Ga. NAACP Demands New Inquiry Into De@th of Teen Found in Gym Mat
The NAACP planned to attend a rally on Saturday in Valdosta, Georgia demanding an investigation into the de@th of 17 year old Kendrick Johnson.
Lowndes County sheriff’s investigators have declared Johnson’s deαth on Jan. 11 was an accident, saying he couldn’t breathe once he fell into the mat, but a new autopsy by the family found that the teen suffered blunt force traµma. According to that autopsy, the teen expired due to “unexplained, apparent, non-accidental, blunt force traµma.”
The results of the independent autopsy conducted by the family was sent to the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the U.S . Attorney for Georgia’s Middle District and Lowndes County Coroner for further assessment. The Justice Department said it reviewed the case but found “insufficient cause” for a civil rights investigation.
“I went to school that morning because he didn’t come home that night and I know what was unusual for Kendrick not to call or not even come home,” said Jacquelyn Johnson, Kendrick’s mother. “The deputy that was on call…she came up to me and grabbed me and my daughter and hugged her and I asked her, ‘Was it my child?,’ and she said, ‘Yes.’”
Kendrick’s father says he became suspicious after viewing his son’s body.
“When I saw my son’s body and seen the condition he was in and the way he looked, I knew it wasn’t an accident,” Kenneth Johnson, Kendrick’s father, said.
EMTs who arrived on the scene also described bruising to Johnson’s neck in their report.
All I can say is that we lost another beautiful child in this crazy world we live in.