From ALKQN Support
The following press statement was written by the Jorge Cornell and ALKQN Legal Defense Coalition and released through the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, NC.
The RICO Case Against Latin King Jorge Cornell:
Evidence Points to the “Abuse of State Power” and Revengeful Retaliation by the Greensboro Police
Several government documents have surfaced recently that reveal the failure of the U.S. Department of Justice ( DOJ) to conduct an investigation into a 22-page Civil Rights complaint that was filed on behalf of Mr. Jorge Cornell by Attorney Anita Earls, a former DOJ Attorney.
Attorney Anita Earls filed the Latin King Title VI complaint with the Justice Department in October 2010. In an attempt to follow up on the complaint, Mr. Cornell’s current attorney, Michael Patrick, made a Freedom of Information Act request and was told that there were no investigative documents because no investigation was done.
The DOJ is required to investigate civil rights complaints. Since an investigation into the police misconduct alleged in the complaint could yield exculpatory evidence for Mr. Cornell and the Latin Kings, the failure to attend to the Title VI complaint is an extremely serious violation of the standards and obligatory procedures of the Department of Justice.
Instead, about a year after the Title VI letter was filed by Attorney Earls, Mr. Cornell and over a dozen other members of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN) were handed criminal indictments under the RICO Act. Ironically, the complaint in which they had entered a detailed expose of local police malpractices and violations of their First Amendment Rights occasioned further infringement on their civil rights and, evidently, retaliation by the Greensboro Police Department, backed by the U.S. Justice Department. The 36-page federal indictment by the DOJ includes among its outrageous charges: murder, with no name of a person, no body, no missing person, no weapon, no date, no place, just allegations meant to frighten and drive people away from Mr. Cornell. (more…)