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Petition to Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Walker County Georgia sheriffs department

Help support Justice for Dj and demand this case be brought in front of a grand jury

As most are aware, my baby brother Dj "Don" was shot and killed on October 3rd 2016. His death was originally called in as a suicide by the monster that pulled the trigger. Since day one the detectives bungled the investigation and even with hard evidence and many witnesses, a failed polygraph test, the person of interest changing his story of what happened that day many times, 911 telling person of interest that called in the suicide to move the gun, the fact that Dj was texting several people the time he was shot begging to get out of the home as he stated “he was going to end up dead there and that it would save his life”, the fact Dj was right handed but was shot in the left cheek, no forensics testing done what so ever and much, much more that this person killed Dj and in fact was not a suicide This has gone no further then where it stands today. We are asking for support to help with the awareness and to help spread his story so justice can be brought to Dj, his 3 babies as well as family and friends. The day Dj was shot he was sent to GBI crime lab for a “limited” autopsy with the information given to them that this was a self inflicted suicide by shotgun because they had a witness that seen it “Person of interest”. That was the only information sent to the crime lab with my brother. Once he arrived, the medical examiner ruled his death as a suicide based on that information. No gun residue test was ever done on Dj, they wasn’t aware Dj was right handed but was shot in the left check at a front to back, left to right and downward angle with a shotgun. Was not aware there was more then the one witness, any of the facts surrounding the shooting the day it occurred. And didn’t care nor ask. Weeks/months into the investigation, it would be changed from a suicide investigation to possible homicide investigation by the lead detective at Walker county due to all the evidence and truth that was coming out. The Walker county sheriffs departments detectives nor coroner was ever in contact with the medical examiner to let her be aware of the changes or updates in the case which lead to cause and manner of death being “written in stone” as suicide by self inflicted gunshot wound to the face. Which was done on oct 5, 2016. The day after Dj was shot/day of autopsy. Once the investigation was handed over to the District attorney, he concluded this as a suicide based on the autopsy findings and considered the case closed. All we have asked from the beginning was for them to present this case in front of a grand jury to let them decide if an arrest or indictment should/could be made. As we know  there is significant evidence. We have been ignored, lied to and blew off. I have done whatever I can think of to come up with funds to hire my own Private investigator “Eric Echols” to review this case, do his own interviews as well as present all the evidence to the medical examiner which was never aware of all the evidence and consider relooking at the case and over turning her original ruling. She however will not budge and herself as well as the GBI states they are confident in their original ruling. God knows what we have been through since October 2016 and everything we have done to try and fight for Dj's justice and some form of closure. We appreciate all the help and support given to us in order to get justice for Dj and some closure to us as well as getting a murderer off the streets. We do not want this to happen to another innocent person or for another family to suffer as we are still doing by the hands of this person. I will fight til my last breath to stand up for this and be a voice for the voiceless as right is right and wrong is wrong. I have two social media pages to support the fight for justice for Dj. Please link to my brothers Facebook page as well as twitter so you can read some details in the case as they are all public records. I have information from 2 weeks prior to his murder up until now. We have a wonderful support team as well as professionals helping us in this fight who are confident in this case. But we can always use more. Djs story is gaining a lot of media attention everyday as anyone can see there is a huge injustice being done here. Please help us in getting this taken in front of a grand jury to get a indictment and whatever else needs to be done for justice. Anyone who has read this case can see clearly what it was and can say with 100% certainty that this was not a suicide but in fact a homicide. I am sick and tired of the corruption and cover ups that are going on in this county and it is time someone finally stands up to them and let's them see that they work for the people. To this day, we have yet to get a return phone call from Walker county sheriff Steve Wilson or walker county coroner Dewayne Wilson with any questions or concerns that we have had throughout this time. Please share my brothers story and help us in his fight for justice and support is always appreciated. And thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the thoughts, prayers and support.  Find his story on Facebook at     And on twitter at

Amanda Shirley
402 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Eric Holcomb, Donald Trump, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

