Caravan for Justice #FreeDontaeSharpe
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To find out more information about this important event, join us for a
conference call TONIGHT, Tuesday, April 11th at 8:30 p.m.
Call-in (530) 881-1212
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Gather at the First Missionary Baptist Church
403 Caswell St. Smithfield, NC
We will travel together to the Johnston Correctional Institution for a news conference at 1:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Caravan for Justice from Smithfield to Raleigh
Gather at Bicentennial Mall
1 E. Edenton St. Raleigh, NC 27601
We will hold a news conference followed by a march to the offices of Governor Cooper and Attorney General Stein
It is time for justice to be served! Dontae Sharpe has been incarcerated since the age of 19. He has now spent 22 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Dontae has spent decades behind bars despite a complete lack of evidence against him, recanted witness testimony and mounting evidence of misconduct by police and prosecutors in Greenville, NC.
In the face of such grave injustice, we must act on the moral imperative to repair the harm to Dontae, his family and community. In this holy week, we must not forget that the Bible reminds us of our moral responsibility to proclaim liberty to the prisoner.2 For more than a year the North Carolina NAACP has called on the government of North Carolina to free Dontae Sharpe.
Dontae was convicted of a murder connected to a drug buy in 1994 but the case quickly fell apart. The prosecution's key witness recanted her testimony within two months of the trial and a detective from the case has come forward to admit that Dontae was wrongfully convicted and that evidence in the case was selectively documented to build the case against him.
Dontae has spent over half of his life behind bars because he maintains his innocence. If he'd confessed to the crime he was convicted of he would be home today. His case is a tragic example of the deep-rooted moral corruption of our criminal justice system that can exploit racism and inequality to try and extract guilt from innocent people.
Dontae's youth, freedom, and life are being stolen by the criminal justice that should have been protecting his innocence. Governor Cooper, Attorney General Josh Stein, and D.A. Kim Robb can now correct the mistakes made by the courts 2 decades ago-- they can overturn this wrongful conviction and unite Dontae with his loved ones and return him to his community. We can't wait another decade. We can't wait another day.
We can’t wait another decade for justice to be served.