Sunday, September 4, 2016

Detroit, Michigan: The Shocking Case of Lacino Hamilton

It was July 1994 when Lacino Hamilton's foster mother was shot and killed inside her home. The Detroit woman who had raised Lacino was named Willa Bias, but he called her "Mom." Lacino, who was 19 at the time he was found guilty of the murder, is now 41 and imprisoned at Thumb Correctional Facility in Lapeer, Michigan, serving a sentence that will not expire until he is at least 71. He has always insisted that he loved his foster mother and that he is not the murderer. He was convicted based on the testimony of a "jailhouse snitch" in exchange for a lighter sentence, and a coerced confession from a friend who later refused to testify against him in court, but they still used the written confession.

In a personal letter, Lacino demonstrated a deep sense of self-reflection. He told me that while he is innocent of the murder, he was not "innocent." He was a drug dealer participating in the gangster lifestyle. Investigators speculate that Willa was murdered for the $70,000 cash Lacino had been storing in the basement. Lacino hopes that upon his release, he could work with urban youth to teach them positive alternatives to crime. He has spent his two decades in prison reading and writing many thoughtful essays addressing the problem of the "school to prison pipeline" and the irrational US policies that marginalize the poor.

"How some of us live is not a mistake; neither is it the product of a broken system. We live like that because it is profitable to a lot of people businesses: pawn shops, pay-day loan services, slum lords, creditors, social services and others who traffic in misery," he wrote.

Lacino also wrote letters to thousands of journalists, lawyers and colleges hoping someone would listen to his story of wrongful incarceration. Finally he heard back from Claudia Whitman, the director of the National Death Row Assistance Network, which recommends cases to the Innocent Project. At last an attorney, Mary Chartier, agreed to take on the case pro bono. If all goes well, Lacino will receive a retrial next year and hopefully be released.

In 2013, an investigator looking into Lacino's case contacted Christopher Brooks, who decided to finally speak out about Lonnie Bell, the man he saw exiting Willa Bias' home shortly after the murder, now that Lonnie is dead as a result of gang warfare. Lonnie had admitted to Christopher over lines of cocaine that he had committed the murder "because she was supposed to be dead." Lonnie also told Christopher that if he said anything, he would kill him too. Spooked, Christopher moved to Monroe, Michigan, a town near the Ohio border, to avoid Lonnie.

The informant, Olivera Rico Cowen, who is responsible for Lacino's false conviction, died of AIDS after he got his sentence reduced from 15 years to one year in exchange for "cooperating" with homicide detectives. Even though Olivera was the key witness in six other murder convictions, his testimony was accepted in lieu of evidence, leading to Lacino's 80 year sentence.

"In many cases, even if all the witnesses have recanted, or if a person claims innocence, it's still difficult to [overturn a conviction]. The courts are more concerned with whether the trial has been procedurally proper," Attorney Mary Ownes told Truthout.

However, US police, and in particular the Detroit Police Department, are coming under increasing scrutiny from the Federal Department of Justice and the public. Detroit police are notorious for withholding evidence from trials, that would prove the suspect's innocents. Detectives routinely provide witnesses with prewritten statements to memorize. Corruption in the homicide department led to the closure of the DPD's crime lab in 2008, while the FBI discovered that Detroit's former mayor, Kwame Kilpatric, who is now imprisoned, was discovered having a romantic affair with the federal monitor on police reforms, who had been sent to look into a report that Detroit police committed the highest number of fatal shootings compared to all other police forces in the US.

"Thinking broadly about the ways incarceration is constructed and reconstructed, or alternatives to incarceration, is complicated by networks of social control. Which operate to legitimize who has the authority to speak about incarceration, what can be said about incarceration, and what is sanctioned as true about incarceration," writes Lacino in the introduction to a book he is writing.

"One important mechanism for challenging the system of incarceration, then, is incarcerated men and women, and the communities in which they come from, must begin to speak for themselves. Incarcerated people can articulate an analysis of incarceration from the particular vantage point of lived experience. Use this to analyze policies and practices that support incarceration. And generate alternatives to caging people for part or all of their lives.

