From The Huffington Post: Powerful Images Show A World Where Verbal Abuse Leaves Physical Scars.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Weapon of Choice” is a photo project by photographer Richard Johnson that tries to show the relationship between verbal and physical abuse, especially among parents and children. | hurtwords.com

 

From The Huffington Post:

 

Powerful Images Show A World Where Verbal Abuse Leaves Physical Scars

 

 | by  Tyler McCarthy

 

What if verbal abuse left the same scars as physical abuse? Would it be taken more seriously? That’s what photographer Richard Johnson hopes to accomplish with his new photo project, “Weapon of Choice.”

 

The series uses a makeup artist to put bruises and scars on photo subjects. Embedded in these violent marks are some hateful words typically associated with abuse, such as “Stupid,” “Dumb,” “Trash” and others that are much, much worse.

 

“I think the overall goal [of Weapon of Choice], in my view, would be to shine a light on the fact that, when we’re focusing on bullying as a society, we focus on actual physical abuse,” Johnson said in a phone interview with The Huffington Post. “It gets a lot of attention when a father abuses his son, daughter or wife, but I think the issue goes back deeper. Before they actually choose to put their hands on someone, there’s more verbal abuse leading up to it.”

 

Johnson says that verbal abuse among peers is a problem in our society, but that, based on his own personal experience, verbal abuse from authority figures or parents is an underrepresented problem on which he wanted to focus.

 

He also feels there are three people involved in every abuse situation: The abuser, the abused and a witness.

 

“It’s bigger than me,” he said. “It’s not about photography or the photographer. It’s about a bigger issue that needs to be on people’s minds.”

 

WARNING: Photos contain images of violence and language that may be disturbing.

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call: Friday The 18th Of October


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – October 18, 2013

 

Friday, October 18 2013  All Times ET

 

11:15 AM: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

12:00 PM: The President meets with senior advisors, Oval Office.

 

 

2:00 PM: The President makes a personnel announcement, the nomination of Jeh Johnson to be the next secretary of Homeland Security The White House Rose Garden.

 

Obama To Name Jeh Johnson Next Homeland Security Secretary

 

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Born September 11, 1957

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Political party Democratic
Alma mater Morehouse College
Columbia University

 

Jeh Charles Johnson (born September 11, 1957) is an American civil, criminal trial lawyer, and General Counsel of the Department of Defense from 2009 to 2012 during the first Obama Administration. Johnson is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A.) and Columbia Law School(J.D.), and is grandson of noted sociologist and Fisk University president Dr. Charles S. JohnsonBarack Obama will nominate him to the post of Secretary of Homeland Security in October 2013.

 

Johnson’s first name (pronounced “Jay”) is taken from a Liberian chief, who reportedly saved his grandfather’s life while Dr. Johnson was on a League of Nations mission to Liberia in 1930.

 

 

 

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October 18, 2013 2:00 PM EDT

President Obama Makes a Personnel Announcement: the nomination of Jeh Johnson to be the next secretary of Homeland Security, The White House Rose Garden.

 

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Watch: The White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

 

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Press Briefing

October 17, 2013 | 1:00:51 |Public Domain

 

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

Vice President Biden Welcomes EPA Employees Back to Work

October 17, 2013 | 1:19 |Public Domain

 

With the government shutdown concluded, Vice President Biden welcomed employees of the EPA back to work and thanked them for all they do on behalf of the nation.

 

 

 

President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Letta of Italy

October 17, 2013 | 11:45 |Public Domain

 

In a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, President Obama and Prime Minister Enrico Letta of Italy highlight the strength of the U.S.-Italy relationship and discuss promoting economic growth and new jobs, their support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, cooperation within NATO, shared challenges in North Africa and the Middle East and other issues.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Reopening the Government

October 17, 2013 | 19:51 |Public Domain

 

In a statement from the State Dining Room of the White House, President Obama says that because Democrats and responsible Republicans came together, the first government shutdown in 17 years is now over and the first default in more than 200 years will not happen.

