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Nyamodi Youth Case Takes Violent Turn: Mother Of Jailed North Carolina Youth Beaten And Arrested By Dunn Police

It’s a story with so many angles and sub plots that’s hard to image occurring in 2014, but the realization that cops can simply arrest American citizens at a whim without provocation is continuously developing into a growing problem. A North Carolina family has become the target of what can only be characterized as police corruption, and abuse of authority. Nearly two years ago a young recent high school grade name Shannon Nyamodi found himself embroiled in the criminal justice system after being charged with a violent crime, where police allege that he shot Rhonda MacClean in the face at point blank range, and robbed her of nearly $65,000.oo dollars. The youth was taken into custody when it seemed that police officials had just began their investigation. Although cops were initially told that young Shannon wasn’t the perpetrator of the shooting, witnesses telling police that a white male had fled the scene shortly after the shooting, and Shannon having never left the scene, he still somehow was subsequently charged with the crime.

The criminal case file at the Franklin County court house paints a very disturbing picture depicting how police, prosecutors, and judges have all mishandled the Nyamodi youth case, while violating state and constitutional law along the way. Mean while Shannon has had his case removed from the court’s management system docket altogether while he remains locked up in a county jail cell. Shannon has been locked up for over eighteen months now and most of that time has been spent in a segregated housing classification, which means his movement is limited, and typically only permits him to leave his cell for an hour every day. To compound his plight, jail authorities have denied Shannon access to his family by not allowing him to see his mother. His isolation and denial of contact with family has raised serious concern regarding his mental health. Research has proven that such confinement can cause permanent brain damage within days, and his family has been frantically attempting to secure his release

Ms. Elizabeth Crudup (Shannon’s mother) has been her son’s strongest advocate and has single handedly launched a campaign to bring exposure to her son’s story. Her efforts has garnered national attention from blogs, radio stations, and other media from Connecticut to Louisiana. However, her efforts have come at a price. Despite her family having lost $50,000.00 dollars to the inept law firm Cheshire, Parker, Schneider, and Bryan, who essentially have done nothing for Shannon but allow him to rot in jail, this mother has apparently become a target of the police in municipalities other than where her son was arrested. Some of the peculiar circumstances in her son’s case are so blatant, that Crudup has been constantly advised to take extra precautionary measures to insure her personal safety. She has to drive hundreds of miles within various counties to carry out business pertaining to her son’s case, and it’s widely believe that the rural backdrop in the region could prove to be hazardous when considering that police corruption is what landed her son in jail in the first place.

On Thursday March 14, 2014 at approximately 6:45 a.m. fears regarding Ms. Crudup’s personal safety manifested itself into a violent encounter with a police officer from her hometown in Dunn, North Carolina. Crudup and her boyfriend had driven to a local restaurant, legally parked their car, and were seated in the car discussing which establishment they wanted to have breakfast. Out of nowhere, a Dunn city police officer who was identified as officer Wise, suddenly emerged and began banging on the driver’s side widow with a flashlight demanding that Ms. Crudup get out of the vehicle. She inquired from the officer what was going on and asked why she needed to get out of her car. The officer continuously demanded for her to exit the car. Crudup tells TPC that she became freighten due to the agitated nature of the officer’s demands. So, she requested that the officer have a supervisor respond to the location. The officer continued to request for her to get out, and began to demand that she present her I.D. Crudup remained in the car and the officer began to threaten her and stated, “if you don’t get out of the car I will drag you out.”

Ms. Crudup says that although she was afraid of the officer, didn’t understand why he had approached her in the first place, that she complied with his request and got out of her vehicle while keeping her hands in plain sight so the officer could see them. Once she was out of the car, she says that the officer immediately grabbed her, spun her around, grabbing her by the back of her pants with one hand and by the back of her neck with the other, and began violently slamming her into the car multiple times. Ms. Crudup says that she repeatedly asked what she had done and asked why she was being beat up. The officer slammed her into the car several more times. Another Dunn police officer arrived on the scene and intervened. Ms. Crudup says that the officer was carrying a flashlight but placed it on the hood of the car and got between her and officer Wise in an effort to stop the assault that was being inflicted upon her. Crudup says Wise began to slam her against the hood of the car again, and even slammed her with the other officer’s arm and the flashlight between her and the hood of the vehicle.

