BLACK MEN FALSELY ACCUSED (RACIAL INJUSTICE)
Factual story of Lori Jackson, a 1980s black activist who defended the US Marine Corp Battalion's only African American corporal (Lindsey Scott) who had been wrongly accused of raping a white officer's wife. In 1983, a woman was attacked near the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia. The victim's description of her assailant prompted the military officers to convict and court-martial Corporal Lindsey Scott, the only black MP in the Quantico Criminal Investigation Division, despite his pleas of innocence. The case became a five-year obsession for civil rights activist Lori Jackson (portrayed in a film based on the case by actress Lynn Whitfield) to see that Scott was vindicated. Her dedication to the fight for Scott's "justice" was the catalyst for his ultimate release. Jackson's persistent involvement ensured that Scott had the best legal representation, continuous publicity (even reported by 60 Minutes), and her personal commitment as an investigative supporter. Throughout this ordeal, racism and poor investigative analysis of the crime were documented in more that one instance. Scott was a victim of a racist military investigation. It was Jackson's unstoppable probing that helped Scott to prove his innocence. Lori Jackson would die of cancer a few months after the verdict. After her death, Corporal Scott was often seen at her grave site praying and grieving. A film, “Dangerous Evidence,” was made depicting this case. Source: Lillian Lewis
Real-life Texas engineer Lenell Geter, above, who in 1982 was accused of armed robbery. Beyond the fact that both he and the suspect are African-American, Geter looks nothing at all like the actual robber; still, he is identified as the culprit in a police lineup. Despite the testimony of six character witnesses, all of whom were with Geter at the time of the robbery, he is sentenced to life imprisonment. He very likely would have remained in prison had not the CBS investigative series 60 Minutes told Geter's story to millions of viewers. The authorities refuse to acknowledge the possibility that they have erred, and attempt to block a re-opening of the case. Even Geter's court-appointed attorney is unsympathetic to his client's plight. But Geter's somewhat ingenuous faith in the American justice system is eventually rewarded, and he is finally set free. Geter is currently a motivational speaker. He resides with his wife and three daughters in South Carolina. The film, “Guilty Of Innocence,” is based on his life.
Clarence Brandley, (above) was an African-American high school janitor at a Texas high school who, in 1981, was wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of a 16 year-old student. He was held for nine years on death row, only to be set free when the true murderer--a white man who had left hair samples at the crime scene--finally confessed. The film “Whitewash,” starring Courtney Vance was based on his life.