 

 

 

New Yorkers for de Blasio TV ad: “Attention”

 

 

 

Six of One – Obamacare vs. The Affordable Care Act

 

Published on Oct 1, 2013

Jimmy Kimmel Live – Six of One – Obamacare vs. The Affordable Care Act

 

 

 

Robert Redford: Racism drives some Obama critics

 

 

 

From ABC News:

 

Obama To Name Jeh Johnson Next Homeland Security Secretary

 

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President Obama is expected to nominate former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson as the next Homeland Security secretary, ABC News has learned.

 

The Department of Homeland Security has been without a Senate-confirmed leader for six weeks, and from the start some Republicans were calling on the administration to “swiftly” nominate a new secretary.

 

The White House has largely ignored such calls, as DHS has moved forward with top-agenda items even through the government shutdown. But now an announcement nominating Johnson is expected Friday afternoon, sources told ABC News.

 

“The president is selecting Johnson because he is one the most highly qualified and respected national security leaders, having served as the senior lawyer for the largest government agency in the world,” a senior administration official said. “During his tenure at the Department of Defense he was known for his sound judgment and counsel. “

 

For most of Obama’s first term, Johnson served as the Defense Department’s general counsel, reviewing and approving military operations before they were sent to the Defense Secretary and president for final decisions.

Johnson has called working for the Obama administration “the highlight of [his] professional life.”

“I have been on an incredible journey with Barack Obama … going back to November 2006 when he recruited me to the presidential campaign he was about to launch,” Johnson said in a speech at Yale Law School last year. “I remember thinking then, ‘This is a long-shot, but it will be exciting, historic, and how many times in my life will someone personally ask me to help him become president.’”

The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Tom Carper, D-Del., called Johnson’s expected nomination “welcome news,” adding that Johnson has a “wealth of experience” and would be considered by the committee “in a thorough and timely manner.”

Years earlier, during President Bill Clinton’s second term, Johnson served as general counsel to the U.S. Air Force, and nearly a decade before that he served as an assistant U.S. attorney, prosecuting federal crimes in the Southern District of New York.

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October 17th, 2013: White House Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama bids farewell to Prime Minister Enrico Letta of Italy outside the West Wing Lobby of the White House, Oct. 17, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama’s Letter Welcoming Federal Employees Back to Work After Shutdown

 

 

Vice President Biden Welcomes EPA Employees Back to Work

 

 

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

 

 

The Government Shutdown Is Over

 

 

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Young Kendrick Johnson: Kills Self By Blow To Back Of Head Then Crawls UP Inside A Rolled Up Gym Mat…So Say Authorities.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Young Kendrick Johnson. Murder or Accident?

 

I originally wrote this on  May 14, 2013 and now new evidence has come to light in this travesty of justice, which is more like injustice than anything else. Black life in AmeriKKKa is a worthless joke….it’s not justice but “JustUS.”

 

From ClutchMagazineOnline.

 

What Happened to Kendrick Johnson?

 

 

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Kendrick Johnson was found dead 110 days ago. The sophomore’s bruised and battered frame was hidden in a rolled-up mat in Georgia’s Lowndes High School’s gymnasium. Johnson’s parents believe he was murdered and are seeking answers and justice.

 

 

Authorities have ruled Kendrick Johnson’s death accidental, claiming Johnson was ensnared in the mat while attempting to retrieve a piece of clothing. A preliminary autopsy found no signs of struggle or injuries congruent with a murder. The case was closed soon after the autopsy results were released.

 

 

Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine issued this release Thursday- 

 

This morning Sheriff Prine, investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson and District Attorney J. David Miller and all met and participated in a conference call with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

In addition of the persons from Lowndes County, the call was attended by Doctor Maryanne Gaffney-Kraft, the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy of Kendrick Johnson in January, George Herring, Deputy Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation-Division of Forensic Sciences, Doctor Kris Sperry, Chief Medical Examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and representatives from the Forensic Biology section of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

During this call, the findings of recent forensic testing and the autopsy were relayed. Based on the findings of the investigation, physical evidence, forensic sciences and the autopsy, the death of Kendrick Johnson has been ruled as an accident as a result of positional asphyxia.

 

Although not previously released, Sheriff Prine stated that this investigation was very extensive and included the completion of multiple forensic tests, including DNA samples collected from the scene and the interview of over one hundred {100} persons, including students, teachers and other people who were identified as the investigation progressed.

