Texas African Americans falsely accused of rape

This 2012 video from the USA says about itself:

The Scottsboro Boys were a group of nine black teenagers accused of rape in the 1930s South. The blatant injustice given to them during their trial lead to several legal reforms. Watch as Emory’s Associate Professor of African American Studies, Carol Anderson, discusses what happened to these boys both during and after their trial.

That was 1930s Alabama. Now, on to 1918 Texas; which, like Alabama, used to be a slave state.

By David Moye in the USA:

02/27/2018 03:28 pm ET

No Jail For Texas Teen Who Lied About Being Raped By 3 Black Men

She has pleaded guilty, saying she made up the story after cutting herself and her clothing.

A North Texas teenager who falsely claimed she was kidnapped and raped by three black men last March will likely serve no jail time.

On Thursday, 19-year-old Breana Harmon of Pottsboro pleaded guilty to four felony charges of tampering with physical evidence and government documents in relation to false reports of kidnapping and sexual assault.

“She’s very remorseful for what she did and what she said, and that’s why she decided to plead guilty,” Harmon’s attorney Bob Jarvis told the Sherman Herald Democrat. No suspects were ever identified or arrested in the case.

Harmon will be sentenced March 20. Her plea deal has two possible punishments: regular probation or deferred adjudication, which often involves fulfilling a requirement, such as treatment or community service. Neither involves jail time.

On March 8, 2017, Harmon was reported missing to the Denison Police Department after witnesses noticed the door to her vehicle was open with personal items, including a phone and keys, scattered on the ground.

A few hours later, Harmon walked into a church wearing only a shirt, bra and underwear. She said she had been kidnapped by three black males wearing ski masks, according to the Sherman Herald Democrat. Harmon claimed the men assaulted her and and that she was raped by two men while a third held her down.

Investigators noticed inconsistencies in Harmon’s story within in a few days. Medical workers didn’t find evidence she had been raped, and the holes in a pair of blue jeans discovered at the alleged crime scene didn’t match her injuries, according to the Dallas Morning News.

“The puzzle pieces just weren’t coming together,” Denison Police Chief Jay Burch said, according to the Morning News.

Harmon told police two weeks later that she made up the rape and that cuts on her body were self-inflicted.

She told officers that she was upset after she and her fiancé had been fighting, according to the Herald Democrat. Harmon said she cut herself and her clothes, then made up the rape story because she didn’t want her family to be angry with her.

Burch said Harmon’s false allegations have hurt the community, especially its African-American residents.

“Breana [Harmon’s] hoax was also insulting to our community and especially offensive to the African-American community due to her description of the so-called suspects in her hoax,” Burch said, according to the Herald Democrat. “The anger and hurt caused from such a hoax are difficult and all so unnecessary.”

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  3. “It’s more than anger… It’s hatred, and I want society to hate them.”—Donald Trump’s full-page advertisement in the New York Times and other newspapers, May 1, 1989

    “A pack of teenagers rampages through Central Park… raping an innocent young woman… New Yorkers respond with unanimous fury: Those guilty of the atrocity deserve swift, stern punishment.”—New York Times, “The Jogger and the Wolf Pack,” April 26, 1989

    “People just shouting, you know, ‘Rapist!’ ‘You animal!’ ‘You don’t deserve to be alive’… It just felt like the whole world hated us.”—Antron McCray, one of the Central Park Five

    The release of When They See Us, the Netflix miniseries about the Central Park Jogger case directed by Ava Duvernay, has prompted a public reckoning with the 1989 police frame-up of five African-American teenagers known as the Central Park Five.

    The series depicts in gut-wrenching detail how police officers, detectives and prosecutors intimidated and brutalized a group of adolescents into confessing to a crime they had not committed, and how a right-wing media witch hunt manipulated a jury into handing down a verdict that was a clear miscarriage of justice.

    The case became the occasion for an outpouring from the American political establishment of law-and-order hysteria complemented by dog-whistle racism. In a Washington Post op-ed column titled “The Barbarians Are Winning,” the fascistic Republican ideologue Pat Buchanan wrote: “How does a civilized, self-confident people deal with enemies who gang-rape their women? Armies stand them up against a wall and shoot them; or we hang them.”



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