"These subjugated analyses about the world of incarceration define that world and possibilities differently. Thus, listening to and learning from the analyses and experiences of incarcerated men and women can help the broader society get a clearer understanding of the ordeal of retribution style justice; and suggest more imaginative alternatives for repairing harms caused in our society," Lacino concludes.

Lacino's investigative attorney team continues to track down witnesses and collect affidavits and push for a retrial. Please keep him and other wrongfully incarcerated people in your prayers.

Lacino Hamilton #247310
Thumb Correctional Facility
3225 John Conley Dr.
Lapeer, MI 48446

This article is based on a report by Aaron Cantu entitled "Ring of Snitches: How Detroit Police Slapped False Murder Convictions on Young Black Men," published March 31, 2015 in Truthout.

7 comments:

  1. BLACK LIFERS MATTER

    BLACK SERIAL KILLERS

    http://whitereference.blogspot.com/2008/05/so-you-thought-only-whites-were-serial.html
    http://prisonerofpeace.com/

    One of the most frequent rejoinders spouted by anti-racists and lemmings in response to objective and empirical evidence of black disproportionality to crime is that an “overwhelming” number of serial killers are white. Invariably the names of Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy are brandished as weapons of self-righteousness.
    In response, the editor of the DetroitIsCrap blog invested several hours in researching, transcribing, and publishing the list of black serial killers provided below. The editor of the DetroitIsCrap blog has taken upon himself the Herculean task of reporting what’s called “TNB” in Detroit. Since Detroit is nearly 90 percent black, tracking and reporting “TNB” in Detroit is a task akin to Hercules cleaning the Augean stables, or Sisyphus eternally rolling the rock uphill. It is astonishing that one man alone could possibly do it. Here’s a YouTube video providing a quick snapshot of the list:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8gYc5fvMQ0

    BLACK SERIAL/MASS/SPREE KILLER LIST:
    1. Matthew Emanuel Macon (Murdered and Raped 5 White Women in Lansing)
    2. Jimmie Reed (Murdered his wife and his 2 month old daughter and set them on fire)
    3. Shelly Brooks (Murdered 7 prostitutes in Detroit Cass Corridor)
    4. Justin Blackshere (Stabbed two white cooks at Cheli’s Chili downtown Detroit)
    5. Jervon Miguel Coleman (Murdered three people.)
    6. Donell Ramon Johnson (Murdered a mother and a daughter)
    7. Brian Ranard Davis (6 women known murdered by nigger)
    8. Paul Durousseau (Seven women)
    9. Mark Goudeau “The Baseline Killer” (Eight women and a man in 2005-2006)
    10. Coral Eugene Watts (11 women in Texas & 1 in Michigan)
    11. Anthony McKnight (Five girls and young women)
    12. Derrick Todd Lee (8 Women)
    13. Charles Lendelle Carter (4 known murders; admits to ‘hunting’ Atlantans for 15 years!)
    14. The Zebra Killings (71 White people)
    15. Chester Turner (L.A.s most prolific killer 12 women killed.)
    16. Lorenzo J. Gilyard (Kansas City, MO.—13 victims)
    17. Eugene Victor Britt (Gary, IN.–3 known murder/rapes.)
    18. Reginald and Jonathan Carr (The Wichita Massacre–6 Whites murdered)
    19. Ray Joseph Dandridge and his uncle, Ricky Gevon Gray (Richmond, VA.–Murdered 7 people in 7 days, including an entire White family.)
    20. The Tinley Park Murderer (Suspect hasn’t been found but has been described as black – murdered 5 women in a store.)
    21. Henry Louis Wallace (Raped and strangled 5 women to death.)
    22. Charles Johnston (Murdered 3 unarmed white men in hospital)
    23. Craig Price (Brutally murdered 3 women)
    24. Harrison Graham (Brually Murdered 3 women)

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  2. BLACK LIFERS MATTER BLACK SERIAL KILLERS

