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10 Egregious Cases of White People Falsely Accusing Black People of Committing Crimes

When the University of Michigan law school and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at the School of Law at Northwestern University in Chicago collaborated to create the National Registry of Exonerations, the researchers found that Blacks accounted for nearly half (47 percent) of all known exonerees in 1989, and whites made up nearly 39 percent of all known exonerees. But when they got to the year 2012, they found that the number of exonerations involving Blacks had risen to 57 percent. Of the 1,525 exonerations currently listed on the register as of Jan. 7, 2o15, a total of 715 involved Black people. Because of America’s tragic racial history, even today many of the exonerations involve white people wrongfully accusing Black people of committing crimes — and the accusations being enough to send them to jail for much of their lives. These are some of the most outrageous cases of Black people being falsely accused by whites.

Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox

When Knox was accused of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy, her first response was to implicate Diya “Patrick” Lumumba, a Congolese-born resident of Italy who owned a bar in Perugia named Le Chic where Knox worked part time. Lumumba was promptly arrested. Knox told Italian police in a written statement that she saw Lumumba enter Kercher’s room on the evening of Nov. 1, 2007. She later admitted that this version of events was made up, but she implied that it was made up under duress. Lumumba spent two weeks in an Italian jail before Knox’s story fell apart.

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Emmett Till

Till’s murder is one of the most famous cases of racist brutality in U.S. history. Till, 14, was killed in Mississippi in 1955 after reportedly flirting with a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, 21. Till was from Chicago, visiting his relatives in Money, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region. Several nights later, Bryant’s husband, Roy, and his half-brother, J. W. Milam, went to Till’s great-uncle’s house and took Till away to a barn, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. Three days later, Till’s body was discovered and retrieved from the river. When Till’s body was returned to Chicago, his mother insisted on a public funeral service with an open casket to show the world the brutality of the killing.

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155 thoughts on “10 Egregious Cases of White People Falsely Accusing Black People of Committing Crimes

  1. Maybe, just maybe it will open the eyes of these so called Negros. Why, like it's "To Kill a Mocking Bird", over and over again. These people will suck the life force from you.

  2. The police initiated Lumumba's name. They found the text on her phone & twisted 'see you later' into an absurd and false story with no evidence to back it up. It wasn't her decision to leave Lumumba in prison for 2 weeks. The authorities made that call. They could have released him. Instead, they held him until they could find another person who happens to be the only one responsible for Meredith's murder. Amanda was manipulated and coerced. The blame for Lumumba's arrest & detainment falls on Italian authorities,
    not Amanda. The media is to blame for twisting this into a racial issue. The haters out for Amanda & Raffaele have fed off of this for years out of desperation. That's a fact.

  3. Amanda Knox was being tortured and after several days of long interrogations being hit, not being allowed to go to the bathroom, clean herself up during her period, and being interrogated in Italian, a language she barely spoke, she said it was possible he did it, she didn't actually know who did it. And the police brought up Lumumba not Amanda Knox. The next morning she immediately said that she was confused and did not mean anything she said. The police also could have checked Lumumba's story before imprisoning and torturing him. You need to get your facts straight Amanda Knox does not belong in this story. The racism was the actions of hte police not Amanda. Please get your facts straight. There is no question that there is a lot of racism out there, but this is not a case with Amanda Knox.

  4. And I want to add that Amanda Knox has been active in The Innocence Project and is participates with people of all races and backgrounds in fighting to help innocent people who were imprisoned. check out http://www.injusticeinperugia.org and get your facts straight.

  5. Joseph Balin says:

    Amanda Knox is a testament to the power of white people crying. That bitch pointed the finger at the only black person she knew. The white elite made sure she got acquitted. Because rich white people want to make sure their little princesses will be safe from responsibility when traveling abroad.

  6. Wajet Roberts says:

    I find it's best not to mix with them. When we do, the melanized person usually ends up either in Jail or six feet under.

  7. Colleen Conroy says:

    What's wrong with this sentence? "Lumumba was promptly arrested."

    That's right — no fact-checking, no preliminary interviews, no lawyer; just the police rushing out, knocking down Lumumba's door at dawn, throwing him in a police car and parading him through town with sirens wailing. All on the word of a non-Italian-speaking girl the police themselves called a liar.

    If the author of this piece knew anything about this case, he would know that Perugia, Italy, is the center of a Mafia-controlled drug market that is managed by North African immigrants, whom the police are essentially not allowed to prosecute. The police will do what they can to incarcerate them anyway (over one-third of Italy's prison population consists of immigrants and foreigners — in the United States, the figure is 6%).

    Lumumba was not only North African, he was also a successful immigrant business owner in a time of very high unemployment for Italians, and he was married to a white immigrant from Poland. Along with basic Italian anti-black racism, the police had no shortage of reasons to want to see him go down.

    The "written statement" Amanda was forced by the police to sign described Lumumba as a "colored citizen" and put his weight in centimeters. Amanda is from Seattle, Washington. Put two and two together, Perfessor.

  8. Paul Smyth says:

    This is a serious issue, and I can only wish that the author would have given it the serious thought it deserves. Amanda Knox plainly does not belong in this group. What happened in that case is that racist police in Italy pressured Knox during an illegal all night interrogation to confirm their suspicion that a black man was involved in the murder. I urge people to consult the work of Saul Kassin at John Jay College who has examined this coerced "confession" closely.

  9. Bright Chike says:

    Agreed the Amanda Knox story may had not been properly researched, but that is one of the 10 cases we have here. What about the remaining 9-they didn't happen or what. Let's not allow trivialities make less of the gravity of what is going on here. Come on people!

  10. Bright Chike says:

    I really empathize because I have been accused of a crime without a single evidence linking me to the crime, but then it is always about giving the dog a bad name in order to hang it. Yes, it was racially motivated.

  11. Many of Ms. Knox's and Mr. Sollecito's supporters have a public record of speaking out against injustices against blacks, such as the Tulia, Texas and the Eric Frimpong cases. The writer should have thought about reaching out and making common cause.

  12. Ms Knox partially withdrew her accusation the following morning, and she withdrew it complete the next day and ever since. This article reminds me of those SAT-type questions, "Which of these does not belong with the others?"

  13. As a retired Senior Trial Counsel with the U.S. Dept. of Justice who spent his early years with the Civil Rights Division working with the Black communities in many states to prosecute and win voting rights cases, and as someone who has studied the Knox case in depth, I can assure you that Amanda Knox is innocent, a convenient scapegoat of corrupt magistrates who set her up via an abusive interrogation that broke her and coerced her into making false statements that she retracted the next day. How often do these types of abusive interrogations lead to young black people making false confessions, i.e.: The Central Park Five and on and on. Put the blame where it belongs, on the prosecutor and his goons.