Crudup says that Wise then placed her into handcuffs and escorted her to his police cruiser. She says that while going to the police car, she felt a firm object being pushed into her back. Wise placed her in the front seat of the cruiser and then got inside on top of her. Crudup says Wise was a very large man and had his knees on her lap. She turned to the side and asked one of the other officers present why he was on top of her like this because she wasn’t resisting or trying to get away. Crudup says the officer who was just observing, said nothing and just looked away from her. Crudup said that Wise began to transport her to jail, but didn’t take her to a Dunn police facility which was less than ten minutes away, but drove her to the Harnett County Sheriff Department in Lillington, North Carolina which was 45 minutes away. Crudup says that her ride was the scariest moment she has ever encountered in her life, as Wise took her down long, narrow, and whining roads. She says Wise continuously taunted her asking, “so you think your a lawyer huh?” She said that his language was so abusive toward her that she began to tuned him out, and was trying to concentrate on surviving this horrific ordeal. She admitted that she was in fear for her life because Wise appeared unpredictable and capable of doing anything to her.

Officer Wise’ comments regarding Crudup thinking that she was a lawyer perhaps may be very telling as to why he approached her, physically assaulted her, and arrested her without merit. Crudup says she believes the Lawyer comment was a reference to the legal documents that she has filed on her son’s behalf for the criminal charges he faces. On her way to the county jail Crudup asked Wise “why did you beat me up?” She said that Wise stated “because you were trying to hurt me.” Crudup then said she sarcastically asked Wise when did she do that to him because it wasn’t back at the scene where she had been arrested and beaten by him, and she said that Wise told her “I misspoke.” During the ride to the county jail Crudup also said that Wise never informed her as to why he approached her, what laws she may have broken, and never said what she was being charged with. Upon their arrival at the Harnett County jail, Crudup says that Wise ordered her out of the car, but she said she refused to get out because the jail was in a very secluded area and was afraid of what Wise might do to her. She said that Wise threatened to drag her out of the car again if she didn’t comply. She said that she requested for a female officer to come and bring her inside of the building because her pants had come loose and were down as a result of the violent way Wise had slammed her into the car, and very physical manner that he placed her into the police cruiser.

Crudup says that Wise made a radio transmission over his police radio and several Harnett County Sheriff deputies came running out of the building to the cruiser where she was. One of the female deputies came up to her and asked what was going on, and Crudup requested that she be allowed to simply pull up her pants and told the deputy that she was afraid of Wise. The female deputy got her out of the police car, pulled her pants up and fastened them for her, and remained with Ms. Crudup during her entire booking process. In fact Crudup told TPC that all of the Harnett County officials she encountered were extremely professional and treated her with courtesy and dignity. Crudup says that Wise went into the booking area and began speaking with the magistrate on duty. She was unable to hear their conversation, but once she was taken before the court official, she was finally advised that she was being charged with resisting arrest and that her bond would be $500.00 dollars. She said that Harnett County officials were kind enough to allow her to make calls to secure payment of her bond, and subsequently made bail around 4:00 p.m. that same day.

Upon the arrival of her friends Crudup learned that her car had been impounded. The male friend who was with her when the incident occurred had been ordered away from the scene, and once he was gone her vehicle was towed away even though it was lawfully parked in the lot of the Holiday Inn hotel in Dunn. When she went to the Dunn police department to inquirer where her car had been towed, she was initially told that her vehicle was at an impound lot somewhere in Dunn, but police officials checked and determined that her car had been taken to the town of Benson, North Carolina several towns away. TPC has learned that Dunn police has a rotating roster for various tow companies, and the company who towed Ms. Crudup’s car wasn’t on the list for that day. Additionally, the town of Benson North Carolina potentially poses even more problems for her. The cost to retrieve her car is $320.00 dollars, but it’s actually located in a town where blacks seldom venture. Benson is actually in Johnston County an known Klu Klux Klan strong hold. For years stories have been told about the famous billboard sign that greets motorist traveling up U.S. 401 into that county. Take a look at the billboard below:

Johnston-County-NC-Ku-Klux-Klan-Sign

Klu Klux Klan billboard advertisement posted on U.S. 401 entering Johnston County, North Carolina.

