Valdosta Daily Times

Kendrick Johnson

November 2, 2013

ICU members oppose comments

Organization has concerns about KJ case

VALDOSTA — Two of the founding members of the ICU organization, which stands for Issues Concerning Us, object to the comments made by the Rev. Floyd Rose and Leigh Touchton from the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) concerning the issues surrounding the death of Kendrick Johnson.

Johnson’s body was found in January in the Lowndes High School gymnasium in a rolled up wrestling mat. His death has sparked months of speculation and rumors following two conflicting autopsy reports, leading U.S. Attorney Michael Moore to state Thursday that his office will conduct a review of the investigation.

ICU members Tony Daniels and Freddie Richardson, Sr. came forward Friday to speak about the U.S. Attorney’s decision, saying they applaud Moore for reviewing the case in the hopes of bringing closure on both sides of the issue.

“All we are seeking is the truth,” said Daniels. “There’s been a lot of issues from the beginning with the investigation and questions that need to be answered.”

Daniels and Richardson say they objected to the portrayal of the Johnson family and their attorneys as not being truthful, and they also object to the way that the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations conducted the investigation into KJ’s death.

“In my opinion, something sinister happened to KJ while he was at Lowndes High School,” said Daniels. “There are incongruencies between the two autopsies and I think Dr. William Anderson did a superb autopsy examination to find the real cause of Kendrick

 Johnson’s death.”

Anderson was hired by the family to conduct a second, private autopsy following the release of the GBI’s report, which states that Johnson died due to positional asphyxiation and ruled his death accidental. Anderson states that he found evidence of blunt force trauma to Johnson’s jaw area.

Daniels said there were vague, cloudy and hazy issues in the investigation, with unanswered questions about KJ’s clothing, fingernails, blood stains and more.

Richardson said the organization also questions why the family had to file a lawsuit to try and force the coroner to order an inquest.

“With all the questions about this, why didn’t he order one? Why did the family have to file something in the court to get him to do what he should have already done,” said Richardson.

The men said that not only does the family need closure, but also that officials with Lowndes High School should take note and improve security to ensure the safety of the children on campus.

“A school should know where every student is all the time they’re in school,” said Daniels. “They should be all about protecting those kids.”

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  • KJ’s parents claim racial bullying in lawsuit

    The parents of Kendrick Johnson have sued the Lowndes County School System, claiming officials neglected to protect their son from racial harassment and bullying that they said led to his death.

    May 15, 2014

  • Anonymous email in KJ case based on rumor, says author

    The teenage girl who authored an anonymous email claiming someone had confessed to murdering Kendrick Johnson says it was strictly a rumor that she felt conscience-bound to share with the sheriff’s office.

    March 27, 2014

  • keyboard.jpg Authorities: Confession in KJ case not credible

    An anonymous email claiming a former classmate of Kendrick Johnson had confessed to killing him was investigated and determined not to be credible, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • social.jpg Mom says sons harassed, threatened in KJ case

    Karen Bell has had it with the rumor-mongering about her family’s connection to the death of Kendrick Johnson on social networking sites like YouTube,  Twitter and Facebook.

    February 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnsons file civil suit against funeral home

    Kendrick Johnson’s parents have filed a civil lawsuit against the Harrington Funeral Home, claiming it negligently handled their son’s remains and deliberately withheld information about the condition of his body.

    February 6, 2014

  • 140121-Floyd_Rose001.jpg No response to KJ reward

    A local civil rights leader returned reward money to its donor Tuesday after it failed to yield any significant information pertaining to the death of Kendrick Johnson.

    January 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • State capitol rally today for new KJ probe

    A three-hour rally for a new investigation into the disputed death of Lowndes High student Kendrick Johnson 11 months ago is planned today on the front steps of the Georgia Capitol building.

    December 11, 2013

  • Kendrick_Johnson.jpg Where was Kendrick?

    About this series
    This is the third of four stories by the Valdosta Daily Times reviewing the official police file on the investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson. Today’s report is about the confusion surrounding Kendrick’s whereabouts the day before his body was found, explains police handling of a report that a person was attacked and falsely accused of killing Kendrick, and tells about the dissatisfaction of Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson with how authorities handled the immediate investigation.

    November 23, 2013 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • kendrick-johnson.jpg Finding Kendrick

    The Times continues its in-depth look at the investigative case file into the January death of Kendrick Johnson at Lowndes High School.

    November 22, 2013 1 Photo

  • kendrick-johnson.jpg Kendrick’s Final Walk

    A review of Lowndes High School video footage shows more than the moments Kendrick Johnson entered the old gymnasium where his body was discovered Jan. 11 in a rolled wrestling mat.

    November 21, 2013 1 Photo

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