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Published On: Sun, May 5th, 2013

Rev Al Sharpton speaks to Kendrick Johnson family, supporters as autopsy points to accident, civil lawsuit eminent

Months after the dead of a Georgia teen, found in some mats in the school’s gym, the family learns that the official cause of death is “accident as a result of postitional asphyxia.”

Rallies and protests finally created movement by officials over the last couple of weeks. Rev. Al Sharpton came and spoke to the group on Saturday, even adding money to the “reward fund.”

Rev Al Sharpton speaking Kendrick Johnson support rallyThe teen, Kendrick Johnson, age 17, allegedly died, suffocated inside some “wrestling mats,” but the family still seems for from convinced as the school released their statement.

Lowndes County School Superintendent Wes Taylor said “We were relieved as we learned when the public did yesterday about the release of the final autopsy report and hope that that will help our community as well as the family most especially to begin to mend and to turn the page in this grieving process.”

The Johnson family has little faith in the investigation which has been marred by accusations of moving the body and mishandling the evidence. More here

Warren Turner is the Lowndes County School System’s attorney. He said “clearly from the verbage of the letter it was notice to us that we need to preserve, as we would under normal course of action, any evidence that might be pertinent to a potential civil lawsuit and to put us on notice that that may very well be forthcoming.”

The Johnson family attorney, Chevene King, said “there will be a claim brought against the school system. That is something I don’t think is up for question.”

A reward fund to anyone who can prove this was not an accident has been setup and early in his speech on Saturday, Rev. Al Sharpton pulls $500 out of his wallet and put in the in the fund.

“I’m going to start this off with five hundred dollars cash.”

The Serenity Christian Church in Valdosta hosted the famous reverend. Hundreds of people packed the church to hear the reverend lend his support to the Johnson family. Sharpton at one point was singing “we want justice…. got to have justice.”

Reverend Al Sharpton said “we’re going to rally together. We’re going to get answers together. We want Valdosta to know, no justice no peace. no justice no peace.”

“Right now we have asked the Department of Justice to look into the case. We have not exhausted all of options available but there is no amount of money that could compensate the family for the loss of their son”, said King.

Photo: screenshot coverage  by WCTV http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Rev-Al-Sharpton-Speaks-At-Valdosta-Church-Tonight-206109821.html

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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  1. Kendrick Johnson body exhumed, second autopsy set in hopes of answering questions in dead of teen - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] Even Al Sharpton paid the area a visit to raise awareness for the family and the questions in the case (more here) […]

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