  14. Joseph W Bishop says:

    Amanda Knox does not belong in this list. Ironically she is actually the victim of false allegations by a black man who clearly committed the murder alone, Rudy Guede.

    The Central Park Five were in fact innocent but their case featured a common problem in miscarriages of justice, false statements coerced by skilled interrogators. This is what happened to Amanda. It's a common problem that Nick Chiles should understand better. She did not initially implicate Patrick Lumumba. She was simply giving Italian police what they were demanding to hear. Her statement, written by Italian police, was quickly retracted.

    Meredith Kercher was murdered by Rudy Guede and Rudy Guede alone. His DNA indicates sexual penetration and he fled the scene of the crime. No one knew of any relationship between Meredith and Guede. His story of consensual contact, ten minutes in the bathroom, and an unknown intruder simply isn't credible. Who sits on the can for an extended period during a hot date? Even though he has never testified in court against Amanda and Raffaele his statements were used against the two. This type of crime is in all but the rarest of circumstances committed by a troubled male just like Guede. Nothing complicated here.

    In those rare cases that do feature female participation in sexually motivated homicides invariably you find a long term dysfunctional relationship, an evil manipulative male, and a woman who is an empty shell.

    Miscarriages of justice happen in all countries including the US. Blacks are disproportionately represented in prison populations and presumably in judicial mistakes.

    And then there is the case of David Camm. A black man, Charles Boney, murdered his wife and three children yet Camm ended up spending 13 years in prison for the crime. Boney had a long history of armed violence against women and he had lied through his teeth about his involvement. Years after the crime, the courts finally compelled the prosecution to run previously unidentified DNA through a national criminal database. The search produced an immediate hit on Boney who had spent almost all of the last 10 years behind bars. On a CBS news segment after his DNA had been identified he confidently proclaims that his finger prints won't be found because he would have to have been there for that. He was claiming that a sweatshirt with his DNA was no big deal because he'd given it to Goodwill. Well they did find his finger prints there and his story changes dramatically. Now he says he was there to sell a gun to Camm and watched him kill his own family. Right.

    Nick Chiles came up short on this article. The idea is to approach each case without preconceived notions.

  15. The other cases are real and the mistreatment of African-Americans in our flawed justice system is undeniable. However, the injustice Amanda Knox is still suffering is not trivial anymore than the other case mentioned are not trivial. Amanda Knox and all the other victims of bigotry mentioned her are deserving of our support.

  16. John Lumetta says:

    I think characterizing Amanda Knox as some Mayella Ewell from "To Kill A Mockingbird" is itself unjust. The real perpetrators of injustice in her case are the Italian prosecutors who, striking her and depriving her of water, food, and toilet during 54 hours of interrogations, suggested that Patrick Lumumba was the murderer. Amanda Knox was not a person seeking a scapegoat; she was a person from whom a false confession was extracted by coercion and force, a false confession which she promptly retracted immediately after getting some sleep and water. Unlike Mayella and these others, she did not go to trial pointing a finger at an innocent man. Best to research ALL the facts before going to print with an otherwise good article, unless you unintentionally smear yet another innocent person.

  17. Farntella Graham says:

    this story is not about amanda knox. where are your comments about the innocent Black men falsely convicted and sentenced to years incarceration for crimes they did not commit. you see how our thinking pattern is different?

  18. Fartella, all the Knox/Sollecito supporters belong to a group that fights wrongful convictions, regardless of gender, race, or religion. Putting Amanda's picture in here is offensive, and distracts from the vital, and terribly disturbing.
    point this article is making.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/291062117582686/

  19. Farntella Graham says:

    Michael Smith did amanda knox say she saw the Black man go into Meridith's room or not? Was that proven to be a lie or not? this is all I am going to say about amanda.

  20. By posting the face of Amanda Knox, with false details, you have diverted attention from the vital and disturbing point this article makes. Indeed, a Black man was falsely accused by whites, but they were the Perugian police, not Amanda. All the posters below belong to numerous groups that fight wrongful convictions, regardless of gender, race, religion, or nationality. Here is one of those groups they all belong to, which includes scores of wrongfully convicted African-Americans:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/291062117582686/

    However, slandering Amanda Knox necessitates corrections that distract from your important point:

    1. Amanda was not accused, she was being questioned on her knowledge of people who visited the house.
    2. The police found an innocent text to Patrick, and began to pressure her on it. The amount of pressure applied is disputed, but no one denies the interrogators repeatedly demanded she explain the text to Patrick that merely said, "See you later, goodnight."
    3. No one denies that Amanda initially said she was only saying goodbye. If she had a lawyer, the questioning would have stopped right there.
    4. Before being arrested a few hours later. Amanda wrote a note that clearly said the entire statement on Patrick may have been her imagination, and she wasn't sure what was real and what wasn't.
    5. Despite Amanda's disclaimer, the Perugian police arrested Patrick with NO investigation, whatsoever – they just locked him up.

    The incredible irony is that you are completely correct in saying a Black man was falsely accused by whites, but fail to recognize it was the Perugian police who forced the false accusation. Amanda Knox is only guilty of not being able to resist police pressure. The white false accusers were the Perugian police.

  21. This story is about Amanda because she had been crucified for something she absolutely did not initiate. The authorities who took it upon themselves to use the text against her are responsible for the false accusation, not Amanda. They had ample opportunities to release Patrick. They chosen to hold him, not Amanda.

  22. Noel Dalberth She did not say that. While being tortured in an all night session she was asked to imagine the person going into the room. This is a common false confession technique used on an scared and frightened 20 year old girl who did not speak Italian. She signed a document after being slapped around that she did not understand because it was in Italian. In short she suffered the exact same fate that many young black people have suffered. It is the Italian police who were the villains, not Amanda. The next morning unsure what she had said she wrote a complete refutation of anything she might have said under duress. Finally Lumumba had an airtight alibi and it was the police who choose to hold him for two weeks and abuse him, not Amanda Knox.

  23. We don't help innocent black men by falsely accusing a fellow victim of false incarceration.

  24. Bright Chike says:

    Common cause. Given how much it's worked so far, I think it's worth a try. Yes, a thorough research should had been done before the publication of the article, given the fact that the article is mainly about the consequences of lack of it. I am really glad that everybody now questions everything, I hope it is limited to certain cases. The justice system comprises all of us, if everybody with the same zeal as is manifested on this page fight injustice I think we will all win. Anyway, I believe that if we do away with negative stereotypes, it will be a step forward, as most of these cases were of people playing on negative stereotypes.

  25. Farntella Graham By not looking into the context. white police officials pressuring Knox into accusing a Black man, you are essentially joining those who make false accusations.

