In discussing the Lowndes County court’s decision the Johnson family must repay nearly $900,000 in attorney fees for those they sued in connection with Kendrick’s death, mother Jackie Johnson summed it up: “It’s another slap in the face…
“It’s like we’re having to pay for my son being murdered.”
The Johnsons plan to re-file a lawsuit they dropped several months ago and as a result of a judge’s ruling, are unsure if they will be responsible for the lawyer fees associated with those proceedings.
Mrs. Johnson told Martin despite being unsure of the financial ramifications, “We’re not going to be distracted by what they’re trying to do.
“We will not let them silence us about our son’s murder…There is nothing they can do to stop us from pursuing this case. We’re going to take this case all the way through, no matter how many distractions they throw at us, or whatever they try to throw at us.
“We’re going to keep pushing, we’re going to find out what happened to Kendrick Johnson – who killed him.”
Watch Roland Martin, the Tom Joyner crew, and the parents of Kendrick Johnson discuss the judge’s decision in the video above.
This is Jaquavion Slaton, the 20-year-old who was was shot & killed by Fort Worth Police on Sunday. Community demanding release of body camera video, but FWPD hasn’t said when/if that will happen. #WFAApic.twitter.com/iakQyWrRCl
Continue reading 62 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
62 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
UPDATED: 9:54 a.m. EDT, July 2, 2019 --
Police shooting and killing Black males is all but a centuries-old American tradition among law enforcement in the U.S. But the fact that this apparent rite of police passage was still thriving in 2019 and expected to continue well into 2020 and beyond should give any American citizen pause as more and more names of Black males continue to be added to a growing list of victims with what seems like a new shooting every week.
Most recently, the country has seen the high-profile police shooting of Eric Logan, a Black man in South Bend, Indiana, where presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is mayor. His candidacy has helped bring publicity to a case that may have otherwise been lost in the news cycle. Less than a week before Logan was killed, police in Fort Worth, Texas, shot and killed JaQuavion Slaton in a hail of as many as 10 shots.
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Other victims' names include, but certainly, aren't limited to: Tamir Rice; Botham Shem Jean; E.J. Bradford; and Michael Brown.
As NewsOne continues covering these shootings that so often go ignored by mainstream media, the below running list Black men and boys who have been shot and killed by police under suspicious circumstances can serve as a tragic reminder of the danger they face upon being born into a world of hate that branded them as suspects since birth.