70 Years in Prison for Being a Lookout on a 1st Offense!? Cruel and Ineffective!

 It can happen to you, "Man Gets 70 Years in Prison on 1st Offense for Being a Lookout."  "Only in America: Lookout Gets Life Sentence for 1st Time Offense."  How can a first-time offense for robbery warrant more time than a murderer or child molester? This petition is a chance to make a difference in the lives of not only the family and friends of Vernell, but also the community.  Vernell Freeman was sentenced to 70 years beginning on November 3, 2000.  This sentencing was the result of going to trial with a public defender, and not a personal attorney. Vernell was charged with 2 burglaries and other crimes as a result of the burglary, such as receiving stolen items, and robbery with bodily injury.  I agree and stand with the decision to incarcerate Vernell for his actions.  No one deserves to have their home invaded and things taken.  I have had my home invaded on 3 separate occasions so I sympathize with the victims, however, I disagree with the amount of time given for this crime.  In my case the person who broke in was given probation.  Vernell has to live with his mistakes forever, he can never forget what he did, but he can apologize for what he did, and repent and ask for forgiveness in an attempt to move on in life.  Injustice comes in many forms, and at times when we don't recognize it, and at times there is not much we can do.  In this case, we can clearly see an injustice.  He went in around age 22 and will not be able to return to society, loved ones, or home until he is about 58 years old.  What quality of life will he have?  He will be struggling for jobs at that age, trying to rekindle relationships with his adult children and adult grandchildren who only know them through a picture, phone call, letter, or video.  He loves his children, and stays in contact with them. He will also mourn and miss loved ones who are deceased, whom he will never get to show how much of a better person he has become.  This was Vernell's first offense, and his first trial ever in life.  He had not been to prison prior to this, 70 years is a horrid sentencing at such a young age.  There have been many cases that show that you can in fact kill someone, or hurt someone and still get less time than Vernell did for his crime. According to Guerra (2014)  "Judge Kurt Eisgruber in May sentenced David Wise to eight years of home detention for drugging his then-wife and raping her while she was unconscious."  Wierks (2015) states that, “Two decades ago, Tony Degrafreed, 52, was convicted for killing his first wife, Stacy Degrafreed. He served 11 years in prison for her murder.” According to Garrison (2017) “A 28-year-old woman whose vehicle was used to kidnap two teenage brothers later brutally murdered was sentenced to 30 years in prison.” Vernell has completely turned his life around, he focuses on God, and God has become the center of his life.  He is a positive influence on many other prisoners around him, and he has, with letters and phone conversations helped with the happiness and well-being of his home and children. This petition is not a selfish cry out for Vernell to be freed, this is a holistic cry out, because I am a mother and a teacher, and I see where our young men are headed.  Vernell has a gift and talent that he discovered while in prison and so, we thank God for him going to prison, God has saved his life there.  He had a chance to sit still, and grasp the life that God purposed for him.  He is now ready to share this goodness with others.  He is the perfect candidate to show that prison can in fact be rehabilitation for some.  He has written to me these words, "Be still, be patient, listen to God- He talks to us through us - the signs are there and have always been there.  It might not be how we wanted it, but it's without a doubt what we need." I know without a doubt that prison was a gift for Vernell, he was on the wrong path in life, but he has not been given a second chance to prove himself worthy for a second chance at life. What is a second chance? We use second chances all the time.  Supervisors warn of what will happen if a worker encounters an infraction, we tell our children what consequence will be rendered upon a second time around, as a teacher my students get more than enough chances to turn their behavior around.  What is a second chance? It is a chance to see if what you said, or did actually worked.  In this case, has prison served its purpose in Vernell’s life?   Benson (2003) stated that, "Until the mid-1970s, rehabilitation was a key part of U.S. prison policy. Prisoners were encouraged to develop occupational skills and to resolve psychological problems--such as substance abuse or aggression--that might interfere with their reintegration into society. Indeed, many inmates received court sentences that mandated treatment for such problems. Since then, however, rehabilitation has taken a back seat to a "get tough on crime" approach that sees punishment as prison's main function, says Haney. The approach has created explosive growth in the prison population, while having at most a modest effect on crime rates. As a result, the United States now has more than 2 million people in prisons or jails--the equivalent of one in every 142 U.S. residents--and another four to five million people on probation or parole. A higher percentage of the population is involved in the criminal justice system in the United States than in any other developed country."   How do we gauge what works or not, if some people who it may have worked with, does not get a chance to show that it worked!   Vernell deserves a chance to come out into society, to make a difference in our youth, and to show the courts and the prisons, that he is an example of someone who just simply needs a second chance at life.  He has 2 daughters, 6 sons, and 2 grandsons that love him dearly.  He has lost his dad, and many others while he has been in prison, and his mother is having current health issues.  He is needed in their lives. He is needed in many other lives in this community; allow him a chance to show the goodness of his change.  Are his sins different from the sins people are committing daily.  Is it different for him because his are on public record? Everyone makes mistakes, sign this petition to support second chances, and to advocate against near life sentencing on 1st offense cases.  Vernell is prepared to help save generations, as well as show that prison can be a positive institute if it is used in the proper manner. Thank you in advance for your support in this case.   Works Cited Benson, E. (2003). Rehabilitate or Punish? Psychologists are not only providing treatment to prisoners; they're also contributing to debate over the nature of the prison itself, 34(7). Retrieved from Guerra, K. (2014, June 29). Marion County criminal cases with sentences less than expected. Indy Star. Retrieved from Wierks, K. (2015, October 6). Indianapolis man gets 60 year prison sentence for second wife’s murder.  Channel 4 News. Retrieved from Garrison, S. (2017, December 1). Woman sentenced to 30 years prison for kidnapping of murdered teenage brothers.  NW Indiana Times. Retrieved from    