  26. Well said Bright. Those of us who commented here on Amanda Knox are passionate about the injustice done to her and Raffaele Sollecito, but we are on the same page as you. Many of us have been involved with Injustice Everywhere and The Innocence Project and are painfully aware of how many innocent people are falsely incarcerated including a disproportionate number of African Americans and Latinos.

  27. Robert Owen says:

    An inclination to thoughtful analysis might have suggested to Mr. Chiles another use for Knox. However, in his rush to vilify a wrongful conviction victim whose natural claim to any decent person’s empathy is evidentially nullified by the color of her skin, he missed some additional information available on the National Registry database that might have led him to a meaningful, productive and compassionate insight. You see, off to the right on that data table furnished in the registry are columns indicating the causal factors that gave rise to each listed victim’s wrongful conviction. Among these he would have noted one particular column labeled simply “FC”; which, a quick study of table’s legend would have informed him, stands for “False Confession”. At that point he would have been just a few clicks away from discovering that as a result of the type of coercive police interrogation techniques just like the ones used to compel the heinous race crime he found so abhorrent in Knox, that of the 1,511 listed victims, fully 192 (or 12.7%) of these now-confirmed innocent men and women actually confessed to the crimes that we now, today, know they didn’t commit. Another click. Then another…..and boom, he would have discovered that of the 706 black victim’s whose lives were stolen from them through a false conviction, 98, or 13.7% had falsely confessed……just like the 13% of white victims……just like Amanda Knox.

  28. Even here the comments have taken completely away from the article. Twisted it to be solely about a chick…

  29. Robert Owen says:

    A further exploration of the database might have revealed to Mr. Chiles the names of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. While these aren’t exactly household names today, a few years ago they were quite famous as four of the Central Park Five. The young men I named have at least five things in common. First, they’re all black. Second, they are wrongful conviction victims. Third, under coercive police interrogation techniques like the ones used against Amanda Knox, they each falsely confessed to a hideous crime we now know they didn’t commit. Fourth, under the force of that same coercive power they each were each compelled to accuse the other four. And fifth, nobody in their right mind ever thought of writing an article about what race monsters they were for having falsely accused a black man. Common sense informs us that the blame for the false things they said while under interrogation lies with the police who used the full weight and terror of their awesome authority to compel them to lie just as simple human empathy for the horror those young men must have endured makes the thought of recommending them as race criminals repulsive. Is Amanda Knox, a young white woman who suffered the exact same horror as those young men and responded to that horror exactly the same way they did, really unworthy of the same empathy to which every rational person knows is due to the Central Park Five?

  30. Farntella Graham Her 1:45 statement says in part, "I recall confusedly that he killed her." Her 5:45 statement says in part, "I do not recall exactly whether my friend Meredith was already home or if she arrived later, [but] what I can say is that Patrik and Meredith went off to Meredith's room, while it seems to me that I stayed in the kitchen." Her handwritten notes to the police cast first doubt upon these two statements, and then repudiate them entirely.

  31. James Mosley says:

    The article is about white people who committed crimes and pointed the finger at black people for them, which she did. That is a fact and it is straight.

  32. Sorry about that but a victim is a victim and by believing and citing the sleazy tabloid press about Amanda, it is detracting from what is otherwise an important and well written article. The author is simply wrong about her.

  33. Jay Contreras says:

    I know right? I'm like where did all these Amanda Knox supporters come from? And she MAY be innocent of the charges but I'm sure there are MANY more examples like the falsely accused/convicted black men, than there will EVER be of people like her. (IF she's not guilty)…I truly believe that black people are like a psychological receptacle or toilet for these people. Whatever pathologies they cannot face about themselves, they simply project onto us.

  34. Jay Contreras says:

    @Natasha–you are so right. And I don't know if I believe she's really innocent either. In the criminal injustice system, whites are given the benefit of the doubt & are indeed treated as innocent until guilt is proven; so if she's in prison–it's either cuz she actually did it or she has pissed off someone with connections or she has some dirt on someone with connections.

  35. Robert Owen says:

    Farntella Graham You do not hold someone responsible for the things they say under torture. Not to belabor the point, but four of the Central Park Five were terrorized by the police into implicating themselves and their friends in a rape with which they had nothing to do. In the Scottsboro Boys case – one of ten cases Chiles highlights in his article – in addition to the two white women who falsely accused the defendants, Haywood Paterson, himself a defendant, was coerced by the police into falsely implicating five of the other defendants. Should the four Central Park five victims who named their friends be held responsible for the lies they told under a coercive interrogation? Should Haywood Paterson be held responsible for falsely naming five other black men he didn't even know when the risk of non-compliance was to be shoved out the front door of the sheriff's station to be lynched by the mob waiting for him? Well? Asking whether Amanda did or did not implicate an innocent black man as if the answer to the question settles the matter is as absurd as asking whether Patterson or the four CP5 victims I mentioned above named innocent black men as if that answer somehow tells you whether or not they're racists.

  36. Eyaloda Bell says:

    Why is it soooo important to talk about Amanda Knox? You people talk about her being falsely accused as if the other people in the article who were falsely accused do not exist. You people are purposely avoiding the other cases of black people being accused of crimes by whites, particularly white women…..They forgot the case of the white(woman) tea party supporter who accused a make-believe black man for cutting a backward B on her face…by the way she did it to herself in the mirror that's why it was backwards.

  37. Robert Owen says:

    Jay Contreras Regarding your assumption that it happens a lot more to black people than to white people, you would be incorrect. Chiles cites data from the National Registry of Exonerations to support his article and he is, indeed correct when he says that wrongful convictions happen disproportionately to blacks. However, in terms of absolute numbers, about 608 of the wrongful conviction victims we know about were white whereas 706 were black. Of course, as there are roughly five times as many whites as blacks the fact that the total numbers are about the same demonstrates the disproportionate degree to which blacks as a group suffer. However, in absolute numbers it’s happening to whites about as often as its happening to blacks, which means it is both wrong and dangerous to view this as a “black” problem about which only blacks have a legitimate cause of grievance. We all should care, if not for each other, then for ourselves because we are all at risk. We Knox supporters who have swarmed to this page are here making our point because as the case of Knox demonstrates, a wrongful conviction is something that can sweep up anyone’s spouse, anyone’s brother or sister and anyone’s children, including our own.

  38. Joseph W Bishop says:

    Backwards writing? Tawana Brawley did that.

  39. So who's fault is that, Natasha? Choosing a young woman who was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned, and manipulated into naming an innocent man, completely distracted from the important message this Mr. Chiles was trying to make.

  40. So who's fault is that, Natasha? Choosing a young woman who was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned, and manipulated into naming an innocent man, completely distracted from the important message this Mr. Chiles was trying to make.

  41. Monifa Foster says:

    Because she's a white pretty woman, Ms. Bell.
    Damsel in distress- reference all those fairy tales that were read to us… classic.

