Justice for Jelani Day #WhatHappenedtoJelani
Sep 28, 2021 —
We pray this communication finds each of you well. With great concern, we, the members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., the Nu Epsilon chapter at Alabama A&M University, both current and alumni members, write to demand a formal investigation be launched to bring to justice those responsible for the death of our dear brother Jelani Day.
The Bloomington Police Department is currently leading the investigation, but our extreme concern is that this agency has shown the inability to handle a case of this nature. In the department’s news conference, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2021, public information officer John Fermon admitted the following concerning facts:
- Inability to assign multiple investigators to Jelani’s case
- Investigators admit to randomly authorizing officers to help in the case after the lone investigator was overwhelmed.
- Failure to utilize current investigative and analytical tools
- Jelani’s body was found Sept. 4 but was not positively identified until Sept. 23
- Failure to secure critical surveillance video
- Bloomington PD did not secure or request security videos from nearby establishments where Jelani was last seen.
- Failure to secure and process crime scene after Jelani’s body was found
- College students found Jelani’s clothes at the location days after removing his body from the Illinois River.
- Failure to request federal assistance
For these reasons et al., we request federal authorities and state authorities now lead the investigation.
Jelani is loved and represents the absolute best of our beloved fraternity; therefore, bringing those responsible for this heinous act to justice is not a request but a demand.
The person(s) responsible for Jelani’s death is now walking our community free, and we will not rest until those responsible are brought to justice.
We urgently await your response, contact and coordination with the Day family for whom we stand beside to demand justice.
The Nu Epsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Alabama A&M University
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