Grant clemency for an innocent man serving life in prison

Grant clemency for an innocent man serving life in prison

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Charuta Ahmaiua started this petition to Illinois Governor and

Lamont Douglas is currently imprisoned at Menard Correctional Center in Southern Illinois for the past 17 years for a crime he did not commit.  If he is not granted clemency, or if his wrongful conviction is not overturned, he will die in prison.  Showing your support and signing this petition is literally life and death for an innocent man. With enough signatures, we hope to compel the Illinois department of justice to take another look at his case. 

The Chicago police department issued a "stop order/investigative alert" for Lamont Douglas, not an arrest or a search warrant.  However, the Chicago police department broke down his friend's door, illegally searched his friend's apartment, and illegally arrested Lamont without a warrant anyway.

They harshly interrogated him, threatened his family with harm, and denied him food and water for 3 full days.  Delirious and dehydrated, withdrawing from heroin, Lamont falsely confessed to a crime he did not commit.  Ironically, the 72 hours of interrogation was never video recorded, but the 2-minute false confession, after he would have done anything to make it stop, was.  

There was never any eye witness to the crime, no DNA evidence, no weapon found, no witnesses called by his incompetent, overworked defense attorney (even though 5 people could verify his whereabouts during the time of the crime).  Lamont was targeted because he had drug-related priors and lived in the same neighborhood when this crime happened.  

Lamont was sentenced to 75 years in prison because of an illegal arrest, a coerced confession, and for having drug-related priors.  Being poor, black, addicted to drugs, coupled with a criminal justice system laced with systemic racism made Lamont, and so many others like him, vulnerable to this wrongful conviction.

If you think this is difficult to believe, consider that 20% of those whose convictions have been overturned in the US have falsely confessed!   It is estimated that between 2 and 5% of the 2.2 million people currently incarcerated in the US are actually innocent of the crime they are in prison for, which is between 44,000 and 110,000 people!  

How is this possible?  Prosecutors get promotions the more cases they win.  Detectives get promotions the more cold cases they close.  A culture of racism in policing allows for these inhumane interrogations and illegal arrests.  Had Lamont not been illegally arrested, this never would have happened.  It needs to stop! 

Lamont deserves a retrial or clemency.  He has lost too much while serving his sentence.  His crime was being addicted to drugs and being vulnerable to police interrogations, not the crime he is in prison for.  

To help our cause, please sign this petition, share it as well as like and share our Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/FreeLamont

 

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