 

Nothing learned during the investigation has indicated anything other than this was a tragic accident.

 

Sheriff Prine continued to express his sorrow for the family and hopes that with the release of the investigative findings, including the medical findings, the family can find the answers they seek and begin the healing process.

 

This explanation hasn’t persuaded Johnson’s father.Kenneth Johnson believes his son was murdered and left in the mat to be discovered.

 

“He was last seen third block going to fourth block, he was seen no more,” Johnson told the local news affiliate, WALB. “Then again, I want to express how did my son go missing during school hours in broad daylight? We know our son was murdered while he was at Lowndes High School. We do know that.”

 

A graphic photo shows Johnson with visible lacerations on his face. The coroner claims the injuries are due to all of the blood rushing to his head while he was attempting to escape the map.

 

These explanations are not satiating the Johnson’s quest for answers. His parents have requested a complete autopsy, but allege authorities have not been cooperative or transparent about their investigation. Lowndes High School’s administration refuses to release security camera footage of Johnson entering the gymnasium or what occurred in the moments prior to his death.

 

The sheriff’s department did not contact the coroner until six hours after Johnson’s body was discovered, leading speculation that evidence was either removed or tampered with prior to the notification of death. The coroner, Bill Watson, claims his investigation was compromised by the delay.

 

“This was not fair to the decedent, his family, and the citizens of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Ga. And it’s wrong as rain,” Watson told the Examiner.

 

He continued. “Well it compromises my investigation one hundred percent. I don’t know what the county did when they got there on the scene. The body had been moved. The scene, in my opinion, had been compromised.”

 

All of these missteps are prompting the Johnson family to continue probing for answers. On April 25, Johnson’s parents staged a demonstration at the Lowndes Judicial Complex in Valdosta, Georgia. Supporters chanted and held “No Justice, No Peace” signs before blocking the front door to the complex.

 

Johnson’s parents and five other supporters were arrested for civil obedience, but still plan to continue protesting until a resolution is reached.

 

A final autopsy was conducted, but the results haven’t been released by the GBI Crime Lab. The sheriff’s department has no approximate estimation for when the results will be available.

 

“We certainly would like to get it as fast as anybody but we don’t know when the GBI will be able to complete this testing,” Lt. Stryde Jones of the Lowndes Co. Sheriff’s Office told The Global Dispatch.

 

“We’re still waiting the final facts and to close it out prematurely and to make a premature decision would just be totally wrong, and we wouldn’t be doing justice to the family, to the community, or to ourselves as a law enforcement agency,” Jones explained.

 

Johnson’s father is still grieving. He asked local reporters, “How can you go on when you have a beloved child who wakes up everybody in the house and makes a laugh out of everything, how can you go on? It’s hard.”

 

However, the family’s mourning is not keeping them from seeking justice for Kendrick.

 

The question we must all continue to ask is: What happened to Kendrick Johnson?

 

Thank you ClutchMagazineOnline.

 

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The Results Are In: 17-Year-Old Kendrick Johnson’s Death Ruled An Accident 

 

After suspicion that their son was murdered and a call for further investigation, officials in Lowndes County, Ga. are finally announcing the anticipated autopsy results that will reveal the cause of Kendrick Johnson’s death.

 

According to WCTV:

Based on the findings of the investigation, physical evidence, forensic sciences and the autopsy, the death of Kendrick Johnson has been ruled as an accident as a result of positional asphyxia.

 

However, Kendrick’s family isn’t convinced.

 

The family believes Johnson was murdered. His body was found inside a rolled-up cheerleading mat in the old Lowndes High School gym January 11th. Investigators believe he was in the gym alone, reached into the mat to get something he dropped, and got stuck.

“I’m frustrated that my nephew was supposedly found in a mat, when that doesn’t make sense,” said Johnson’s Aunt, Stacy Roe.

 

Civil Rights activists with Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and The United Justice League led the rally, calling for a federal investigation.

 

“We want an independent investigation, lets just say by an agency with higher credentials than Lowndes County. There’s been a number of what we feel are inconsistencies, are mishandlings, and for that very reason is why we want another set of eyes,” said Atlanta’s National Action Network Chapter President, Marcus Coleman.

