Philadelphia’s First African-American District Attorney Comes Under Fire After Mothers of Imprisoned Black Boys Demand Their Freedom
Shouting out the names of their sons, mothers whose black boys have fallen victim to the prison industrial complex, protested this afternoon in front of the District Attorney’s office, vowing to take their children back from the “grimy hands” of Seth Williams, Philadelphia first African-American District Attorney.
Inspired by the case of Tomayo McDuffy—the 18 year-old Holmesburg teen who many believe was wrongfully accused of breaking into his mentally-ill next-door neighbor’s three-story row-house and attempting to blow it up by turning on the gas—a group of teary-eyed, heart-broken parents, surrounded by activists and civil affairs police officers, made known to the democrat incumbent running for re-election that not only will he not be getting their vote, but they plan to engage in civil disobedience every day until their young men are released from the “belly of the beast.”
“We are the face of these young men and we are going to protect our boys no matter what,” says Nesheba Adams, mother of Tomayo McDuffy.
Those in attendance who grabbed the bullhorn to make their voice heard questioned the embattled District Attorney for dropping charges this week against Rev. Robert L. Brennan, the 75-year-old former Philadelphia Catholic priest charged in September with the rape of a Northeast altar boy from 1998 to 2001 when the boy was 11 to 14 years old.
Yelling at the top of his lungs, activist Asa Khalif states:
“Seth, Tomayo is innocent; you know it and I know it! The people put you in office and the people will take you out. You let a pedophile priest go but you’ll hold a young black man hostage to the system – you should be ashamed of yourself! Those at the top are on their way to hell and if I have any say in it I would push you straight into hell myself. You are a disgrace as a black man and as a man. You have a chance to redeem yourself, so redeem yourself black man, redeem yourself!”
Out on bail, McDuffy, a writer and aspiring professional basketball player, is set to go to pre-trial this Tuesday, October 29th at the Criminal Justice Center, 13th & Filbert Streets in Room 1008 at 8am.
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