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Friday, February 6, 2009

How Did Billey Joe Johnson Die?

This comes to us from our friends at ColorOfChange

The facts don't add up. His family deserves answers. Billey Joe Johnson's future looked bright, but authorities claim he killed himself during a routine traffic stop. It's hard to believe that a 17-year-old star athlete with his pick of college football scholarships would do such a thing, but that's the story a Mississippi sheriff's department is standing by.
According to an independent investigation, the pieces of that story don't add up--witness accounts and an autopsy report contradict the sheriff's explanation, and official documents indicate that officers may have been pursuing Johnson. We don't know what happened, but in the racially divided town of Lucedale, all the ingredients exist for a miscarriage of justice.

For a more background on this case visit the original ColorOfChange e-mail.

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