 

The family says they expected the autopsy report would rule the death as an accident. And they plan to keep rallying until federal investigators step in.

 

“When you have the body that’s been moved, when you have the Coroner’s Office being notified hours later, when you have the misplacement of his clothing, which could be a direct indicator of any evidence needed to move forward,” said Coleman.

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The Johnson and supporters of the KJ movement have continued to put pressure on local officials through peaceful assembly in a myriad of demonstrations throughout the month of April on the streets of downtown Valdostaand near the Courthouse. The Johnson and supporters of the KJ movement have continued to put pressure on local officials through peaceful assembly in a myriad of demonstrations

 

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This is a picture of Kendrick Johnson’s father trying to get himself into one of the mats they say Kendrick Johnson supposedly gotten himself stuck in. His father was trying to push himself into the mat & this is all he could get inside of the mat… Y’ALL BE THE JUDGE!!!

 

 

New developments in the Kendrick Johnson Case.

 

New photos in Ga. teen Kendrick Johnson’s death raise specter of foul play, report says

By ByIris Carreras & CBS News:

 

CBS) LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. – The body of  Georgia 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found in an athletic mat last January, a  death originally ruled an accident.

Now, new images suggest that it could have been something else, reports CNN.

 

Johnson’s body was reportedly found wedged into a rolled up wrestling mat at Lowndes County High School on January 11, and medical examiners had determined that he suffocated while reaching for a sneaker.

 

The teen’s family, who doubted the medical examiner’s findings, commissioned a second autopsy that concluded he died from non-accidental blunt force trauma, according to CBS affiliate WCTV.

 

In a new video and photos taken by the sheriff’s office and released by CNN, blood can reportedly be seen in several areas of the gym where Johnson was found. Blood streaks are also seen on a nearby wall but investigators reportedly said it wasn’t Johnson’s.

 

Harold Copus, an FBI agent turned private investigator, told CNN, “I don’t believe this was an accident. I think this young man met with foul play.”

 

CNN reports the Lowndes County Sheriff’s office refused to discuss the case saying it was closed.

 

Federal prosecutors in Georgia are now reportedly reviewing the photos to determine if another investigation is necessary.

 

Johnson’s father told CNN he believes his son was murdered.

 

Thank you CBS News.

 

 

What happened to Kendrick Johnson!

 

Published on May 10, 2013

Kendrick Johnson: Georgia Teen’s Family Waiting For Autopsy.

 

 

 

 

Kendrick Johnson Murder or Accident, Michael Baisden, Al Sharpton and Death at LCHS

 

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Part I. Autopsy, Kendrick Johnson Exhumed June 14, 2013

 

Published on Jun 15, 2013

June 14, 2013, 5:30 AM “Sunset Cemetery” Valdosta, Georgia.

 

 

 

Part II. Kindrick Johnson Auopsy, June 14, 2013

 

Published on Jun 15, 2013

June 14, 2013, 5:30 AM “Sunset Cemetery” Valdosta, Georgia.

 

 

 

Part III, and Conclusioin (June 14, 2013), KENDRICK JOHNSON

 

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June 14, 2013, 5:30 AM “Sunset Cemetery” Valdosta, Georgia.

 

 

 

See disturbing new evidence in Kendrick Johnson’s death

 

Published on Oct 8, 2013

Disturbing new evidence casts a new light on the death of high school student Kendrick Johnson. Victor Blackwell reports.

 

 

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Gym mat death shocker: Body stuffed with newspaper

 

By Victor Blackwell and Devon Sayers, CNN

 

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Valdosta, Georgia (CNN) – The death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was awful enough for his parents. Then came the doubts about investigators’ conclusion that it was an accident.

 

But the discovery that their son’s body and skull had been stuffed with newspaper before burial added a horrific new dimension to their anguish and further fueled their skepticism of the official findings.

 

“We have been let down again,” his father, Kenneth Johnson, told CNN. “When we buried Kendrick, we thought we were burying Kendrick, not half of Kendrick.”

 

Kendrick Johnson was found dead in a gym at Lowndes County High School in January. State medical examiners concluded that the three-sport athlete suffocated after getting stuck in a rolled-up gym mat while reaching for a sneaker.

