With a manufactured case, a racist District Attorney, and a city drenched in corruption, one Philadelphia boy broadens his search for justice.
In the worst case of black on black crime to hit the streets of Philadelphia in recent memory, the first African-American District Attorney of the nation’s fifth largest city has picked a fight with a black teen half his age and more than half his size.
Determined to lock away writer and aspiring professional basketball player Tomayo McDuffy for reminding him of himself, Seth Williams (D), with a duty to protect the innocent and prosecute the guilty, has stood by in silence as the legal system he spearheads aggressively attempts to imprison a young black male; making him prove his innocence, instead of Williams—and his cohort of Assistant District Attorney’s—proving his guilt.
In the Homlesburg section of one of the most corrupt cities in America, a blind woman named Maria Colon—or Christina Colon, according to the numerous “lamestream media” outlets that perverted the story—claimed two men in May of this year “kicked down the backdoor” and broke into her home at 3am in the morning, turning on all the pilots and, according to ADA Mark Gilson today in court, “leaving her to die by poisonous fumes or explosion.”
“Gilson exaggerated this morning, intensifying and dramatizing the ambiguous series of events. His demeanor switched from sympathetic to anger, it seemed as if it became personal for him,” says Edward Lloyd, a private investigator who along with activist Greg Brinkley has uncovered a wealth of evidence de-crediting the mentally-ill blind woman’s testimony, including the fact that Colon has an expired driver’s license.
Sweating corruption, Gilson today loudly proclaimed that Colon heard two voices conspiring to break into the three-story rowhome on the 4700 block of Marple Street and indentified one of them as McDuffy. Captain Bachemeyer of the 15th police district, however, stated on the air a few month ago that they’re no longer looking for the accomplice, adding, “Tomayo was an easy find.”
With still no motive presented by the prosecution as to why 18 year-old Tomayo McDuffy would want to blow up a home directly connected to his own, Judge Woelper on the 10th floor of the Criminal Justice Center today denied a motion to dismiss the case and scheduled pre-trial to begin on Tuesday, October 29th 2013, in room 1008 at 8am, with former Family Court Judge Alice “The Terminator” Dubow presiding.
Neither Lloyd nor Brinkley were surprised by the judge’s ruling today, as it seems to be a trend not just in the city of brotherly love, but everywhere Lady Liberty has a key to.
Lloyd says he was a young Tomayo and after working in the justice system he had to quit because of the things he saw.
“I never had faith in the justice system. I’ve been apart of it for years. I’ve seen things that just shouldn’t be. I’ve even opted into unemployment because of the horrid that takes place behind the curtain. Even if you report it and stand up for what’s right, you’re only one person, one voice, they can easily muffle the sound. When you’re ringing the alarm against injustice, unless you show numbers, it’s not going to happen,” explains Lloyd.
Empowered by his new bands of brothers, young McDuffy is now embracing the Mass Incarceration movement he represents and is ready to fight back.
Speaking exclusively to Techbook Online moments after court, McDuffy—who was offered a deal to serve 1 ½ – 3 years in state prison, but turned it down citing his innocence—is now demanding justice for him and all other young black males who’ve been wrongfully accused and have spent days, months and years locked away in the belly of the beast.
Standing with Brinkley, Lloyd and Racial Unity Founder and President Asa Khalif, McDuffy says “I want to march; I want to shut this city down and clear my name!”
Scheduled for Thursday, October 24th at 4pm, Tomayo McDuffy and his supporters will be in the streets of Philadelphia aiming to stop the flow of traffic to both the downtown corridors and the newly built state prisons.
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This post originally appeared at Techbook Online
Photo: Courtesy of C. Norris ©2013