Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Groveland Four Update!

If you've read my new book, "Accidental Activist: Justice for The Groveland Four" which I co-authored with my son Josh, you will be happy to see that history is still being made and the story isn't over yet. 

This article came out today: https://www.wmfe.org/exoneration-for-the-groveland-four-state-leaders-call-on-desantis-to-sign-order/140993?fbclid=IwAR3trDBBJ3I8mWDbtyGauRIcV_DtvMPcs8Pme8DXnwaEwQ8TzRe_BmUM4kw

State leaders are calling on the DeSantis administration to exonerate four black men accused of raping a white woman in Lake County in 1949. 

The leaders will demonstrate today in Tallahassee with family members of the Groveland Four.  

The DeSantis administration pardoned the men earlier this year. But family members, along with Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, State Senator Gary Farmer and State Representative Geraldine Thompson say only exoneration fully acknowledges their innocence.

Commissioner Fried who is on the Clemency Board says exoneration is the only way to fully acknowledge the men’s innocence. 

“And a pardon is saying almost like you have been forgiven for the acts that you were convicted of. But an exoneration says you should have never been convicted or charged to begin with.”

State Representative Thompson says exonerating the men would set a precedent for criminal justice reform in the state. 

“It would mean that we are committed to righting a wrong, we’re committed to justice, and we’re committed to racial reconciliation.”

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