Will Gov. Rick Scott Right the Wrong Committed Against 'The Groveland Four'?
It's the governor's last chance to pardon the Groveland Four. It still isn't on the agenda.
In one of the many episodes from Florida's atrociously racist past, lawmakers finally wanted to correct an injustice committed against a group of four Black men known as "The Groveland Four."
In 2017, the Florida Legislature requested the state's Clemency Board, led by Gov. Rick Scott, to posthumously pardon four Black men who were falsely accused of raping a 17-year-old white woman and assaulting her husband in 1949.
Earnest Thomas, Charles Greenlee (then a minor at age 16), Samuel Shepherd and Walter Irvin are the young Black men who make up the "The Groveland Four."
Thomas fled and was killed by a posse several days later and 200 miles away; Greenlee, Shepherd and Irvin were arrested. They were beaten in jail to coerce confessions, but Irvin did not confess. The three survivors were convicted at trial by an all-white jury. Greenlee was sentenced to life because he was only 16 at the time of the crime; the other two were sentenced to death.
Shepherd would later be shot and killed in cold blood by a sheriff in Lake County, Florida, after he lied and said that Irwin and Shepherd tried to escape. Irvin survived the attack and informed the FBI that the two men were killed.
Irvin's case was retried and he was sentenced to life in prison by another all-white jury in 1951. He died in Lake County in 1969 after being paroled from prison a year prior.
In 2016, the City of Groveland, a suburb 30 miles outside of Orlando and Lake County each apologized to survivors of the four men for the injustices committed against them. The four were posthumously exonerated on April 18, 2017, by a resolution of the Florida House of Representatives. The state senate quickly passed a similar resolution, and lawmakers called on Florida Governor Rick Scott to officially pardon the men.
Scott and the other members of the Cabinet and Executive Clemency Board, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam have basically remained silent regarding the request. Scott has essentially regurgitated the same cookie-cutter statement, most recently last week, saying: "That all options were being reviewed."
"My expectations are really low," state Rep. Bobby DuBose, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat who sponsored the bill to exonerate the innocent men in 2017, said Monday morning.
Henrietta Irvin, Walter Irvin's now elderly sister, has expressed her need for the State of Florida to make the in justice right.
Author Gary Corsair who wrote the 2012 book "Legal Lynching: The Sad Saga of the Groveland Four" has maintained contact with Irvin's sister stated: "Henrietta Irving has gnarled hands that no longer work, a walker to get her from the bed to the bathroom, where her she cannot bathe herself, cases of Ensure to fill a stomach that's no longer interested in food, a rundown Section 8 house she can no longer clean … and the knowledge that her brother Walter was innocent."
"She only wants and needs one thing … the thing the State of Florida continues to withhold," he added. "The state of Florida hasn't gone the distance."
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Botham Jean, Jemel Roberson and Emantic Bradford Jr. were all minding their own business, not mouthing off, and they were shot dead by police. Sandra Bland questioned an officer and wound up dead in a jail cell.
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“All Black people have to do is stop mouthing off to police, do as they're told and they won't get shot"....
White people: pic.twitter.com/C7pf122BHm
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) December 2, 2018
People of color on Twitter commented that had it been them in the video, they would've had bullets in the chest by the time the truck passed:
I think that this should be allowed to be shown in the court room when white officers claim they fear for their lives because he clearly said that he would kill that officer now that would be a reason to fear for your life and yet that white man is not shot or is he dead hmmmmmmm
— Kellie Byrdsong (@ByrdsongKellie) December 3, 2018
I've literally seen Black men get manhandled and slapped around over a lot less
— aDORKable_me525 (@JayLaLa_RN) December 3, 2018
The second a black or Latin dude raises his hand and points is the second the cop pulls the trigger... this guy sure represents the power of being white ...
— Alberto Toribio (@ArealMac) December 2, 2018
Boy he would have emptied a clip in my chest for this
— Ahmadd (@amadafrink) December 2, 2018
There are studies that well document how Blacks have been treated differently by police. In the case traffic stops, whites were 57 percent more likely to be spoken to with respectful language, whereas Black drivers were 61 percent more likely to experience an exchange that was the least respectful. Officers language with the least respect included calling people, "dude, bro, boss, man, brotha, sista or chief".
FBI data found that U.S. police kill Black people at disproportionate rates: Black people accounted for 31 percent of police killing victims in 2012, even though they made up just 13 percent of the U.S. population. And 62.7 percent of unarmed people killed by police are Black.
Yet racists, and some conservatives believe the treatment is deserved because Blacks did something wrong.
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Reader Question: How does the video of the white man berating the white officer make you feel?
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