 

The billboard is a very alarming reality and speaks volumes about some parts of North Carolina’s social climate in 2014. Ms. Crudup says that she can’t ever recall anyone who has had their vehicle impounded in the town of Dunn being taken to a tow yard several towns away like her car had been. The entire incident has caused Ms. Crudup to flee her home and she is now at an unknown location. She tells TPC that she is never going back because she is afraid of what police may do to her. She has only had one personal encounter with the law in her life, and that was during a demonstration in which she participated in a protest for fair housing. The protesters were ceremoniously arrested and let go a very short time later. Baring her participation in that demonstration which only amounts to her exercising her right to free speech, Ms. Crudup has no prior criminal past.

The entire ordeal that landed this mother in a county jail after being physically assaulted and beaten by a Dunn police officer is extremely disturbing. It appears that officer Wise may have followed Ms. Crudup from her home to the location where the incident occurred. It was during the early morning hours, not very well lighted on the streets, and the manner in which Wise approached her while she was completely off guard illustrates that this may have been planned. The fact that Wise beat this woman for no reason  also demonstrates that he is a cowardice scumbag cop who is a disgrace to uniformed law enforcement officials everywhere. An unprovoked attack on this woman coupled with her having been charged with resisting arrest without a premise for her even being arrested in the first place tends to point to some sort of intimidation tactic by this police officer.

It’s also unclear why a municipal police officer would transport a prisoner charged with a crime in his jurisdiction three towns away for booking and processing at a county jail. In many rural areas the police agencies aren’t big enough for the town to have a jail and prisoners are transported to a county lockup in those instances, but the town of Dunn has it’s own jail. Officer Wise having gone into the booking area to speak to the magistrate himself personally, further creates suspicion that what happened to Ms. Crudup was not only planned, but perhaps sanctioned by some higher authority. Apparently, Wise was also behind the impound of Ms. Crudup’s vehicle. Her car was legally parked at the Holiday Inn and having it towed seems to only serve the purpose of further harassing her. Then again, sending her car to such a historically racially charged location several towns away may in fact be a message from the Klu Klux Klan. Why on earth would a police agency permit a tow company from another county take business away from tow companies in it’s own county? No one is fooled by these antics. No one is afraid, and the day of reckoning for these backwards racist North Carolinians is coming.

To Be Continued

 

 

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It’s a story with so many angles and sub plots that’s hard to image occurring in 2014, but the realization that cops can simply arrest American citizens at a whim without provocation is continuously developing into a growing problem. A North Carolina family has become the target of what can only be characterized as police corruption, and abuse of authority. Nearly two years ago a young recent high school grade name Shannon Nyamodi found himself embroiled in the criminal justice system after being charged with a violent crime, where police allege that he shot Rhonda MacClean in the face at point blank range, and robbed her of nearly $65,000.oo dollars. The youth was taken into custody when it seemed that police officials had just began their investigation. Although cops were initially told that young Shannon wasn’t the perpetrator of the shooting, witnesses telling police that a white male had fled the scene shortly after the shooting, and Shannon having never left the scene, he still somehow was subsequently charged with the crime.

The criminal case file at the Franklin County court house paints a very disturbing picture depicting how police, prosecutors, and judges have all mishandled the Nyamodi youth case, while violating state and constitutional law along the way. Mean while Shannon has had his case removed from the court’s management system docket altogether while he remains locked up in a county jail cell. Shannon has been locked up for over eighteen months now and most of that time has been spent in a segregated housing classification, which means his movement is limited, and typically only permits him to leave his cell for an hour every day. To compound his plight, jail authorities have denied Shannon access to his family by not allowing him to see his mother. His isolation and denial of contact with family has raised serious concern regarding his mental health. Research has proven that such confinement can cause permanent brain damage within days, and his family has been frantically attempting to secure his release

Ms. Elizabeth Crudup (Shannon’s mother) has been her son’s strongest advocate and has single handedly launched a campaign to bring exposure to her son’s story. Her efforts has garnered national attention from blogs, radio stations, and other media from Connecticut to Louisiana. However, her efforts have come at a price. Despite her family having lost $50,000.00 dollars to the inept law firm Cheshire, Parker, Schneider, and Bryan, who essentially have done nothing for Shannon but allow him to rot in jail, this mother has apparently become a target of the police in municipalities other than where her son was arrested. Some of the peculiar circumstances in her son’s case are so blatant, that Crudup has been constantly advised to take extra precautionary measures to insure her personal safety. She has to drive hundreds of miles within various counties to carry out business pertaining to her son’s case, and it’s widely believe that the rural backdrop in the region could prove to be hazardous when considering that police corruption is what landed her son in jail in the first place.

