The FBI and the ACLU need to step up to the plate and take a few swings against the Dozier School For Boys Marianna Fl and the Ku Klux Klan that ran the school. The ACLU needs to grow a pair and take on the KKK and Marianna Fl. TAMPA BAY TIMES... Klan involvement? "My biggest question is: What do they have to hide?" Glen Varnadoe said. "If Marianna and Dale Cox want me off their rear-ends, they could walk out there and point to Thomas' grave and I'll get him and never visit their . . . town again."
Glen Varnadoe wonders whether the Ku Klux Klan buried dead black men on Dozier school property. That may sound improbable to modern readers, but Thomas Varnadoe was reported dead on Oct. 26, 1934, the same day an illiterate black farmhand, claude Neal, was tortured, killed, mutilated by a throng of 5,000, and then hanged from a tree that still stands outside the Marianna County Courthouse. Jackson County (Marianna) in the early 20th century was well known for its lawlessness, violence and unabashed klan activity (KKK).
Between 1900 and 1934, six other black people were lynched in Jackson County Fl, one of the largest counts of any Florida county at a time when the state had the highest ratio of lynchings to its black population of any other state. Three days before Thomas' death, the headline in one of the local papers read, "Ku Klux Klan May Ride Again, Jackson County Citizens May Rally to Fiery Cross to Protect Womanhood."
WASHINGTON – Department of Justice (DOJ) Released Investigative Findings on the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in December 2011, so where the hell is the FBI and ACLU while "Marianna is Burning". Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings that the state of Florida’s oversight system failed to detect and sufficiently address harmful practices at both the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. Despite the closure of the facilitie, the deficiencies found by the United States implicate the continuing oversight obligations of the state. The state’s lack of adequate controls permitted these violations to persist. It is incumbent upon the state to ensure that the unconstitutional conditions of confinement identified in the report do not exist at its other juvenile justice institutions.
The United States announced its investigation of the facilitie on April 7, 2010, in accordance with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. On May 26, 2011, Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) announced the pending closure of Dozier. The facilitie was officially closed on June 30, 2011, and the residents were transferred to juvenile justice institutions throughout the state. The Justice Department found reasonable cause to believe that a pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct and/or violations of federal law occurred in several areas, including:
- Deliberate indifference to youth at risk of self-injurious and suicidal behaviors;
- Failure to provide necessary rehabilitation services.
These violations were the result of the state’s failed system of oversight and accountability. To protect the youth in its remaining facilities, the state must take immediate measures to assess the full extent of its failed oversight with the assistance of experts in juvenile protection from harm issues. The state must also strengthen its oversight processes by implementing a more rigorous system of hiring, training and accountability.
The United States thanks and acknowledges the state for its cooperation throughout this investigation. The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 authorizes the Department of Justice to seek a remedy for a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the constitutional or federal statutory rights of youth in juvenile justice institutions.
The full report can be found at www.justice.gov/crt/about/spl/documents/dozier_findltr_12-1-11.pdf. For more information on the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, please visit www.justice.gov/crt.
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Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com