 

Death was not accidental, family’s autopsy finds

 

His parents, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson, never have bought that explanation. They won a court order to have their son’s body exhumed and a second autopsy performed in June.

 

During an autopsy, internal organs are removed and examined before being returned for burial. But when Dr. Bill Anderson, the private pathologist who conducted the second autopsy, opened up the teen’s remains, the brain, heart, lungs, liver and other viscera were missing. Every organ from the pelvis to the skull was gone.

 

“I’m not sure at this point who did not return the organs to the body,” Anderson said. “But I know when we got the body, the organs were not there.”

 

Two entities had custody of Kendrick Johnson’s body after his death — the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which conducted the first autopsy in January; and the Harrington Funeral Home in Valdosta, which handled the teen’s embalming and burial.

 

GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang told CNN that after the autopsy, “the organs were placed in Johnson’s body, the body was closed, then the body was released to the funeral home.” That’s normal practice, Lang said.

 

The funeral home would not comment to CNN. But in a letter to the Johnsons’ attorney, funeral home owner Antonio Harrington said his firm never received the teen’s organs. Harrington wrote that the organs “were destroyed through natural process” due to the position of Kendrick Johnson’s body when he died, and “discarded by the prosector before the body was sent back to Valdosta.” A prosector dissects the body for pathological examination.

 

Scene points to foul play

 

Stuffing a body with old newsprint and department-store circulars — “like he was a garbage can,” as Jacquelyn Johnson put it — isn’t exactly standard practice in forensic pathology or the mortician’s trade. Vernie Fountain, the founder of a Missouri embalming school, called it “not consistent with the standards of care” in the industry. And Dr. Gregory Schmunk, the president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, told CNN, “I have never heard of this practice.”

 

Organs are typically placed in plastic bag, which is then put back into the body cavity after an autopsy, Schmunk told CNN in an e-mail. While individual organs may be kept back for further testing, he wrote, “This would not amount to all of the organs in any circumstance that I can imagine.”

 

Funeral homes are licensed by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, which has opened an investigation into how Johnson’s body was treated, said Jared Thomas, a spokesman for the agency.

 

Anderson, who was hired by the Johnson family for a second autopsy, found Kendrick Johnson had sustained a blow to the right side of his neck that was “consistent with inflicted injury.” Challenging the state autopsy’s finding of positional asphyxiation, he concluded the teen died as the result of “unexplained, apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma.”

 

And death scene imagery obtained exclusively by CNN has led a former FBI agent to question how Johnson died: “I think this young man met with foul play,” said Harold Copus, now an Atlanta private investigator.

 

Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine refused to discuss the matter with CNN, calling Johnson’s death a closed case. The U.S. Justice Department announced in September that it wouldn’t open a civil rights investigation into the case.

 

But federal prosecutors in south Georgia have met with the family’s representatives and are weighing whether to open their own probe, said Michael Moore, the U.S. attorney whose district includes Valdosta.

 

“This is about getting to the facts and the truth, and we want the Johnson family and the community of Valdosta to have confidence in the process,” Moore said. “I am cognizant of time, and we continue to move the process along.”

 

Moore urged anyone with information about Johnson’s death to contact his office. Johnson’s parents have come to believe their son’s death was no accident, and the macabre discovery about their son’s body has only deepened that belief.

 

“It’s unbearable, just about,” Jacquelyn Johnson said. “The only thing that wakes you up in the morning is to just keep pushing.”

 

CNN’s Mary Lynn Ryan contributed to this report.

 

Thank you  CNN.

 

Now I’m NOT a crime scene investigator but I do have common sense, and my common sense tells me Kendrick Johnson could not kill himself by a blow to the rear of HIS OWN head. Then proceed to crawl up inside of a rolled up gym mat.

 

And die of suffocation….after being dead form a self inflicted fatal blow to the back OF HIS OWN HEAD.

 

Or am I just crazy?

 

Black life means jack shit in The United States Of AmeriKKKa.

 

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Young Kendrick Johnson. Murder or Accident?