Michelle Freeman
204 supporters
This petition won 1 month ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo, Central Park, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Bill de Blasio

Racial Injustice: Honor African American Victims of Surgical Experimentation

     J. Marion Sims was a physician that lived in the 1800's.  Many medical scientists and doctors in healthcare today hail him as a modern hero, earning him the title, "Father of Modern Gynecology."  He is credited with the creation of a groundbreaking surgery to fix vesicovaginal fistulas in women.        What is not being talked about however, is the unethical and inhumane experimental surgeries he performed on African-American enslaved women and babies.                     Central Park is honoring a man for treating black slaves like animals.      Sims first began studying what he called "trismus nascentium," which is now known as tetanus bacteria.  A tetanus bacterium develops from horse manure, and enslaved infants had a higher rate of the disease, most likely from being in close contact with horses and horse barns.  His comments in the article are very clear about the way he viewed African Americans.  He says, "Wherever there are poverty, and filth, and laziness, or where intellectual capacity is cramped, the moral and social feelings blunted, there it [tetanus] will be found oftener...."      Sims bought black slave babies, and using a shoemaker’s awl, pried into the infant's skulls to fix what he called a "misalignment" of the head.            He bought these child slaves for the sole purpose of performing these surgeries.  After their death he would autopsy their bodies.                        He then began trying to develop a new surgical technique for vesicovaginal fistulas.  Once again, he purchased several black slaves.  His method was to perfect his technique on the slaves, and once he mastered it, treat the upper-class white women.  He set up a hospital in his backyard where he performed painful, dehumanizing, and inhumane surgeries on these women, none of whom were given anesthesia.  The youngest slave was only 17 years of age.  He would often round up other surgeons to watch this horrific procedure being performed, and after surgery he gave them very little food or water for several weeks. One woman alone, named Anarcha, had as many as 30 operations.                     After he had perfected his surgery, he began traveling extensively and treating elite class white women.  They were all given anesthesia, and all of them had a choice about whether or not they wanted the surgery.  He became a world famous doctor. The statue of him stands tall in the New York City Central Park.      The true heroes of this story are the slaves, and they are the ones that deserve a statue placed in the park in their honor.  We need to make sure that these brave and courageous women and precious infants are not forgotten.  Slavery is now a thing of the past, and we as a nation have come a long way.  We want Central Park to tell the entire story, and give credit where credit is due.      To honor a man like this is and ignore the true heroes is to disrespect an entire nation of people whose ancestors have suffered at his hands.                      Please join me in petitioning the Governor and mayor of New York, Central park, and speaker of the New York City council Melissa Mark-Viverito in asking that a similar statue be erected in honor of the slaves.      I am a student that is passionate about social equality and justice for a people nationwide. Placing this statue is the first step in paying respect to all of those slaves who had no voice. We are always appreciative to all the pioneers who developed modern medicine, but never at the expense of human test subjects. 

26,172 supporters