Thursday, February 13, 2014

Real Talk from Rev. Floyd Rose on the Kendrick Johnson case

Rev. Floyd Rose, Pres. SCLC
The photo I posted a few days ago of Kendrick Johnson just before his autopsy, and 48 hours after his death, was shown to Rev. Floyd Rose, SCLC President in Valdosta, Georgia.  Rev. Rose has only seen the photograph carried on steaks and posted to social media by the Johnson family.  He was, I am told, prompted to write this message on his social media page after seeing the more accurate depiction of Kendrick's face:

A (verbatim) message from Rev Floyd Rose, President: Southern- Christian leadership Conference, reprinted here with permission

"A day after Kendrick Johnson's body was found in the old gym at Lowndes High School in early 2013, the grandfather asked me to come to the Johnsons' home. I did..., and I spoke candidly with them. At the time I sincerely thought that their son, KJ, had been the victim of foul play. I helped to organize a rally of more than 1600 people at the Courthouse complex in Valdosta, arranged for two more rallies at Serenity Church, including one with Rev. Al Sharpton, where he raised almost $5,000.00 for the family. We also gave them permission to use the building across the street from Serenity to plan, meet, and greet their supporters.

When members of the Johnson family committed acts of civil disobedience, I put up my personal residence to secure Mrs. Johnson's release on bond. In concert with a Valdosta Businessmen, the Valdosta-Lowndes County chapter of the Southern Christian n Leadership Conference offered a $10,000.00 reward for credible information which would lead to the arrest of the person(s) who might have been responsible for the death of Kendrick Johnson. After 90 days nobody came forward with any credible information, and the check was returned to Roy Taylor, the donor.

The information, by the way, was to be sent to the Johnson's lead attorney, C. B. King, and to Michael Moore, the Federal District Attorney for the southern district of Georgia.

I was stunned while I received a call from Mr. Johnson who angrily protested my offering the reward, and the family never posted a reward, which itself was puzzling, even though they continue to raise money, even after Michael Moore said that he agreed to look into Kendrick's death.

Finally, without any credible evidence, which has yet to be presented, that Kendrick Johnson was murdered, I would have to believe that the coroner, the district attorney, 6 GBI agents, investigators from the sheriff's office, the medical examiner in Atlanta, and Macon, members of the Georgia Investigation Division, and other school personnel, would have to be part of a massive cover-up, that someone, yet unknown, would have hatched, for reasons we don't know, at a time not yet determined.

In the 1950'or 60's, that would have been plausible, but in 2013-14, with facebook, twitter, and other social media, not to mention the whistle blower laws, and the $10,000.000 reward that nobody ever claimed, it is not likely.

While I would never claim to know why the father, nor the mother, is still not working, and they're continuing to raise money, I would never minimize their hurt and grief. But I lost a father, a mother, a brother, and two sisters, but I never stopped working to support my family. Life always goes on.

I just read something today that has not been authenticated which suggest that two pictures of KJ's disfigured face are being shopped around to raise money. I certainly hope that that is not true.

When this all began, I sincerely believed that the family really thought that Kendrick Johnson had been met with foul play, and they simply wanted to know the truth. Then suddenly the emphasis was shifted from "we don't know what happened, but want to know," to "who killed KJ?" and "Who killed our son?" And the lawyer's cry, "These parents sent their son off to school with a book bag, and he was sent back to them in a body bag."

When the FBI concludes its investigation, Michael Moore , based on the evidence alone, make his decision, whether KJ was murdered, or was the victim of a tragic accident, I hope that this family, their supporters, friends, and this community, can return to normal.

Floyd Rose
Valdosta-Lowndes County chapter
Southern- Christian leadership Conference"

The original investigation by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office concluded that 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson died by accident while reaching for a shoe inside a rolled up cheerleader mat.  The mat was not easily accessible because there were other mats stacked in front of it and these mats are very heavy.

More on the Kendrick Johnson case:
Feb 09, 2014
A few days ago I wrote a blog about the sister of Kendrick Johnson and rumors of bullying she was involved in. Not only Kenyetta Johnson, but most of the Johnson family are targeting a boy they are accusing of "murdering" ...
Feb 10, 2014
This is the one and only time I am going to post this and I am posting it because Jackie Johnson, the mother of Kendrick Johnson, would never admit her post-autopsy picture had been photo-shopped. Thank you to the person ...
Feb 07, 2014
Kenyetta Johnson, the sister of Kendrick Johnson is jet-setting now and thanking God for all her good fortune. A source close to the case told me a couple of days ago that the family is bullying the kids on Facebook that they ...
Nov 29, 2013
Read my first blog on Leigh Touchton - there's a lot about this case and the evidence, plus Leigh's letter to Al Sharpton that first sparked my interest in what Leigh had to say about the Kendrick Johnson case. I have a great ...