  42. Barry Williams says:

    And the mayor….

  43. Farntella Graham says:

    Robert Owen stay focused, robert. the article is about white people who falsely accuse Black people for the crimes they themselves, commit. amanda knox's defense is not the topic of this article. she threw her own boss under the bus. she worked at the brothers bar/club. she did what white americans can be counted to do to us.

  44. Farntella Graham Amanda did not commit this crime, she was not even accused at the time she named Patrick, and was surrounded by police who were pressuring her to name him. Amanda caved under the pressure of white police who wanted to arrest a Black suspect, immediately retracted it, and has apologized ever since.

  45. Evan Mitchell says:

    Just saw this in my newsfeed. There was a case last year where a babysitter enlisted her boyfriend and an accomplice in a heist in the house she worked in. The trio stole some of their belongings, and then she framed the owners' Black neighbor, Cody Oaks. The police had a sniper trained on this man as they arrested him and then went on to question him for six hours. The only reason he was let go was because the 4-year old girl being babysat told the police that he didn't have the same skin color as the burglars.

  46. David Jonez says:

    I find it interesting how all these people are coming to Amanda Knox's defense and ignoring the fact that she DID accuse a black man of a crime he didn't commit. And that is what this article is about.

    Black people take note, white people stick together. Even against facts.

  47. Robert Owen says:

    Farntella Graham In writing his article, Mr. Chiles was pointing out a hideous phenomenon that I and, I have no doubt, the other Knox supporters here completely agree with. It is a fact of American history that white Americans have exploited black Americans for their own ends. Mr. Chiles is discussing “blaming the black guy”, but he could equally well have discussed other examples of racial mendacity. Yet in calling out Amanda Knox as an example of this “blame the black man” mentality, he’s fallen victim to his own meme. To make his case stick, he is compelled to ignore other possible reasons why Knox might have named Lumumba. The simple “direct from central casting” explanation that fits neatly into his thesis is that she named her boss because he was black. But look at how disconcerted you and other posters here have become at the prospect that Knox “named the black man” for exactly the same reason that four of the Central Park five “named the black man” – because the police, using exactly the same techniques, achieved exactly the same result. Is it really such a troubling prospect to you that a young middle class white woman could actually be a victim of the same type of abuse that countless other young, poor black victims have suffered?

  48. Colleen Conroy says:

    Amanda Knox's case is among those in which the injustice is extremely obvious yet authorities refuse to correct it, even when presented with explicit reality. Many people are drawn to this kind of mind-boggling conundrum — just look at the response to the recent rulings on police slayings of unarmed black men.

    Knox is indeed fortunate (and grateful) that her case generated the interest of people willing to speak out for justice on her behalf. Every victim of injustice is entitled to the same level of support. Their families have the right to promote that kind of support through the media and their own community networks, just as Knox's family did.

    Every activist is not required to work on every case. But every case deserves its own activists.

  49. Colleen Conroy says:

    Did you actually read their replies, David?

    BTW, where is the article about how the white Italian police arrested and abused a black man for a crime he didn't commit? Or do you think college girls are more powerful than police forces?

  50. James Mosley Wrong again, Amanda Knox committed NO crime, she has been falsely accused. That sets her apart from the rest. You need to better educate yourself about the case.

  51. Farntella Graham NO she never said that. She was under intense pressure by cops trained to break the mafia in a language she didn't know. She spilled forth visions under pressure as well you might have. Please educate yourself about the case and the reasons why false confessions lead to so many wrongful convictions.

  52. Alanna Lewis says:

    Michael Scadron actually it (the article) is simply about falsely accusing black people of committing crimes. Whether coerced or not that's what she did. Unfortunately one of the tags for this article is racist allegations which I guess you are saying it was not.

  53. Alanna Lewis It was definitely not because the police were the ones who were demanding to know about Patrick. Amanda NEVER brought up his name, the police found an innocent text message "see you later, good night" and insisted she met him. Amanda didn't name Patrick, only caved into police pressure. In addition, Amanda was NOT accused of the crime at the time she acknowledged police allegations Patrick was the killer, she was only being used as a witness. She does not fit the thesis of the article, whatsoever!

  54. Alanna Lewis says:

    Yes Amanda is a victim also but the concern for her compared to the ten victims that this article is supposed to be about seems unbalanced. Guess they don't matter as much?

  55. Jay Contreras This case is from Italy, don't believe for a moment that Americans get a fair trial, even if they are white. Also there is a feminist angle to this case if you read it in depth. It shows an absolute hatred of a pretty young woman for no rational reason. She was sexualized and demonized just as many young black people have experienced in this country.

  56. Alanna Lewis says:

    Well, maybe the author should make another list about false statements coerced by skilled interrogators to give Amanda justice and all will be right in the world again.

  57. Michael Smith There are others on here who've been manipulated, taken advantage of and killed. They matter
    Focus

  58. Robert Owen says:

    Alanna Lewis In putting Knox in the same rogues gallery as people like Charles Stuart, Chiles has (unintentionally, I suspect) in effect set the table for an argument that says regardless of the circumstances it is always monstrous when white people implicate innocent black people. If that's the argument, then fine – but it then obliges him (and you) to explain why there are circumstances under which a black man may be excused for falsely implicating another black man, while a white woman, when subjected to the same circumstances is not. In his rogues’ gallery, he included the Scottsboro Boys – a 1932 case where two white women falsely accused a group of young black men of rape. During the course of his brutal interrogation, one of those black men, Haywood Patterson was coerced into falsely naming five of the other accused black men. The logic that earns Knox a spot on this collection of race monsters would seem to demand a spot right next to her for Haywood Patterson – I mean, they both named innocent black men, right? Of course, the only morally defensible answer is to acknowledge that, for the same reasons as Patterson, Knox does not belong on the list and neither should be included. Moreover, true moral courage demands that Knox be listed among the victims of the same type of police abuse that Patterson was subjected to.

  59. Amanda is has been wrongfully reconvicted (after having been acquitted by the Hellmann court ruling on the MERITS OF THE CASE). She is facing 28 years of wrongful imprisonment. Alanna, please forgive her friends for caring too much. Remember, we support EVERYONE who has been wrongfully convicted! Do you?
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/291062117582686/

  60. Robert Owen says:

    It’d certainly be a step in the right direction. While blacks suffer terribly and disproportionately from wrongful convictions, the hopeless (and largely anonymous) misery endured by of each of those individual black victims is individually no less horrific and individually no more compelling than the suffering of individual white victims. Working from the same National Registry of Exonerations database, we know that 608 or 40.2% of the wrongful conviction victims identified are white. In emphasizing the disproportionality of black wrongful conviction victims by simply ignoring white (and Hispanic, Asian and Native American) victims, this article’s starting point takes for granted the presumption that injustice is only worthy of legitimate indignation when it’s perpetrated against blacks. What is worse, however, is that articles such as these create the erroneous notion that it is ONLY blacks who are being victimized with the result that it makes it easier for non-blacks to justify ignoring the problem as something that is irrelevant to them. The statistics captured in the National Registry of Exonerations makes it very clear that wrongful convictions are relevant to everyone in our society, and everyone, regardless of their race, has not only a moral but also, a deeply personal self-interest in seeing it remedied. Blacks only constitute 13.5% of the U.S. population – if you want to do something about this problem, you need to make clear to the remaining 86.5% of the population that they, their children and their spouses are at material risk as well.

