I am furious with myself for not properly writing as I have in many instances since starting this blog about the horrifying event that led to its creation: The Dunbar Village Atrocity. I have been extremely busy with my Doctorate classes and the end of the school year where I teach and other activities that I was simply exhausted. However, I don't excuse myself for missing the remembrance of a crime so horrifying, so savage, so evil that I have not been the same since. It is something that will be imprinted in my mind for as long as I live and I will do alll that I can as a teacher and in other fields to prevent other Dunbar Villages from happening.
In that spirit I would like to share an excellent post from who I consider a mentor, Gina McCauley and her blog What About Our Daughters. She gets straight to the point as always:
From June 18th 2009
Dunbar Village Two Years Later
"Two years ago today, in West Palm Beach Florida ten masked men and boys invaded the home of a Black mother and child and committed crimes against humanity and nature:
[Today] marks the 2-year anniversary of the gang rape of a 35-year-old mother who was forced to have sex with her 12-year-old son in West Palm Beach’s Dunbar Village housing project. Their attackers held them at gunpoint for three hours, then poured alcohol, nail polish remover and ammonia on the woman in an attempt to destroy evidence. They poured cleaning solution in her son’s eyes. The only reason they didn’t set the pair on fire, the woman told police, was because they couldn’t find a lighter. Palm Beach Post
Now one of the defendants who previously plead guilty to the crime is attempting to force prosecutors to enforce his plea agreement:
One of four young men charged in the gang rape of a mother and her 12-year-old son in a West Palm Beach public housing complex is accusing the state of backing out of a plea deal.
Tommy Lee Poindexter, 20, confessed his involvement in the Dunbar Village attack and gave authorities information on at least three murders, according to a defense motion.
The Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office filed the motion late last week on Poindexter’s behalf asking a court to compel the State Attorney’s Office “to perform its side of the agreement.”
Public Defender Carey Haughwout says the deal calls for Poindexter to receive a 25-year prison sentence in exchange for his truthful testimony about his involvement in the case plus information he had about three other homicides. SOURCE
Now you know the world is upside down when people are demanding that you let them have a 25-year sentence.
The trial is set for August 18th of this year. We [ by "we" I mean "I"] am debating whether we (all of us) should hire a freelance journalist to be our eyes and ears in the courtroom for the trial(s). I’ll share more after Blogging While Brown is over, but to those of you emailing me saying you want to “help” this might be a way to do that."