By Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris
4.3.17: Philadelphia – (Politics): On this Tuesday afternoon outside of the District Attorney’s Office, where Mr. Seth Williams, the chief law enforcement officer who was indicted last month on 23 counts of corruption but stills works in his position though with a recently suspended law license, the Philadelphia social and racial justice community will present a united front and demand a resignation from the disgraced politician first elected in 2009 by less than 10% of the City’s population.
Interestingly enough, some of the activists who on Tuesday at 12pm will convene at 3 S. Penn Square were, years ago, supporters and endorsers of Mr. Williams – like Minister Rodney Muhammad, the President of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP who in 2009 encouraged many to vote for Mr. Williams but now has apologized for that guidance – others, however, are, and have been, staunch critics.
Since at least 2013, activists Mr. Asa Khalif of Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania and Mr. Greg Brinkley, who also works as a private investigator and is a former correctional officer – both men will attend Tuesday’s press conference and are expected to speak aggressively and critically about the District Attorney and the office he represents – have expressed no confidence in Mr. Williams, a fifty year-old Democrat who stands accused of selling his power and influence for gifts of all kinds, due to the hastily imprisonment of a wrongfully accused teenager that was later freed because of a lack of evidence but without an apology or reparations.
In 2014, Ms. Paula Pebbles – the Chair of the Philadelphia chapter of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network who on Tuesday at the press conference will be joined by Deacon Matthew Smith, the organization’s president – was one of the most recognizable opposers of Mr. Williams.
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Ms. Pebbles’ organization then was an advocate for Mr. Darrin Manning, a teenage basketball star who claimed that while on the way to a game in North Philadelphia a cop stopped-and-frisked him and, did it so aggressively, that a testicle was ruptured.
Mr. Williams, who impaneled a grand jury but opted not to disclose its racial makeup to me upon my request, said no evidence was found that the accused unnamed female cop did anything wrong, and he was critical of Mr. Manning and his upbringing due to him running away from the police, which was the catalyst for the confrontation – Mr. Manning’s mother last Monday appeared at the tail-end of a protest to demand Mr. Williams’ resignation.
Ms. Pebbles was angry, vocal and unimpressed with Mr. Williams then, and the same is true now.
“Seth Williams is no longer the District Attorney for Philadelphia County because he has violated the law as evidenced by the charges made against him and therefore he should be willing, with some level of dignity, to remove himself from the position for which he was elected. The only vote from the citizens he has received is a vote of no confidence,” Ms. Pebbles wrote in a statement sent exclusively to Techbook Online.
The Rev. Gregory Holston, who was an early supporter of Mr. Williams but grew disillusioned with him after he showed “little concern” for the family of the late Mr. Brandon Tate-Brown after the 26 year-old was shot and killed while unarmed and fleeing in December of 2014, told me that the demand for him to resign immediately is not done lightly, but nonetheless is necessary, and the decision is rooted in the aforementioned fatal police killing wherein no one was held accountable.
“The quicker he’s out of Office, the quicker the chance for justice for Brandon Tate-Brown and his mother, Tanya Brown-Dickerson,” the reverend said in a statement.
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