  61. I want to reiterate what a shame it is that Nick Chiles has distracted from his intended message by incorrectly placing Amanda Knox in this article. Here are facts that are not in dispute by either side:

    Amanda Knox WAS NOT accused of the crime, came to the police station (Questura) VOLUNTARILY, and was not a suspect according to police.

    Amanda never brought up the name of a Black person, the police found the text message, and pressured her on Patrick. The police, desperate to find the killer, pressured her on a Black person.

    By ignoring these facts, you are making the same kind of egregious false accusation the article is attacking. Forgive Amanda's friends for caring, and remember we support EVERYONE who is wrongfully accused and convicted:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/291062117582686/

  62. Alanna Lewis says:

    Robert Owen well that IS what my comment below says. Another list about forced false statements.

  63. Alanna Lewis says:

    Michael Smith send me a link about the reconviction if you got it.

  64. Alanna Lewis Best websites are injusticeinperugia.org and murderofmeredithkercher.com. A major component of this case is sexism by the Italians.

  65. Alanna Lewis However, the context is everything. She never walked in and said Patrick committed murder and rape. She was prompted to say that she could imagine it by the police. That was after a night of torture and abuse and not speaking the language. Amanda immediately issued a denial of all her statements the next morning when she was finally allowed to go to the bathroom, eat and other things. When you actually read what happened she was treated in Italy exactly like minorities in this country who are coerced into false confessions. The author talks about her story falling apart after two weeks. It happened the next day by her efforts not anyone else. She never set out in a racist way to get Patrick who was her boss. Really her story does not belong in this article, it is totally different from the rest of the stories. Finally she has endured tabloid lies for 7 years now and her case is still on appeal in the Kafkaesque Italian justice system. She is innocent of the crime and that is why so many people get so upset when she is unfairly subjected to more bad and untrue publicity. As other posts have said, most of us who responded are deeply involved in false imprisonment as an issue and this is just one case. Actually Amanda herself is involved in the issue and has met with and engaged with others who were falsely imprisoned ranging from African-Americans to white police officers and a white biker. This is a nuanced issue that affects many people, though no question that in this country at least African-Americans have suffered disproportionately.

  66. Alanna Lewis says:

    Larry Saltzman Those Italian authorities seem as inept as the ones in my country.

  67. Robert Owen says:

    Alanna Lewis Acknowledged and agreed – while many of us who have shown up here to comment are interested in the Knox case, we recognize all too well that the broader criminal justice question that cases like hers provoke requires and deserves amplification in publications like the "Atlanta Black Star". An article like the one you suggest that highlights the degree to which coercive police interrogation techniques such as those used against the Central Park Five have contributed to wrongful convictions would be very helpful and much appreciated. I think what baffles so many of us here is that in light of all that could be explored about false confessions in the context of the Knox case and the massive extent to which black victims are routinely subjected to type of coercive police interrogation techniques that she was forced to endure, authors like Mr. Chiles ignore Knox's highly relevant-to-black-interest coercive interrogation story in their rush to characterize her as yet another race dissembling white miscreant, a la Charles Stuart. Not only does that make a villain of a victim, but misses an opportunity to say something relevant about a hideous scourge that is putting innocent people of all races in prison for crimes they didn't commit.

  68. Robert Owen says:

    Alanna Lewis Acknowledged and agreed – while many of us who have shown up here to comment are interested in the Knox case, we recognize all too well that the broader criminal justice question that cases like hers provoke requires and deserves amplification in publications like the "Atlanta Black Star". An article like the one you suggest that highlights the degree to which coercive police interrogation techniques such as those used against the Central Park Five have contributed to wrongful convictions would be very helpful and much appreciated. I think what baffles so many of us here is that in light of all that could be explored about false confessions in the context of the Knox case and the massive extent to which black victims are routinely subjected to type of coercive police interrogation techniques that she was forced to endure, authors like Mr. Chiles ignore Knox's highly relevant-to-black-interest coercive interrogation story in their rush to characterize her as yet another race dissembling white miscreant, a la Charles Stuart. Not only does that make a villain of a victim, but misses an opportunity to say something relevant about a hideous scourge that is putting innocent people of all races in prison for crimes they didn't commit.

  69. Eric Caesar says:

    How did this become article become ALL ABOUT AMANDA KNOX…I DON'T SEE ANY OF YOU RUSHING TO DEFEND THE BLACK MALES THAT WERE WRONGFULLY ACCUSED & CONVICTED OF CRIMES THEY DIDN'T COMMIT BECAUSE A WHITE PERSON LIED…THIS REMINDS ME OF HISTORY…EVERYONE RUNNING TO THE AID OF THE WHITE GIRL…JUST LIKE A LYNCH MOB…WHAT ABOUT THE OTHERS…DID ANYONE SAY THE BLACK MAKES THAT IMPLICATED EACH OTHER WERE"TORTURED"DURING ENDLESS HOURS OF INTERROGATION…NOPE…BUT POOR LITTLE AMANDA"IS INNOCENT"..YOUR SILENCE ON THE OTHER CASES IIMPLIES COMPLICITY WITH THE RULINGS & THE LESS MADE BY SCUM BAGS…THIS IS WHY RACISM WILL NEVER BE ERADICATED UN AMERIKKKA….WHITE MALES STILL..AT ALL COST…EVEN WHEN PROVEN LIARS…WILL STAND UP FOR THE WHITE WOMAN…Y'ALL ARE THE PEOPLE THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT..#VERBALLYNCHMOBS

  70. OK STAY OFF FARINTELLA!!!! DAM….HOW did this become a rebroadcast of the Amanda Knox story? Not ONE white person has stayed ON THE ORIGINAL TOPIC of the post THUS providing another racial Point. Over 6 people have said shewas iinnocent. OK fine but fact remains coerced or not she STILL made the statement. Now WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE OTHER 9 CASES THAT ARE UNMISTAKABLE?????? AND PLEASE DO NOT REPLY WITH ANOTHER AMANDA KNOX FACT THAT YOU HAVE NO WAY OF PROVING 100%. SHE may be innocent… We will discuss that on an AMANDA KNOX THREADS….. CAN WE PLEASE TALK ABOUT A BLACK ISSUE WITHOUT Saying " BUT WHAT ABOUT THE LIL WHITE GIRL!!!!"