    PART 2

    25. Charles Lee “Cookie” Thornton (Murdered 6 Whites at the Kirkwood, MO. city council. )
    26. & 27. Darnell Hartsfeld & Romeo Pinkerton (Abducted and Murdered 5 from a restaurant)
    28 &29. John Allen Muhammad & Lee Boyd Malvo (Sniped 11 people from a car in DC, 9 died.)
    30. George Russell (3 women, WA state)
    31. Timothy W. Spencer (5 killed, Arlington, VA and Richmond, VA)
    32. Elton M. Jackson (12 gay men killed, Norfolk, VA area)
    33. Carlton Gary (3 killed in Columbus, GA)
    34. Mohammed Adam Omar (16 women, Yemen. Omar is Sudanese.)
    35. Kendall Francois (8 women, Poughkeepsie, NY and surrounding areas.)
    36. Terry A. Blair (8 women, Kansas City area)
    37. Wayne Williams (33 many of them children!, Atlanta, GA)
    38. Vaughn Greenwood (11 killed in LA)
    39. Andre Crawford (10 killed in Chicago – southside)
    40. Calvin Jackson (9 killed possibley more in NY)
    41. Gregory Klepper (killed 8, Chicago – southside)
    42. Alton Coleman (Killed 8 in the Midwest)
    43. Harrison Graham (killed 7+ in N. Philadelphia)
    44. Cleophus Prince (6 killed in, San Diego
    45. Robert Rozier (7 killed in, Miami)
    46. Maurice Byrd (killed 20 + in St. Louis)
    47. Maury Travis (17 and rising, St. Louis and possibly also Atlanta)
    48. Hulon Mitchell, a.k.a. Yahweh Ben Yahweh (killed 20+ in Florida)
    49. Lorenzo Fayne (killed 5 children in East St. Louis, IL)
    50. Paul Durousseau, (killed 6, two of which were pregnant women, Jacksonville, FL; Georgia.)
    51. Eddie Lee Mosley (killed 25 to 30 women, south Florida)
    52. Henry Lee Jones (killed 4 in, south Florida; Bartlett, TN)
    53. Richard “Babyface” Jameswhite (15 killed in, New York; Georgia.)
    54. Donald E. Younge, Jr. (killed 4), East St. Louis, IL; Salt Lake City, UT.
    55. Ivan Hill (killed 6 in Los Angeles area).
    56. Michael Vernon (Bronx, NY. Killed at least seven people – )
    57. Chester Dewayne Turner (12 women killed in, Los Angeles)

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  3. BLACK CRIMES MATTER

    HOMICIDE
    According to the US Department of Justice, BLACKS accounted for 52.5% of homicide offenders from 1980 to 2008, with WHITES 45.3% and “Other” 2.2%. The offending rate for BLACKS was almost 8 times higher than WHITES, and the victim rate 6 times higher. Most homicides were intraracial, with 84% of WHITE victims killed by WHITES, and 93% of BLACK victims killed by BLACKS.

    According to the BJS non-Hispanic BLACKS accounted for 39.4% of the prison and jail population in 2009, while non-Hispanic WHITES were 34.2%, and Hispanics (of any race) 20.6%. The incarceration rate of BLACK males was over six times higher than that of WHITE males, with a rate of 4,749 per 100,000 US residents

    YOUTH CRIME
    The “National Youth Gang Survey Analysis” (2011) state that of gang members, 46% are Hispanic/Latino, 35% are BLACK, 11.5% are WHITE, and 7% are other race/ethnicity.[41]

    According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, in the year 2008 BLACK youths, who make up 16% of the youth population, accounted for 52% of juvenile violent crime arrests, including 58.5% of youth arrests for homicide and 67% for robbery. BLACK youths were overrepresented in all offense categories except DUI, liquor laws and drunkenness

    ROBBERY
    According to the National Crime Victimization Survey in 2002, the BLACK arrest rate for robbery was 8.55 times higher than WHITES, and BLACKS were 16 times more likely to be incarcerated for robbery than non-Hispanic WHITES. Robberies with WHITE victims and BLACK offenders were more than 12 times more common than the reverse.

    Using figures for the 2013 racial mix of the population–62.2 per cent WHITE, 17.1 per cent Hispanic, 13.2 per cent BLACK –we can calculate the average likelihood of a person of each race attacking the other. A BLACK is 27 times more likely to attack a WHITE and 8 times more likely to attack a Hispanic than the other way around. A Hispanic is eight times more likely to attack a WHITE than vice versa.