Oct 18, 2013
Finally someone is trying to cripple a race-hoax before it goes too far. I wrote a lengthy blog last week concerning the tragedy that was Kendrick Johnson's death. My instincts and good common sense told me, once again, ...
Oct 12, 2013
Following the Christmas break, school resumed on Jan. 9. On Jan. 10, Johnson disappeared from video surveillance at approximately 1:09 p.m. after he entered Lowndes High School's old gymnasium, according to reports.
Nov 23, 2013
Jackie Johnson, mother of Kendrick Johnson, tweeted today that she is not buying what Ebony Magazine writer. Fred Rosen, is selling. He accuses two white boys of killing Kendrick Johnson based on an investigation by a ...
Oct 31, 2013
As you can see in the video here released October 30, 2013, no African American kid in a blue shirt enters immediately before Kendrick when he is coming down the hall, only the white kid with a backpack immediately before.

Oct 29, 2013
According to Benjamin Crump (audio interview), there is school bus video (he "believes") authorities have of Kendrick Johnson in an altercation eleven months prior to his death with a white boy. Not just any white boy, but the ...
Oct 28, 2013
Kendrick Johnson had a sister who died but I can't figure out when. According to the grave stones, the year she died is the SAME year she was born, but the sister of Kendrick Johnson says she wasn't a twin, just same ...
Oct 24, 2013
Valdosta, GA- Earlier this month, family and supporters of Kendrick Johnson said that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was 'stonewalling' them, refusing to release tissue and blood samples. Those samples, according to ...
Nov 28, 2013
... my tweets. Limiting what I can transmit to WARRIORS 4 #KendrickJohnson — Suzie & Toby (@AngelDevil1166) November 28, 2013. File under: "People who believe Kendrick Johnson was murdered" Kendrick Johnson

Nov 02, 2013
The sister of Kendrick Johnson, K. Choppa Johnson, confronted and attempted to assault a child she believed was involved in her brother's death. I can't be sure, but I believe this is the kid that made some pretty nasty remarks ...
Oct 20, 2013
Share to TwitterShare to Facebook. One of the things that jumped out at me - the clean shoe being shown by the Johnson family detectives and lawyers was saturated with blood at the crime scene, according to this report.
Oct 30, 2013
Southern Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Harry Jay Altman presided over the talks and by the end of the meeting ruled that video taken at the Lowndes High School gym on the day Kendrick Johnson died should be released.
Oct 18, 2013
The second autopsy on Kendrick Johnson was done in June, 2013. Between that time and early October, 2014, no one has mentioned the newspaper alleged to have been found in Kendrick's body, including Dr. William ...

Nov 22, 2013
@xXBazooka wepayjusticeforkj — jackie KJ JOHNSON (@jazzygul) November 22, 2013. Valdosta Times addresses these and other rumors in Part IV of their investigation into the Kendrick Johnson case ...
Oct 31, 2013
At this time, however, I am of the opinion that a sufficient basis exists for a formal review of the facts and investigation surrounding the tragic death of Kendrick Johnson. Should sufficient information be developed to warrant a ...
Nov 08, 2013
The above are a few lines from the unofficial coroner's report for the Kendrick Johnson death case. This report was never turned in by Bill Watson, coroner for Lowndes County. I'm not sure what "cooperation from law ...
Feb 10, 2014
Jackie Johnson, left, Jamie Foxx, and Kenyetta Johnson ... Family of Kendrick Johnson bullying parents of white children - State of Georgia does nothing ... Kendrick Johnson - Racist Cover-Up or another Trayvon Martin?

Oct 31, 2013
Two days before US Attorney Moore announced he would formally review the investigation into the tragic death of Kendrick Johnson, Benjamin Crump threatened Attorney Moore's state with the biggest lawsuit his state had ...
Nov 01, 2013
Rose and Touchton say they have reason to believe that the lawyers for Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson have not been entirely truthful in their statements about information they have or have not received from law enforcement and school officials concerning the investigation of how the couple's son came to be found dead inside a rolled wrestling mat in the old gym at Lowndes High School ... CNN and Victor Blackwell play EDITED video of Kendrick Johnson in Gym.

Oct 13, 2013
The Kendrick Johnson Case - Nothing "Mysterious" About It. Police Report: Renisha McBride Shooting. Samuel Fuller of Sanford, Tasered - Police Report Released. Zimmerman will not be prosecuted for Domestic Violence .