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Clemency for Kwame Kilpatrick. He was wrong but 28 years is too excessive.

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Dear President Obama,

As a native Detroiter, I am well aware of the things that Mr. Kwame Kilpatrick has done wrong. I believe he should pay for his wrong doings but 28 years in prison is just too excessive.  Prior to you Mr. Obama, I had not believed a black man could be President until I saw how Kwame galvanized the City of Detroit and without his mistakes the sky could have been the limit for him. He gave the city hope again, brought investments in and he truly did make a positive impact in a community that had been headed for destruction since the 50's because labor costs, white flight and the decline of the Big 3 automotive companies. I recognize that yes, Kwame is not without fault and has done wrong and should have to pay for what he has done, but let us remember that we are not talking about a career criminal. We are talking about a man with multiple degrees who rose to Mayor in one of the Major cities in the country when he could have fled the ruins of Detroit and taken his talents to Washington or the private sector. Instead he took the rains of a sinking ship and did a better job than anyone could have expected.  I plead with you to support change for Kwame.  This is yet another extremely intelligent black man that we are going to allow to rot away in prison.  Instead he could be released and given the opportunity to work for the State and City government to educate young politicians on the slippery slope of corruption which every Senator, Congressmen, State Rep, Governor, Mayor, Aldermen and City Council member face everyday.  Everyday one of these elected officials is walking a tight rope in between what is considered politics and what is considered racketeering and corruption. Pull Kwame out of prison and let him use his mind, his heart and his voice to shield other young politicians, black men and women away from the unfortunate trap he fell into.  Yes people were hurt, yes people were mad but I have forgiven him and others will as well.  Everyone deserves a second chance and I believe the City of the Detroit will be a better place with OUR Son out of prison and back home doing the work to rebuild his family, city and his reputation.  Kwame is just too smart to be in prison and it is a disservice and an atrocity to lock him away for that long.  His wife and children are barely surviving. They are being watched and hunted down by the government for any money or help they receive.  It's wrong and it needs to be made right.  This is my final point.  President Obama you recently pardoned some people who actually sold drugs and were caught.  The reason you pardoned them was because even though they sold drugs, the sentences they were given were too excessive. One of the people pardoned happens to be Denver Bronco's Demaryius Thomas' mother.  This is a quote from the White House post the pardon " These unduly harsh sentences are one of the reasons the President is committed to using all the tools at his disposal to remedy unfairness in our criminal justice system. Today, he is continuing this effort by granting clemency to 46 men and women, nearly all of whom would have already served their time and returned to society if they were convicted of the exact same crime today." Even though Kwame was at fault while Mayor of Detroit....28 years is too excessive.  There are too many black men in prison to date. Many if who were released may or may not make an impact.  Let's not keep a GOOD one in there for 28 years. Kwame can make an impact on SO many people the day he walks out of prison.  Thank you in advance for your support and peace be with you for reading.

Very Respectfully,

The People for the release of Kwame Kilpatrick

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