A “Justice for KJ” rally was held at the Serenity Christian Church in Valdosta, GA.
Last week I marched and rallied with the young people of Valdosta Georgia to get answers to Kendrick Johnson 17-year-old student KJ was found dead bruised and battered. His body was found hidden in a rolled-up mat in Georgia’s Lowndes High School’s gymnasium.
I have rallied and marched with a lot of communities, this one I different was different. They young people were filled with a determination that I have not seen. This community is sticking together. National Action Network along with college students from Clark and Morehouse drove to rally with the family. Rev, Al Sharpton came and gave his support.
I do not agree with authorities ruling his death accidental, claiming Johnson was ensnared in the mat while attempting to retrieve a piece of clothing.
The question we all must all continue to ask is: What happened to Kendrick Johnson?
We are rallying for justice to find the truth in the circumstances leading to the disappearance and the resulting death of Kendrick Johnson. We saw several inconsistencies in Sheriff Prine’s investigation and disagree with GBI findings that seem to support Sheriff Prine’s story. There are several inconsistencies that the autopsy failed to answer.
First, the autopsy report states that the cause of death was positional asphyxia, which is in plain English, suffocation due to being in a certain position, in this case, being upside down for an extended period of time. However, the most common examples of positional asphyxia involve restraint techniques similar to those applied by police and prison guards to restrain a person.
Consequently, since there was allegedly no eyewitness to what happened, why was being choked to death not considered, as opposed to an accident, not considered?
Secondly, an expert has advised us that the condition and weight of the lungs is inconsistent with someone who was to have been upside down for a period of at least two hours, and as a result, died of suffocation.
Thirdly, since the reports state that he was trying to retrieve a shoe when he fell down the hole in the mat, where are the shoes, and more importantly, as well as the rest of his clothing? As you know, clothing tend to collect trace evidence, such as fibers, DNA and other materials.
Fourth, Kendrick’s cellular telephone is missing. And if his earbuds were damaged, why is is not indicative of a struggle or theft?
Lastly, the blood evidence at the scene of where his body was found shows that someone else’s blood was also present, and equally as odd, the autopsy report does not identify whose blood it is. Question : how can you include that this was an accident involving Kendrick getting stuck in a mat because there was no one else around to help him out of that position?
We have asked Sheriff Prine for an independent investigation. He failed to comply. Then the state of Georgia produced this autopsy report that is flawed on its face. Now we are calling on the justice department to intervene and conduct a full, thorough and independent investigation. And we will not stop until we get justice!