  71. On my blog is a brief discussion of Tulia, TX, and I discuss the DNA evidence in the Farah Jama case at some length. I also commented at a blog that supports Eric Frimpong, pointing them to a study about DNA evidence that could be used in his favor. You are right, however; other than that, I haven't done much.

  72. On my blog is a brief discussion of Tulia, TX, and I discuss the DNA evidence in the Farah Jama case at some length. I also commented at a blog that supports Eric Frimpong, pointing them to a study about DNA evidence that could be used in his favor. You are right, however; other than that, I haven't done much.

  73. The author led with this story, perhaps to generate readership. But it is also his weakest example by far. In my own state I have seen tragic cases of wrongful convictions of black men because of mistaken identification, prosecutorial misconduct, or false confession. Please see my comments about making common cause elsewhere in this thread. Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson come to mind.

  74. Robert Owen says:

    Yeah, I organized a support letter campaign for Jason Puracal, chime in frequently on various blogs against specific pending executions and read a ton of books about America's racial history, current issues associated with race and the various schools of philosophical thought that have emerged over time to explain race, I haven't done much either.

  75. Robert Owen says:

    Yeah, I organized a support letter campaign for Jason Puracal, chime in frequently on various blogs against specific pending executions and read a ton of books about America's racial history, current issues associated with race and the various schools of philosophical thought that have emerged over time to explain race, I haven't done much either.

  76. Colleen Conroy says:

    Amanda Knox is as wrongly accused as any of the other victims described in this article. In fact, she is wrongly accused many times over — by the police, by the court, by the actual murderer, and now by the author of the article.

    Knox also is the only wrongly accused defendant from this article who is still facing trial, possible re-conviction and re-incarceration. The wrongly accused in this article who are still living are free because someone worked to free them. We are doing the same.

    There are no doubt many wrongly accused prisoners incarcerated in American prisons as we speak. I agree with you that they would benefit from having many supporters to defend them..

  77. Colleen Conroy says:

    It's not exactly cutting-edge news, Deridra. If you ask Google for "black people falsely accused by white people," you get over five million results, mostly articles on the same topic by other authors. Don't you think we've read about those cases from 1931-1994 a time or two already?

    Seems like the author of this article may be fresh out of new ideas.

  78. Robert Owen says:

    Alright then, let’s talk about those nine other cases.

    In seven of them, it’s clear to me that Mr. Chiles got it exactly correct. After excluding the one case that causes you such irritation, there remain two examples that Mr. Chiles sites that I’m not certain are on point.

    The famous case of Emmitt Till is one of monstrous brutality and meanness, but I’m not certain how it fits into Chiles’s theme of “white people falsely accusing black people.” My understanding of the story is that Mr. Till, who was from Chicago, was visiting family in Mississippi. Unaware of the strict social rules governing behavior of blacks and whites in the Deep South, Mr. Till allegedly made some comment to a white woman in the street that she found vulgar or forward. When she went home and told her husband about it, he gathered up some of his buddies and together they brutally murdered the kid for having the nerve to address his wife in a way that disapproved of. Brutal? Yes. Unforgiveable? Yes. A story that every educated person in America should know and learn from? Absolutely. But it is not a wrongful conviction case – Mr. Till never got a day in court – and as far as I understand it, it is, at best, unclear whether or not Mr. Till actually did make any remarks (untoward or otherwise) to his murderer’s wife.

    (Continued below)

  79. Robert Owen says:

    Continued from above).

    The second case about which I am unclear is that of Darryl Hunt. While Mr. Chiles explains that Mr. Hunt was exonerated on a rape charge, he does not specifically explain specifically which white person bore false testimony against him. While there were indeed white eyewitnesses whose testimony helped to convict Hunt, it is unclear whether the testimony they gave was deliberately false. It is perhaps interesting to note that that the original suspicions about Hunt were provoked by a 911 call made Johnny Gray, a black man, who, for reasons that are unclear, erroneously identified himself to the 911 operator as a friend of Hunts and that the man who DNA evidence ultimately proved actually raped and murdered Debrah Sykes, Willard E. Brown, also a black man, knew for 20 years that Hunt had nothing to do with the crime he (Brown) had committed and yet remained silent. Regardless of the race of the various actors whose actions led to Hunt’s wrongful conviction, the suffering he endured as a result of it was horrific.

    As to the remaining seven unambiguous cases about which it is clear that white’s told lies that led unjustified accusations against blacks, yes, those people are monsters. The suffering and misery they caused innocent black men is unforgiveable and they deserve the special little corner of Hell where they currently reside, or which is waiting for them.

    (Continued below)

  80. Robert Owen says:

    (Continued from above).

    To round out my comments, I point out that Mr. Chiles missed a case that is of particular historical significance and deserves mention in the context of stories about white people leveling false accusations against innocent blacks. This is the 1948 case of the Groveland Four in which 17 year old Norma Padget falsely accused four young black men in Groveland Florida of rape. One young man, Ernest Thomas, was shot by police shortly after Padget leveled her false accusations. In 1951 two of the falsely accused men, Walter Irvin and Samual Shephard, were shot by sheriff Willis McCall who claimed the handcuffed men had tried to escape as he transported them during the night in his car to a new prison. Irvin survived McCall’s assassination attempt and, together with a fourth man, Charles Greenlee, were convicted of murder. Thurgood Marshall led their appeals.

    Okay Deridra, I've shared my thoughts on Mr. Chiles's list. Your turn. What do you think about them? What lessons do you think these stories have to teach and how can those lessons be applied?

  81. What point are you trying to make?

  82. All of the comments are about the Amanda Knox case and how everyone on here studied the case in-depth and is an expert on her case. Congratulations guys.

  83. FINALLY a comment that isn't someone acting like they're an Amanda Knox expert.

  84. Colleen Conroy says:

    Mo Wade Freeman I understand your question. I wrote this post after a number of my colleagues had already posted explanations of HOW the police forced Amanda Knox to accuse Patrick Lumumba. Not wanting to repeat what had already been written, I added some thoughts about WHY the police would have been interested in forcing Knox to accuse Lumumba.

    The information in my post becomes clearer if you first read the ones that were written before it. My point, though, is that it was the police, not Knox, who harmed Lumumba.

    Anti-Black/anti-African sentiments are blatant in Italy. For explicit examples, look into Italian soccer player Mario Balotelli and government Minister Cecile Kyenge.

  85. Colleen Conroy says:

    The author put Amanda's picture and story first for a reason. He knew they would attract readers and comments; they always do. Given the unoriginal nature of his article, I would say he was looking for a way to get a few extra hits.

