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The Case of Kevin Cooper
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A man named
Kevin Cooper has been given a date to die: On Feb. 10, 2004, the
State of California plans to kill him, by pumping him full of poison.
back in 1984 of the slaying of 3 members of the Ryen clan, and a
visiting family friend, was also charged with stabbing an 8-year
old boy, but luckily the child survived.
Why lucky? Well,
apart from the obvious reason (his sheer survival), Joshua Ryen
saw who attacked him, and upon recovery told police that it was
3 white or Latino men who slew his family, his friend, and tried
to kill him.
When young Josh
saw TV news accounts of the attacks, he turned to a cop who was
present, and exclaimed, when the picture of Kevin Cooper flashed
across the screen, "That wasn't the guy who did it. It was
... out of the
mouths of babes, eh?
But, San Bernardino
officials didn't care; what does it matter that the lone surviving
victim cleared their suspect? It meant nothing. They had their man
and on the 10th of February, they wanna kill him.
now a man of 45 years, has spent the last 19 years of his life on
California's Death Row, for a series of brutal crimes that
he did not commit.
his cell into a school room; studying writing, politics and African-American
history. He has grown into a vibrant, talented and educated individual
yet California still wants to extinguish his light.
It is important
to note that he is an African-American man. That wasn't lost during
his Dec. 1984 trial, around which time demonstrators, calling for
his death, hung a toy gorilla in effigy. Indeed, the media coverage
was so hyped, the demonstrations so hostile, that the trial was
moved to San Diego.
Not only was
the only living eyewitness ignored; but shortly after the murders,
a local woman came forward to tell police that she thought her boyfriend
was involved in the
grisly killings. Why? When he came home the night of the slayings,
she said, he was wearing a pair of overalls, drenched in blood.
The woman turned them over to the
cops. Before the day was over, the overalls were pitched into the
station's dumpster. Did it matter that the man was wearing a t-shirt
the color and brand of the t-shirt found in the scene it
also, bloody? No. Did it matter that he owned a hatchet, like a
weapon used in the Ryen home, and it was conveniently missing from
the couple's home. No.
None of it mattered.
and focused on, Kevin Cooper; nothing else mattered.
Police and prosecutors
told jurors that a bloody shoe- print found at the scene conclusively
proved Cooper's guilt. Were the jurors told that Deputy William
Baird had a pair of prison shoes in his (crime) lab, which were
Cooper's size? What they also didn't know was that the Deputy, post-trial,
was fired for stealing five pounds of heroin from the evidence locker
*five pounds* both to use and to sell to drug
is on Death Row, awaiting a date with death, based on 'investigators'
such as these!
Welcome to the
American Way of Death!
help Free Kevin Cooper!
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