The publishing group Negate City just released a new pamphlet about the case against Jorge Cornell and the NC Latin Kings. If you are unfamiliar with the racist background of the Greensboro Police Department or the gang truce work of the NC Latin Kings then this pamphlet would be a good place to start. This is also a great pamphlet to make copies of and pass out to your friends and family to let them know what the federal government is trying to do to these men. You can find the zine here.
Tag Archive: Jorge Cornell
From ALKQN Support
We have less than a month before trial begins on October 15th, and we finally have a We Pay account up and running. Please consider donating any amount to help keep our legal line on, the defendants canteens full, and to help contribute to the fund for gas money and postage that is a weekly expense of doing legal defense support work. Keep checking back for a list of events we will be hosting in Greensboro leading up to the trial and for more information for showing up to the Winston-Salem Federal Courthouse on Monday, October 15th.
The Defense Coalition
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…)
A Statewide Conference: Our Responsibility to Oppose The Abuse of State Power “Moving Together Towards a More Humane Society”
Several North Carolina-based grassroots organizations are organizing a day-long summit about the abuse of state power in the United States and our responsibility as people living in communities across our state to organize. Our objective is to help build a powerful movement to create a more humane, just society. All are welcome to come and participate in a broad-ranging discussion of issues including: racially-targeted mass incarcerations; increasing attacks and repression against Latinos and Muslims; torture and extraordinary rendition; police brutality, misconduct and corruption; solitary prison confinement as torture; repression of dissent, abuse of the RICO statute, and other related issues. (more…)