    We can also calculate how often criminals of each group choose victims of other races. As indicated below, when WHITES commit violence they choose fellow WHITES as victims 82.4 per cent of the time, and almost never attack BLACKS.

    BLACKS attack WHITES almost as often as they attack BLACKS, and HISPANICS attack WHITES more often than they attack any other group, including their own.

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  4. THE BLACK HOLOCAUST
    JOHN W. FOUNTAIN
    author@johnwfountain.com Last Modified: May 6, 2012

    Imagine Soldier Field beyond capacity, brimming with 63,879 young African-American men, ages 18 to 24 — more than U.S. losses in the entire Vietnam conflict. Imagine the University of Michigan's football stadium — the largest in the U.S. — filled to its limit of 109,901 with black men, age 25 and older. Now add 28,223 more — together totaling more than U.S. deaths in World War I.

    Picture two UIC Pavilions packed with 12,658 Trayvon Martins — black boys, ages 14 to 17 — nearly twice the number of U.S. lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now picture all of them dead. The national tally of black males 14 and older murdered in America from 1976 through 2005, according to U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics: 214,661. The numbers tell only part of the story of this largely urban war, where the victims bear an uncanny resemblance to their killers. A war of brother against brother, filled with wanton and automatic gunfire, even in the light of day, on neighborhood streets, where little boys make mud pies, schoolgirls jump rope, where the innocent are caught in the crossfire, where the spirit of murder blows like the wind. It is, so far, a ceaseless war in which guns are often the weapon of choice, and the finger on the trigger of the gun pointed at a black male is most often another black male's.

    The numbers alone are enough to make me cry — to wonder why — we as African Americans will march en masse over one slain by someone who is not black, and yet sit silent over the hundreds of thousands of us obliterated from this mortal world by someone black like us, like me. It is a numbing truth borne out by hard facts: From 1980 through 2008, 93 percent of black victims were killed by blacks. Translation: For every Trayvon Martin killed by someone not black, nine other blacks were murdered by someone black.

    In 2005, — blacks — accounted for 13 percent of the U.S. population but 49 percent of all homicides. The numbers are staggering, the loss incomprehensible. Add to the tally of black males 14 and older slain across the country from 1976 to 2005, another 29,335 (slain from 2006 to 2010), and their national body count rises to 243,996, representing 82 percent of all black homicides for that 35-year period. What also becomes clear is this: We too often have raised killers. And this war is claiming our sons. But that's still not the end of the story. Add to that number 51,892 black females ages 14 and older, plus five whose gender was not identifiable, and the total, not counting children, is 295,893 — more than the combined U.S. losses of World War I, the Vietnam, Korean and Mexican-American wars, the War of 1812 and the American Revolutionary War.

    Is the blood of these sons and daughters somehow less American? Two hundred ninety-five thousand eight hundred ninety-three . . . Imagine the United Center, Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field and Soldier Field nearly all filled simultaneously with black boys, girls, men and women. Now imagine that twice over. Now imagine them all dead. As far as I can see, that's at least 295,893 reasons to cry. And it is cause enough for reticent churches, for communities, for lackadaisical leaders, for all people — no matter our race, color or creed — to find the collective will and the moral resolve to stamp out this human rights atrocity occurring right under our noses. Just imagine the human carnage and the toll to us all if we don't.

    I can't. I won't.
    JOHN W. FOUNTAIN

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  5. PUTTING THE NEGRO INTO THE DUMPSTER!

    "Several years ago, when 17,000 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside a pathology laboratory in Los, Angeles, California, some 12-15,000 were observed to be black." --Erma Clardy Craven (deceased) Social Worker and Civil Rights Leader Countdown to Extinction

    BLACKS & ABORTION

    APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF BLACK AMERICAN DEATHS SINCE 1973

    AIDS =203,695

    VIOLENT CRIMES=306,313

    ACCIDENTS=370,723

    CANCER=1, 638,350

    HEART DISEASE=2, 266,789

    ABORTION=30,000,000

    All figures are based on cumulative statistics provided by the U.S. Center for Disease Control

    30,000,000? That's 30 Million Michael Browns

    Minority women constitute only about 13% of the female population (age 15-44) in the United States, but they underwent approximately 36% of the abortions. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion.

