Graham lost his scholarship. Mr. Graham and his family was under a lot of pain and stress until the robbery victim (a white male) publicly denied having identified Mr. Graham to police as to being the person that robbed him of his wallet. Then State Attorney Willie Meggs dropped the charges.
In 2012, African-American males, 14-year-old Khalid Muhammad and 15-year-old, Theodus Holloway were students at Amos P. Godby High School when they were arrested after having been accused of raping a teenaged girl in the dugout on campus during school hours. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell had jurisdiction over the investigation. At that time, Sheriff Campbell’s son, Jack Campbell, was working as a chief assistant state attorney for State Attorney Willie Meggs. It was Meggs who assigned Jack Campbell to prosecute criminal cases under the investigative jurisdiction of his dad. Chief Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell charged Khalid Muhammad and Theodus Holloway as adults. Despite many wholes in the teenaged girl’s claims of rape, at trial, both defendants were found guilty, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. After having been released, they had to register as sex offenders.
In State of Florida vs. DeShon Thomas, Chief Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell actively participated in a 1st Degree Murder Plot—planned a Hit—on an African-American male defendant. DeShon, an African-American male, was 17-years-old, was attending Tallahassee Community College as a full-time freshman, and was working part-time at Taco Bell, when he was hastily arrested by a white man who had told DeShon and his mother that he was the Lead Detective with the Leon County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit. DeShon and his mother had gone down to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office after DeShon told his mother about the murders of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her 17-year-old brother. Without evidence, DeShon and his mother were locked in an interview room and were denied access to an attorney—despite having invoked their Miranda Rights—questioning and violations of DeShon and his mother’s persons proceeded. DeShon was charged with two counts of 1st degree murder. Despite having no evidence against DeShon, and with DeShon’s local private and 4 public defenders refusing to call out the corruption—particularly the fact that the white man that locked DeShon and his mother in an interview room, and then arrested DeShon was neither a Lead Detective nor a Detective with the Violent Crimes Unit, but a volunteer deputy—a wealthy friend of the Campbell family—allowed by both the sheriff and the state attorney’s office to perform outside of his scope of volunteerism, and above the assigned lead detective, who was a black female—forced to keep quiet about the white woman she had previously interviewed. The black lead detective and her team of investigators were never asked about the white woman, the white woman’s car or her sexual relationships with her black boyfriend, Trentin Ross, and DeShon. Mr. Ross who had no idea that his girlfriend had been sexually involved with DeShon, was angy. He was used as the key witness against DeShon.
Despite the victims having been discovered during the mid-morning hours on a weekday, the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office never went to the crime scene. The medical examiner testified that the victims’ time of death could not be determined. The trial judge allowed a lot of perjury by Leon County Sheriff’s officials to go to jurors.
Corruption in Tallahassee runs so rapidly, that when Jack Campbell was reported to Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Bar Organization, both agencies refused to investigate him—Don’t Ask, Won’t Tell. In fact, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard L. Swearingen’s twin brother, Robert Swearingen, was a captain for many years during the time Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was in office.
There are so many African-American males that have been wrongfully convicted in Florida’s prisons due to the corruption in Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit.
The Emmett Till case is closed.
Faculty at Florida State University, principals and staff at underserved Leon County Schools needs to put forth the energy to hold local government/community leaders accountable. A bonified program/ project needs to be established and enacted that will protect and strengthen communication with real law enforcement officials. Why should African-American male teenagers pretend that corrupt law enforcement official will never raid their homes while they and theirs family members prepare to attend their graduation ceremonies? Why should African-American male teenagers believe that if they and their mothers walk into the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and specifically ask to speak with a lead detective, that they will not be met by a “Pay-to-Play” — “Fake Cop?” No matter what a black males choice of career–Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)—as long as corruption rules in the streets and in state and local government (law enforcement and court officials)—advancements in Leon County Schools education pipeline will stay clogged.
The judicial system in Tallahassee, Florida is likened to that in Brunswick, Georgia before the video of the cold-blooded murder of Ahmaud Arbery surfaced. The online post of father and son–showing the mugshots of Travis McMichael and Greg McMichael states: “Remember—They weren’t arrested because cops saw the tapes, They were arrested because we saw the tapes.”
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