Fascism is the union of government with private business against the People.
"To The States, or any one of them, or to any city of The States: Resist much, Obey little; Once unquestioning obedience, at once fully enslaved; Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city, ever afterward resumes its liberty." from "Caution" by Walt Whitman

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Benton Harbor: List of uninvestigated murders of Black folks, and corrupt Police practices

Benton Harbor municipality in Michigan is under an unelected fascist regime [link]

"Mass Demonstration in Benton Harbor: Occupy The PGA!"
2014-02-18 press release from Rev Edward Pinkney [269-925-0001]

   PROTEST        PROTEST            PROTEST             PROTEST                  PROTEST
                               Mass Demonstration                  Mass Demonstration

Occupy the PGA to protest all injustices being forced on our town: The murder of Benton Harbor residents, gentrification by Whirlpool, Governor Snyder’s Emergency Manager dictatorship... It is not one thing, it is everything!

11:00am - City hall, 200 Wall St., Benton Harbor, MI, 49022 
11:30am - Press conference

History of some Benton Harbor murders -
In southwestern Michigan, the St. Joseph River enters Lake Michigan between the towns of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. White people live in St joseph, which is modestly prosperous, and black people live in Benton Harbor, which is a devastating city.

The body of a 16 year old boy was recovered from the river his name was Eric McGinnis and had lived in Benton Harbor with his mother. Eric McGinnis was dating a white girl. and was being chased by a group of white people. The white police Chief said he fell into into Lake Michigan and drowned. There were no Foul play according the white police Chief.

Karrington Penny found in the snow dead in December 2013.  Someone slipped a molly into his drink.  Police stated no foul play.

Timothy (Bulldog) Allen’s body was recovered from Lake Michigan with his penis cut off. Two white police officers were the last to see him alive. The white police chief stated no foul play.

A group of amateur scuba divers found the body of 34-year-old Dewayne Flowers in Lake Michigan, St. Joseph river side. The Berrien county sheriff’s department diving team was sent to the site in the 400 block of Riverview Dr. in Benton Harbor after the Michigan Underwater Diver’s Club reported seeing Flowers' body on November 30. He was weighted down with weights. The sheriff's department stated no foul play.

The body of Mr. William Edward Hurse was found on the beach. It still isn't known how Hurse ended up in Lake Michigan and how he died.  Due to the condition of the remains, officials may never be able to determine the cause of death. His death was ruled no foul play.

The body of Toby Williams was found in the St. Joseph River. Deangelo Stockstell identified the body as his father. He was loved so much stated relatives. The death was ruled no foul play.

Terrance “T-shirt” Shurn was murdered by the police. He was bumped by a police car on his motorcycle. “Justified Homicide,” the police stated.

Arthur Partee was choked to death by two white police officers. This was ruled as “Justified Homicide.”

During a police chase, a young man crashed into a fence. Police forced him, causing his death. “No foul play,” according to police.

People in the community are being killed and police always say, “no foul play.” No investigations.
* Police Officer Andrew Collins planted drugs on over 200 residents of Benton Harbor.
* Wes Smigielski has violated more than 200 citizens of Benton Harbor.
* The Benton Harbor Police Department and Berrien County Sheriff’s Department will investigate a recall petition, but will not investigate a black man who was murdered by a police officer.
* The sheriff and police departments just raided 5 locations (supposed “drug houses”) and netted 5 dime bags of dope, but refuse to investigate all the murders in our community.

When will the people take a stand against this extreme police brutality that wouldn’t be tolerated for a moment in most communities?
We must say “enough is enough.”  We want a complete investigation of the murder of Karrington Penny and Det. Wes Smigielski’s involvement.
Resident Tina Braxton said, “This reminds me of the way things were in Mississippi when I lived there in the late 1950's and early 60's. I have never been one to rave about how much progress my generation has made, but I had hoped to see an end to these horrors in my lifetime.”


  1. I'm a victim of the police's abuse of power, including that detective.

  2. I would love to see some of these murders solved in my lifetime, but as it is now, that will not be happening....

  3. Against African Americans, against gays, American fascism is alive and well.