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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1 of 3. Kendrick Johnson Movement; Serenity Church; Al Sharpton NAN & Rally Valdosta, GA

 

 

 

 

2 of 3, Kendrick Johnson Death in Valdosta, Georgia May 3, Sharpton in Valdosta, GA.

 

 

 

 

 

3 of 3, Al Sharpton; Kendrick Johnson Death in Valdosta, Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

Al Sharpton National Action Network Vs. Valdosta-Lowndes County Open Records Info

 

 

 

 

From ClutchMagazineOnline.

 

What Happened to Kendrick Johnson?

 

 

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Kendrick Johnson was found dead 110 days ago. The sophomore’s bruised and battered frame was hidden in a rolled-up mat in Georgia’s Lowndes High School’s gymnasium. Johnson’s parents believe he was murdered and are seeking answers and justice.

 

 

Authorities have ruled Kendrick Johnson’s death accidental, claiming Johnson was ensnared in the mat while attempting to retrieve a piece of clothing. A preliminary autopsy found no signs of struggle or injuries congruent with a murder. The case was closed soon after the autopsy results were released.

 

 

Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine issued this release Thursday- 

 

This morning Sheriff Prine, investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson and District Attorney J. David Miller and all met and participated in a conference call with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

In addition of the persons from Lowndes County, the call was attended by Doctor Maryanne Gaffney-Kraft, the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy of Kendrick Johnson in January, George Herring, Deputy Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation-Division of Forensic Sciences, Doctor Kris Sperry, Chief Medical Examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and representatives from the Forensic Biology section of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

During this call, the findings of recent forensic testing and the autopsy were relayed. Based on the findings of the investigation, physical evidence, forensic sciences and the autopsy, the death of Kendrick Johnson has been ruled as an accident as a result of positional asphyxia.

 

Although not previously released, Sheriff Prine stated that this investigation was very extensive and included the completion of multiple forensic tests, including DNA samples collected from the scene and the interview of over one hundred {100} persons, including students, teachers and other people who were identified as the investigation progressed.

 

Nothing learned during the investigation has indicated anything other than this was a tragic accident.

 

Sheriff Prine continued to express his sorrow for the family and hopes that with the release of the investigative findings, including the medical findings, the family can find the answers they seek and begin the healing process.

 

 

 

This explanation hasn’t persuaded Johnson’s father. Kenneth Johnson believes his son was murdered and left in the mat to be discovered.

 

“He was last seen third block going to fourth block, he was seen no more,” Johnson told the local news affiliate, WALB. “Then again, I want to express how did my son go missing during school hours in broad daylight? We know our son was murdered while he was at Lowndes High School. We do know that.”

 

A graphic photo shows Johnson with visible lacerations on his face. The coroner claims the injuries are due to all of the blood rushing to his head while he was attempting to escape the map.

 

These explanations are not satiating the Johnson’s quest for answers. His parents have requested a complete autopsy, but allege authorities have not been cooperative or transparent about their investigation. Lowndes High School’s administration refuses to release security camera footage of Johnson entering the gymnasium or what occurred in the moments prior to his death.

 

The sheriff’s department did not contact the coroner until six hours after Johnson’s body was discovered, leading speculation that evidence was either removed or tampered with prior to the notification of death. The coroner, Bill Watson, claims his investigation was compromised by the delay.

 

“This was not fair to the decedent, his family, and the citizens of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Ga. And it’s wrong as rain,” Watson told the Examiner.

 

He continued. “Well it compromises my investigation one hundred percent. I don’t know what the county did when they got there on the scene. The body had been moved. The scene, in my opinion, had been compromised.”

 

All of these missteps are prompting the Johnson family to continue probing for answers. On April 25, Johnson’s parents staged a demonstration at the Lowndes Judicial Complex in Valdosta, Georgia. Supporters chanted and held “No Justice, No Peace” signs before blocking the front door to the complex.

 

Johnson’s parents and five other supporters were arrested for civil obedience, but still plan to continue protesting until a resolution is reached.

 

A final autopsy was conducted, but the results haven’t been released by the GBI Crime Lab. The sheriff’s department has no approximate estimation for when the results will be available.

 

“We certainly would like to get it as fast as anybody but we don’t know when the GBI will be able to complete this testing,” Lt. Stryde Jones of the Lowndes Co. Sheriff’s Office told The Global Dispatch.