  86. Mo, I suggest you read Robert Owen's comments above. Alternatively, perhaps we can discuss a case of a white woman accusing a black man that has the temerity to deviate from the usual narrative, that of Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton.

  87. Michael Smith What most people AREN'T GETTING, is "She was prompted to say that she could imagine it by the police. That was after a night of torture and abuse and not speaking the language." The point is, she DID GO WITH IT. Regardless if she went with it for two seconds, or two weeks… She went with it. Now, being coerced is something that's never good. However, why is it that in terms of this particular example, everybody's looking to exonerate her from ANY wrongdoing? A lie, is a LIE. That man spending ANY time locked up, is a result of her going along with what they wanted.

  88. Monifa Foster Amanda Knox has had this horrible experience because she was a pretty white American girl in Italy, at the hands of a prosecutor who hates women and Americans and belongs to a bizarre cult called Opus Dei. And she is getting talked about her because she suffered such an injustice. Most of us defending her have been involved in many other cases of unjust imprisonment involving people of many different ethnicities including an unfortunate number of African-Americans. All victims of injustice deserve are support whatever their background. This includes pretty white girls as well.

  89. Shawn Gillespie says:

    Farntella I'm glad you said it! They want to pretent like she is soooooo innocent. If she wanted to do the right thing she didn't have to say anything. She chose to lie. Endure the torture to protect the truth. See how they come into our discussions to disrupt and distract?

  90. Shawn Gillespie says:

    I know! To hell with amanda. We were presented with 10 cases. No one is talking about the other 9 because a certain group wants to protect one girl that implicated a man that was innocent. I don't care if they hit her in the face with a sledge hammer, she still told a lie. No one can make you lie. Endure the torture to protect the truth.

  91. Shawn Gillespie says:

    I know! To hell with amanda. We were presented with 10 cases. No one is talking about the other 9 because a certain group wants to protect one girl that implicated a man that was innocent. I don't care if they hit her in the face with a sledge hammer, she still told a lie. No one can make you lie. Endure the torture to protect the truth.

  92. Corey J. Allen Harsh, very harsh, Corey. Amanda, in a letter Madison, said, 'If only I had told them to just f*ck-off.' Yes, at a moment of weakness, under intense interrogation, with no lawyer present, the 20 year old girl caved. I am an advocate for victims like Amanda, but I realize most others see it otherwise.

  93. Shawn Gillespie says:

    The question we should be asking is, why do these people choose a black man to accuse? Because its an easy lie. Most people think we are guilty anyway. We have always been guilty until we can prove that we are innocent.

  94. Shawn Gillespie Indeed, Shawn, interrogated by hardened professionals, with no lawyer, at 1:45 in the morning, the 20 year old dippy Seattle girl caved. There will always be those, like Mr. Chiles, who will wish to vilify Amanda forever, while omitting vital contextual details. That is where we come in.

  95. Shawn Gillespie Indeed, Shawn, interrogated by hardened professionals, with no lawyer, at 1:45 in the morning, the 20 year old dippy Seattle girl caved. There will always be those, like Mr. Chiles, who will wish to vilify Amanda forever, while omitting vital contextual details. That is where we come in.

  96. Shawn Gillespie Indeed, Shawn, interrogated by hardened professionals, with no lawyer, at 1:45 in the morning, the 20 year old dippy Seattle girl caved. There will always be those, like Mr. Chiles, who will wish to vilify Amanda forever, while omitting vital contextual details. That is where we come in.

  97. Colleen Conroy says:

    Shawn Gillespie Feel free to talk about the other 9 cases.

  98. Shawn Gillespie says:

    Michael Smith all that is fine and well, but she implicated an innocent man. I don't care what they did to her. She was looking out for her own best interests. Jesus didn't put the blame on anyone else to avoid his fate.

  99. Shawn Gillespie says:

    Michael Smith all that is fine and well, but she implicated an innocent man. I don't care what they did to her. She was looking out for her own best interests. Jesus didn't put the blame on anyone else to avoid his fate.

  100. Colleen Conroy says:

    You won't find anyone here who disagrees with you, Shawn. Reams have been written about this subject and most of us are old enough to have read a lot of it.

  101. Colleen Conroy says:

    You won't find anyone here who disagrees with you, Shawn. Reams have been written about this subject and most of us are old enough to have read a lot of it.

  102. Natasha Brailsford Unfortunately, Natasha, by wrongfully placing an innocent person I care about, and advocate for, #1 in this article, Mr. Chiles has made it impossible to focus. The continued vilification of Amanda, to cover up the racist actions of the Perugian police, necessitates that Amanda's advocates continue ot reiteration the true facts. Mr. Chiles has basically committed the same egregious wrongful accusation he is trying to expose.

  103. Mo Wade Freeman Indeed, Wade. Now think of how fruitful and productive the comments would be if Nick Chiles hadn't exploited Amanda Knox by pasting her face #1, and enraged all of the "self-proclaimed" experts?

  104. Shawn, I think the recent murders of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner, and the support the murderers received, speaks for itself. Racism permeates our so-called system of justice. George Zimmerman is back in the news today- why in hell is he walking free?

  105. Shawn Gillespie says:

    Michael Smith All of those guys were accused of doing something wrong at the time of their deaths. The people that killed them won't ever be put on trial. The guys that was killed have already been put on the trial of public opinion and found guilty. Zimmerman is a example of what happens when a spoiled child goes unpunished after doing something wrong.

  106. Shawn Gillespie says:

    Michael Smith All of those guys were accused of doing something wrong at the time of their deaths. The people that killed them won't ever be put on trial. The guys that was killed have already been put on the trial of public opinion and found guilty. Zimmerman is a example of what happens when a spoiled child goes unpunished after doing something wrong.

  107. Robert Owen says:

    Shawn Gillespie ….you’re simply wrong. Proveably wrong. People confess to crimes they didn’t commit all the time, and they do it not because they’re cowards or weak, but because the cops are experts at getting people to confess. They take courses in it. They train in it. And they are very, very good at it. In something like 62% of all murder cases in the United States prosecutors get confessions from the defendants before they go to trial. Think about that for a second……when you’d think that no rational person would ever confess to a crime, much less murder, fully 62% wind up confessing. Do you really think it was because they were weak or because they thought they’d “feel better” if they confessed? No! It’s because the cops used every technique at their disposal short of (in most cases) physical violence. Of the 1,511 cases listed in the National Registry of Exonerations that Mr. Chiles referenced in his article, 12.7% of the wrongful conviction victims actually confessed to crimes they didn’t commit – 13.9% of the black wrongful conviction victims confessed. Again, think about it – these people were innocent – we KNOW they were innocent and they certainly knew it too, yet the police got them to confess. This is why cases like Amanda Knox are so important for the public to understand because what happened to her could (and does) happen to just about anyone if the police decide they want you.

