GIVE HISTORY A VOICE- JUSTICE FOR HOWARD!

GIVE HISTORY A VOICE- JUSTICE FOR HOWARD!

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Noah Ibrahim started this petition to Maryland State Government Governer Hogan

In July of 1885…
… a 15-year old boy named Howard Cooper was lynched in Towson.  
His was one of more than 40 racial terror lynchings in Maryland between 1854 and 1933. 
Cooper had been convicted of assault and rape by an all-white jury, which deliberated less than a minute before reaching its verdict. His attorneys were about to file an appeal to the US Supreme Court based on Cooper’s 14th Amendment rights. Rather than risk a reversal, a mob of about 75 masked men stormed the old Baltimore County Jail in Towson, dragged Cooper from the cell where he was being held and hanged him from a sycamore tree next to the building. (From the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project) 


JUSTICE FOR HOWARD 
The 5th & 14th Amendments state … nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law. Howard Cooper’s rights were violated by a mob of about 75 masked men stormed the old Baltimore County Jail in Towson, dragged Cooper from the cell where he was being held and hanged him from a sycamore tree next to the building. He was deprived of due process (and life). 


The 6th Amendment states… the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed. Howard Cooper’s jury was all white and decided his fate in less than a minute. He was denied an impartial jury. 


The 14th Amendment states… nor shall any State ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws". Howard, a 15 year old child, was given the death penalty for rape, where it is unlikely that a white man charged with rape would have been given the same. He was deprived of equal protection. 


136 years later black rights of due process are still being denied because of instances of police brutality. Less than a third of black police brutality victims were thought to have committed a crime, which means most police brutality cases are not about crime. Even if the victim is a suspect, they have a right to a trial, not being killed on the spot. Police are only supposed to use deadly force in self-defense or the defense of another person or group of people. The following black people were denied due process: Daunte Wright, Rayshard Brooks, Daniel Prude, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Stephon Clark, Botham Jean, Philandro Castile, Freddie Gray and many more… 
 
Give history a voice…Demand Justice for Howard! Please sign the petition to overturn Howard Cooper’s conviction, so even in death his VOICE can be heard.
 
For more information about this case and others, please see the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project.
 

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