 

“We’re still waiting the final facts and to close it out prematurely and to make a premature decision would just be totally wrong, and we wouldn’t be doing justice to the family, to the community, or to ourselves as a law enforcement agency,” Jones explained.

 

Johnson’s father is still grieving. He asked local reporters, “How can you go on when you have a beloved child who wakes up everybody in the house and makes a laugh out of everything, how can you go on? It’s hard.”

 

However, the family’s mourning is not keeping them from seeking justice for Kendrick.

 

The question we must all continue to ask is: What happened to Kendrick Johnson?

 

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The Results Are In: 17-Year-Old Kendrick Johnson’s Death Ruled An Accident 

 

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After suspicion that their son was murdered and a call for further investigation, officials in Lowndes County, Ga. are finally announcing the anticipated autopsy results that will reveal the cause of Kendrick Johnson’s death.

 

According to WCTV:

Based on the findings of the investigation, physical evidence, forensic sciences and the autopsy, the death of Kendrick Johnson has been ruled as an accident as a result of positional asphyxia.

 

However, Kendrick’s family isn’t convinced.

The family believes Johnson was murdered. His body was found inside a rolled-up cheerleading mat in the old Lowndes High School gym January 11th. Investigators believe he was in the gym alone, reached into the mat to get something he dropped, and got stuck.

“I’m frustrated that my nephew was supposedly found in a mat, when that doesn’t make sense,” said Johnson’s Aunt, Stacy Roe.

 

 

Civil Rights activists with Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and The United Justice League led the rally, calling for a federal investigation.

 

“We want an independent investigation, lets just say by an agency with higher credentials than Lowndes County. There’s been a number of what we feel are inconsistencies, are mishandlings, and for that very reason is why we want another set of eyes,” said Atlanta’s National Action Network Chapter President, Marcus Coleman.

The family says they expected the autopsy report would rule the death as an accident. And they plan to keep rallying until federal investigators step in.

“When you have the body that’s been moved, when you have the Coroner’s Office being notified hours later, when you have the misplacement of his clothing, which could be a direct indicator of any evidence needed to move forward,” said Coleman.

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The Johnson and supporters of the KJ movement have continued to put pressure on local officials through peaceful assembly in a myriad of demonstrations throughout the month of April on the streets of downtown Valdostaand near the Courthouse. The Johnson and supporters of the KJ movement have continued to put pressure on local officials through peaceful assembly in a myriad of demonstrations

 

 

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Kendrick Johnson (Bottom) looks the same as Emmett Till 2 days after he was found (On Jan. 11, 2013) deceased at Lowndes High School, but the Sheriff say that no foul play was involved…THE DEVIL IS A LIE!!!…The Johnson family needs the TRUTH AND JUSTICE!!!

 

 

 

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This is a picture of Kendrick Johnson’s father trying to get himself into one of the mats they say Kendrick Johnson supposedly gotten himself stuck in. His father was trying to push himself into the mat & this is all he could get inside of the mat… Y’ALL BE THE JUDGE!!!

 

 

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Black History Moment: Black American Artist, Mr. William Johnson


By Jueseppi B.

 

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One of William Johnson’s many self portraits.

 

 

William Henry Johnson (March 18, 1901–1970) was an African American painter born in Florence, South Carolina, and is becoming more widely recognized as one of the greatest American artists of the 20th Century. He became a student at the Nation Academy of Design in New York. As his style evolved from realism to expressionism to a powerful folk style (for which he is best known), his work always evokes transitory and sublime sensations, that have been often mimicked but never matched. Without question, he has widened the perimeter of how the Negro historical experience will be remembered and how it will be defined in the future.

 

 

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In 1944 his wife, Holcha Krake, a Danish textile artist whom he met in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, died from breast cancer. To deal with his grief, he took work in a Navy Yard, and in 1946 left for Denmark to be with his wife’s family. Johnson soon fell ill himself, from the effects of advanced syphilis, and returned to New York in 1947 to enter the Central Islip State Hospital on Long Island, where he spent the remainder of his life. He stopped painting in 1956 and died on January 1, 1970.