On Thursday March 14, 2014 at approximately 6:45 a.m. fears regarding Ms. Crudup’s personal safety manifested itself into a violent encounter with a police officer from her hometown in Dunn, North Carolina. Crudup and her boyfriend had driven to a local restaurant, legally parked their car, and were seated in the car discussing which establishment they wanted to have breakfast. Out of nowhere, a Dunn city police officer who was identified as officer Wise, suddenly emerged and began banging on the driver’s side widow with a flashlight demanding that Ms. Crudup get out of the vehicle. She inquired from the officer what was going on and asked why she needed to get out of her car. The officer continuously demanded for her to exit the car. Crudup tells TPC that she became freighten due to the agitated nature of the officer’s demands. So, she requested that the officer have a supervisor respond to the location. The officer continued to request for her to get out, and began to demand that she present her I.D. Crudup remained in the car and the officer began to threaten her and stated, “if you don’t get out of the car I will drag you out.”

Ms. Crudup says that although she was afraid of the officer, didn’t understand why he had approached her in the first place, that she complied with his request and got out of her vehicle while keeping her hands in plain sight so the officer could see them. Once she was out of the car, she says that the officer immediately grabbed her, spun her around, grabbing her by the back of her pants with one hand and by the back of her neck with the other, and began violently slamming her into the car multiple times. Ms. Crudup says that she repeatedly asked what she had done and asked why she was being beat up. The officer slammed her into the car several more times. Another Dunn police officer arrived on the scene and intervened. Ms. Crudup says that the officer was carrying a flashlight but placed it on the hood of the car and got between her and officer Wise in an effort to stop the assault that was being inflicted upon her. Crudup says Wise began to slam her against the hood of the car again, and even slammed her with the other officer’s arm and the flashlight between her and the hood of the vehicle.

Crudup says that Wise then placed her into handcuffs and escorted her to his police cruiser. She says that while going to the police car, she felt a firm object being pushed into her back. Wise placed her in the front seat of the cruiser and then got inside on top of her. Crudup says Wise was a very large man and had his knees on her lap. She turned to the side and asked one of the other officers present why he was on top of her like this because she wasn’t resisting or trying to get away. Crudup says the officer who was just observing, said nothing and just looked away from her. Crudup said that Wise began to transport her to jail, but didn’t take her to a Dunn police facility which was less than ten minutes away, but drove her to the Harnett County Sheriff Department in Lillington, North Carolina which was 45 minutes away. Crudup says that her ride was the scariest moment she has ever encountered in her life, as Wise took her down long, narrow, and whining roads. She says Wise continuously taunted her asking, “so you think your a lawyer huh?” She said that his language was so abusive toward her that she began to tuned him out, and was trying to concentrate on surviving this horrific ordeal. She admitted that she was in fear for her life because Wise appeared unpredictable and capable of doing anything to her.

Officer Wise’ comments regarding Crudup thinking that she was a lawyer perhaps may be very telling as to why he approached her, physically assaulted her, and arrested her without merit. Crudup says she believes the Lawyer comment was a reference to the legal documents that she has filed on her son’s behalf for the criminal charges he faces. On her way to the county jail Crudup asked Wise “why did you beat me up?” She said that Wise stated “because you were trying to hurt me.” Crudup then said she sarcastically asked Wise when did she do that to him because it wasn’t back at the scene where she had been arrested and beaten by him, and she said that Wise told her “I misspoke.” During the ride to the county jail Crudup also said that Wise never informed her as to why he approached her, what laws she may have broken, and never said what she was being charged with. Upon their arrival at the Harnett County jail, Crudup says that Wise ordered her out of the car, but she said she refused to get out because the jail was in a very secluded area and was afraid of what Wise might do to her. She said that Wise threatened to drag her out of the car again if she didn’t comply. She said that she requested for a female officer to come and bring her inside of the building because her pants had come loose and were down as a result of the violent way Wise had slammed her into the car, and very physical manner that he placed her into the police cruiser.

