Racism Rules in Benton Harbor, MI

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 09:00

REV. PINKNEY GETS 2.5-10 YRS. AS COPS WILSON, PANTALEO WALK ON MIKE BROWN, ERIC GARNER MURDERS

By Diane Bukowski

December 16, 2014

Pinkney earlier convicted by all-white jury of five felony counts of “forgery under the Michigan election law”

Judge Schrock cites election honesty, while over 51 percent of Michigan’s Black residents have no real election rights

Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Michigan – As the world rises up against the acquittal of killer cops Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo in the racist slayings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Rev. Edward Pinkney, 66, a long-time fighter for Benton Harbor’s majority-Black and poor population, was sentenced to 2.5 to 10 years in prison Dec. 15 on five counts of “forgery under the Michigan election law.” 

“I have committed no crime, and unfortunately, if I had been anyone else, I wouldn’t be here,” Pinkney, his head held high, told Berrien County Judge Sterling Schrock.

After an all-white jury convicted him Oct. 3, Rev. Pinkney said, “I could not believe they could find me guilty without one piece of evidence. . . I thought the jurists would have enough heart, enough courage and righteousness to do the right thing. They didn’t just fail me. They failed everybody that lives in the city of Benton Harbor. Now everybody in Benton Harbor is in jeopardy. They are saying they don’t need evidence to send someone to prison.”

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