  108. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/us/judge-vacates-conviction-in-1944-execution.html?_r=0

    Now, who here would like to reply "Circumstances don't matter, George Stinney still confessed, he could have refused, etc, etc,……..

    "His confession was most likely coerced and unreliable, she added, “due to the power differential between his position as a 14-year-old black male apprehended and questioned by white, uniformed law enforcement in a small, segregated mill town in South Carolina.”.

  109. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/us/judge-vacates-conviction-in-1944-execution.html?_r=0

    Now, who here would like to reply "Circumstances don't matter, George Stinney still confessed, he could have refused, etc, etc,……..

    "His confession was most likely coerced and unreliable, she added, “due to the power differential between his position as a 14-year-old black male apprehended and questioned by white, uniformed law enforcement in a small, segregated mill town in South Carolina.”.

  110. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/us/judge-vacates-conviction-in-1944-execution.html?_r=0

    Now, who here would like to reply "Circumstances don't matter, George Stinney still confessed, he could have refused, etc, etc,……..

    "His confession was most likely coerced and unreliable, she added, “due to the power differential between his position as a 14-year-old black male apprehended and questioned by white, uniformed law enforcement in a small, segregated mill town in South Carolina.”.

  111. Shawn Gillespie says:

    Robert Owen I've been there. Facing 20+ years for a crime that I didn't commit. I didn't take a plea bargin, I didn't lie to save my own ass, nor did pass along the blame. Now I can honestly say I have never been to jail or prison and I never put anyone else there for my lies. You can go on with the poor little girl thing all you want, but at the end of the day she lied to save her own ass.

  112. Robert Owen says:

    That's funny Chris! I've been thinking about the Ronald Cotton case as well during the discussion. Like they say on the Innocence Project website – "Know the Causes". Jennifer Thompson was an unbelievably credible witness. While she was being raped and realizing that she could do nothing about it, she resolved to memorize every single detail about her attacker so that later she could, if she ever got the chance, identify him to the police. Yet the moment the police put the picture of Ronald Cotton in front of her and said "that's the guy" the meticulously compiled mental picture she'd suffered so much to retain was wiped away in an instant and the face of Cotton took its place. That’s the way human memory works. Thompson had no interest in seeing just any old black man convicted – she wanted desperately to see the man who’d raped her convicted…and yet when the police fed her the wrong information her the forces of human memory took hold and Cotton got convicted. It's another example of why you can't just say "the white person named the black man – case closed" and have it mean anything. Today Cotton and Thompson tour the country together advocating for reform in the ways police accumulate eyewitness testimony and their activities have resulted in many departments changing their procedures. THAT'S how you curb wrongful convictions!

  113. Robert Owen says:

    I’m very sorry for your troubles. Are they over and are you clear? If they are, I’m happy you made it out with your freedom. Your story, however, is not what happens many of the times. The evidence is overwhelming that false confessions are a leading contributor to wrongful convictions. To deny that – to pretend that they don't happen or that it doesn’t matter – is both to deny the evidence and, even worse, to deny the collective experience of those thousands of victims who, because of coercive police interrogation techniques, wound up being robbed of years of their lives (or, in some cases, their lives itself).

  114. Shawn Gillespie That's setting the bar pretty high, isn't it?

  115. Shawn Gillespie I admire your fortitude, but many intelligent people do falsely confess and falsely implicate others under sufficient pressure. Consider Christopher Ochoa or the Norfolk Four, as well as the Central Park Five.

  116. Where's your article about black people who falsely accused whites of crimes? Oh that's right you're racists who don't reporting anything that doesn't fit your "agenda".

  117. Jay Contreras Stereotype much?

  118. Ricky Thomas says:

    Think before you speak next time,your red neck is showing.lol

  119. JD Davis says:

    ….go join the KKK or Neo-Nazis and quit trolling. Don't you have a gun and confederate flag you can masturbate with there, monkey? RACISM IS SYSTEMIC, STRUCTURAL and INVISIBLE to your mouth-breathing consciousness. For the 2 articles posted by you – there are hundreds, no THOUSANDS of stories just like this one.

  120. Ricky Thomas Oh i see racist stereotypes ARE ok to be used…… correct?

  121. most are white woman making up stories god help us a white woman might be leader of nation

  122. Atlanta black star should just delete the Amanda Knox comments. We as Blacks are so understanding and want every voice to be heard especailly the white voice. Whites stick together when against blacks. The black race forgives and forgives when we are oppressed, killed, lied on and treated horrible by whites. They have done some of the most inhumane acts known on this earth to blacks.

    "Yes sir massa you right, us black folk loves to lie on you good white folk"

  123. Pam Ruatto says:

    Steve Giardini No Steve. WHite people are not going to be enslaved for 200 years and then subjected to Jim Crow. So there will be no reverse racism for you to whine about, no, "same thing happened to me."

  124. Pam Ruatto says:

    Steve Giardini Again, Steve, one black woman falsely accuses a team, and it gets figured out before a single white boy goes to prison. Comparison to being executed for a crime they didn't commit, or imprisoned for years? None.

  125. Steve Giardini – slither back under your rock of ignorance. People like you make us all look ridiculous, repulsive and foolish.

  126. Thanks for showing your racist side Steve! Now we ALL know who to surely stay away from! Bye bye!!

  127. What makes me so mad is the video that shows Michael Brown laying there in the street, WITH COPS ALL AROUND, BUT no one called the EMT's!!! WTF??? This makes me angry!!! I do NOT care what Brown did! He deserved a chance at life! Why are those a**holes NOT being held accountable for his death?!? WHY?

  128. Mel Lara says:

    Agreed Jennifer, agreed.

  129. Mel Lara says:

    Oh stop it!!!! Everyone knows how white people cover up and make accusations on Blacks because they are an easy target. AND yes I've had plenty of whites blame people of color for things THEY did infront of my eyes. They didn't even think they were doing anything wrong.

  130. Pam Ruatto You do realise that western Europe was enslaved by the African Moors for 600 years….. or do you only "selectivly" learn the history that fits your "agenda"?

  131. Jennifer Morency Its racist to point out other people being racist?

  132. How about the 600+ years the African Moors enslaved western Europe?

  133. Pam Ruatto Apparently you are not too good at math.

  134. Steve Giardini: Oh, you mean the 600 years (700 actually) that the Moors brought education, literacy, art, science, mathematics, astronomy, geography, meteorology, hydraulic engineering, culinary art, fashion and agriculture to Europe? The era when 99% of all Europeans were illiterate and the Moors led them out of the Dark Ages and ushered in the Renaissance? Yeah, how about that?

  135. Will Willi Mac Waller slam the mic on top of this fools head brother, you need better info photoboy

  136. Will Willi Mac Waller GOTTTTEEEM….

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