Crudup says that Wise made a radio transmission over his police radio and several Harnett County Sheriff deputies came running out of the building to the cruiser where she was. One of the female deputies came up to her and asked what was going on, and Crudup requested that she be allowed to simply pull up her pants and told the deputy that she was afraid of Wise. The female deputy got her out of the police car, pulled her pants up and fastened them for her, and remained with Ms. Crudup during her entire booking process. In fact Crudup told TPC that all of the Harnett County officials she encountered were extremely professional and treated her with courtesy and dignity. Crudup says that Wise went into the booking area and began speaking with the magistrate on duty. She was unable to hear their conversation, but once she was taken before the court official, she was finally advised that she was being charged with resisting arrest and that her bond would be $500.00 dollars. She said that Harnett County officials were kind enough to allow her to make calls to secure payment of her bond, and subsequently made bail around 4:00 p.m. that same day.

Upon the arrival of her friends Crudup learned that her car had been impounded. The male friend who was with her when the incident occurred had been ordered away from the scene, and once he was gone her vehicle was towed away even though it was lawfully parked in the lot of the Holiday Inn hotel in Dunn. When she went to the Dunn police department to inquirer where her car had been towed, she was initially told that her vehicle was at an impound lot somewhere in Dunn, but police officials checked and determined that her car had been taken to the town of Benson, North Carolina several towns away. TPC has learned that Dunn police has a rotating roster for various tow companies, and the company who towed Ms. Crudup’s car wasn’t on the list for that day. Additionally, the town of Benson North Carolina potentially poses even more problems for her. The cost to retrieve her car is $320.00 dollars, but it’s actually located in a town where blacks seldom venture. Benson is actually in Johnston County an known Klu Klux Klan strong hold. For years stories have been told about the famous billboard sign that greets motorist traveling up U.S. 401 into that county. Take a look at the billboard below:

Johnston-County-NC-Ku-Klux-Klan-Sign

Klu Klux Klan billboard advertisement posted on U.S. 401 entering Johnston County, North Carolina.

 

The billboard is a very alarming reality and speaks volumes about some parts of North Carolina’s social climate in 2014. Ms. Crudup says that she can’t ever recall anyone who has had their vehicle impounded in the town of Dunn being taken to a tow yard several towns away like her car had been. The entire incident has caused Ms. Crudup to flee her home and she is now at an unknown location. She tells TPC that she is never going back because she is afraid of what police may do to her. She has only had one personal encounter with the law in her life, and that was during a demonstration in which she participated in a protest for fair housing. The protesters were ceremoniously arrested and let go a very short time later. Baring her participation in that demonstration which only amounts to her exercising her right to free speech, Ms. Crudup has no prior criminal past.

The entire ordeal that landed this mother in a county jail after being physically assaulted and beaten by a Dunn police officer is extremely disturbing. It appears that officer Wise may have followed Ms. Crudup from her home to the location where the incident occurred. It was during the early morning hours, not very well lighted on the streets, and the manner in which Wise approached her while she was completely off guard illustrates that this may have been planned. The fact that Wise beat this woman for no reason  also demonstrates that he is a cowardice scumbag cop who is a disgrace to uniformed law enforcement officials everywhere. An unprovoked attack on this woman coupled with her having been charged with resisting arrest without a premise for her even being arrested in the first place tends to point to some sort of intimidation tactic by this police officer.

It’s also unclear why a municipal police officer would transport a prisoner charged with a crime in his jurisdiction three towns away for booking and processing at a county jail. In many rural areas the police agencies aren’t big enough for the town to have a jail and prisoners are transported to a county lockup in those instances, but the town of Dunn has it’s own jail. Officer Wise having gone into the booking area to speak to the magistrate himself personally, further creates suspicion that what happened to Ms. Crudup was not only planned, but perhaps sanctioned by some higher authority. Apparently, Wise was also behind the impound of Ms. Crudup’s vehicle. Her car was legally parked at the Holiday Inn and having it towed seems to only serve the purpose of further harassing her. Then again, sending her car to such a historically racially charged location several towns away may in fact be a message from the Klu Klux Klan. Why on earth would a police agency permit a tow company from another county take business away from tow companies in it’s own county? No one is fooled by these antics. No one is afraid, and the day of reckoning for these backwards racist North Carolinians is coming.

To Be Continued

 

 

The People’s Champion

I’m David Adams

 

David Adams

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