 

Before his death he donated all of his work to the National Museum of American Art, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2006, the Smithsonian American Art Museum organized and circulated a major exhibition of his works, William H. Johnson’s World on Paper. The exhibition traveled to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in 2007.

 

 

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Street Musicians (1939-1940), by William H. Johnson.

 

 

 

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Self-portrait, ca. 1930-1935

 

 

 

Known for distinctive modernist images of African American life, William Johnson died destitute and deranged from syphilis, having spent the last twenty-three years of his life in the Central Islip Sate Hospital on Long Island.  He stopped painting in 1956.

 

One of his chief sponsors and exhibitors for his art was the New York Harmon Foundation, which, in 1929, presented him the “Award for Distinguished Achievements Among Negroes in the Fine Arts Field.” Most of his work was h (showing 500 of 6965 characters).

 

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In 1947, he was committed to an institution as a result of a mental breakdown. Three years before his death, he donated all of his work to the National Museum of American Art. His collection consists of hundreds of watercolors, oil, and drawings done with Constructivist and African tribal influence.

 

Some said he died of a broken heart.

 

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Johnson was not a self-taught or outsider artist. At age 17, Johnson moved to New York City, where he supported himself by working as a cook, hotel porter, and stevedore. In September 1921, he enrolled at the School of the National Academy of Design (NAD). Between 1923-1926, during the academic year he studied with Charles W. Hawthorne at the NAD and during the summers at The Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

 

 

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William H. Johnson (American artist, 1901-1970) Lil’ Sis

 

 

In 1926, Johnson sailed to Paris to study art. He worked as a custodian to make ends meet. Over the next few years, he held exhibits in France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium. In 1930, Johnson married Danish textile artist Holcha Krake. Johnson and his wife worked in countries throughout Europe; and in 1932, the couple arrived in Tunisia, where Johnson hoped to learn more about his African heritage. After a 3 month stay, they returned to Denmark via France.

 

 

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William H. Johnson (American artist, 1901-1970) Mom and Dad 1944

 

 

 

During the next couple of years the Johnsons visited Norway and Sweden, where they continued to exhibit their art. The couple spent most of the ’30s in Scandinavia, where Johnson’s interest in primitivism and folk art began to have a noticeable impact on his work.

 

 

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William H. Johnson (American artist, 1901-1970) Farm Couple at Well 1939-40 Print

 

 

 

Johnson’s bold, rough woodcuts from the 1930s, inspired by German expressionist woodcutting techniques, distinguish his prints from the work of most other American artists, who used more traditional methods of printmaking. The materials he used for making relief prints were readily available: scrap lumber or a piece of linoleum.

 

 

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William H. Johnson (American artist, 1901-1970) Deep South 1940-41 Print

 

 

After he and his wife returned to the United States in 1938, Johnson continued to produce relief prints. He also began to experiment with serigraphy. While many American artists of his generation created multiple impressions of a single image, Johnson often varied the image from one impression to the next. His prints, like his paintings, reveal the development of his distinctive artistic language to express powerful narrative, emotional, and symbolic content.

 

Back in the US, Johnson immersed himself in the traditions of the African-American community, producing work characterized by its stunning, eloquent, folk art simplicity. Like Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, Johnson began probing the black experience, drawing imagery from his rural southern childhood and from Harlem’s upbeat urban ambiance  A Greenwich Village resident, he became a familiar figure on the New York art scene.

 

Although Johnson enjoyed a certain degree of success as an artist in this country and abroad, financial security remained elusive. William H. Johnson taught painting for a short period of time at the Harlem Community Art Center. The Metropolitan Museum of Art included his work of black soldiers in its 1942 exhibit Artists for Victory.

 

By the time of his death in 1970, he had slipped into obscurity. After his death, his entire life’s work was almost disposed of to save storage fees; but it was rescued by friends at the last moment. Over 1000 paintings by Johnson are now part of the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

 

 

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William H. Johnson (American artist, 1901-1970) Chain Gang 1939

 

 

 

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William H. Johnson (American artist, 1901-1970) Cafe 1939

 

 

To see more of this amazing artist’s work, visit:

American Artist William H Johnson 1901-1970 – From the Deep South to New York to Europe & Back

 

 

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