    On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States. This incidence of abortion has resulted in a tremendous loss of life. It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had about 16 million abortions.

    Abortion has swept through the Black community like a scythe, cutting down every fourth member." A highly significant 1993 Howard University study showed that African American women over age 50 were 4.7 times more likely to get breast cancer if they had had any abortions compared to women who had not had any abortions.

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  6. BLACK LIVES DON’T MATTER TO BLACKS!

    According to the US Census, as of 1980, the population of people in the US identifying themselves as "African American" in the Census was around 13%. As of 2010 - 30 years later, the Census was completed again.The population of people in the US identifying themselves as "African American" in the 2010 Census was around 13%. These two facts are easily researched and irrefutable.
    13%
    Why the static number?
    It seems "African Americans" are everywhere, being OVER-represented on TV, in magazines, etc.
    Again, this is easily researched. African American women ABORT 2 out of every 3 newborns.

    African Americans always seem to want "respect" from everyone else, and cry racism at the drop of a hat. (See Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton). However, ANY discussion of "racism" must start and END with this - based on the above statistics;
    If a race cannot RESPECT ITSELF, AND WILLINGLY ABORTS 2 OUT OF EVERY 3 BABIES BORN TO IT, THEN THEY DESERVE LITTLE RESPECT NOR OVER-EXPOSURE.

    "Several years ago, when 17,000 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside a pathology laboratory in Los, Angeles, California, some 12-15,000 were observed to be black."
    --Erma Clardy Craven (deceased)
    Social Worker and Civil Rights Leader

    Minority women constitute only about 13% of the female population (age 15-44) in the United States, but they underwent approximately 36% of the abortions.

    According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion

    On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States.

    This incidence of abortion has resulted in a tremendous loss of life. It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had about 16 million abortions. Michael Novak had calculated "Since the number of current living Blacks (in the U.S.) is 36 million, the missing 16 million represents an enormous loss, for without abortion, America's Black community would now number 52 million persons. It would be 36 percent larger than it is. Abortion has swept through the Black community like a scythe, cutting down every fourth member."

    A highly significant 1993 Howard University study showed that African American women over age 50 were 4.7 times more likely to get breast cancer if they had had any abortions compared to women who had not had any abortions.

    Blacks are 40 times more likely to assault a white then the reverse ( FBI 2007)
    Black on white rape 14000, white on black statistically zero.(FBI 2007)
    Blacks committed 433,934 crimes against whites, eight times the 55,685 whites committed against blacks. (FBI 2007)
    Blacks account for 83% of gun assaults in New York (2008)
    409 Black on white homicides, 189 White on Black homicides (FBI 2013)
    But yeah it's all dem ebil White Devils that the problem.

    So You Thought Only Whites Were Serial Killers? Surprise - Updated List Of Black Serial Killers Originally Compiled By The DetroitIsCrap Blog
    Updated November 24th, 2009 with more current and operational video link.

    One of the most frequent rejoinders spouted by anti-racists and lemmings in response to objective and empirical evidence of black disproportionality to crime is that an "overwhelming" number of serial killers are white. Invariably the names of Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy are brandished as weapons of self-righteousness.

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  7. Ms. Karin Friedemann

    Hi Karin,
    BLACKS like JEWS and FEMINISTS have a chip on their shoulder.
    Everyone is wrong, except them!
    There is a group of Whites in America called WASPs = White Anglo Saxon Protestant, who treated the White Catholic Irish, like shit!
    Google: The Irish Holocaust.
    Google: White Cargo, by Don Jordan & Michael Walsh
    Google: They Were White and They Were Slaves, by Michaell Hoffman II.
    Google: Uncivil War: Blacks vs Niggers, by Talleb Starkes.
    Google: Black Lies Matter: Why Lies Matter to the Race Grievance Industry, by Taleeb Starkes
    Google: Free Blacks as Slaveowners in America, 1650-1850.
    Google: Black Slaveowners: Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860, by Larry Koger
    Google: White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America.

    I hope you will spend an hour or two looking up these books, but better still, you owe it to yourself, to purchase them.

    Learn everything you can about a problem - BEFORE - you begin to tackle it.

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