What Happened to Rap?
Please help me free my father 🙏🏽
This project has tremendous value in the worlds of art, academia and politics. That being said, What Happened 2 Rap? is an ambitious undertaking on a grand scale.
We are assembling a talented and diverse team that is committed not only to the film, but to the success of the campaign as a whole. However, there is a significant cost in bringing this vision together.
Your support will make THE difference in our ability to move forward with this effort so again, I thank you...we thank you for your time and support. Free Rap, Free Imam Jamil...Free My Father 🙏🏽
What Happened 2 Rap?
Student. Coordinator. Chairman. Firebrand. Revolutionary. Linguist. Poet. Teacher. Reformer. Imam. Builder. Protector. Political Prisoner.
The unbelievable story of H. Rap Brown/Imam Jamil Al-Amin. An American civil rights icon wrongly accused and falsely imprisoned, still fighting to escape the ghosts of J. Edgar Hoover's United States.
The original jury was never presented with the full story, including another man's confession to the crime. His supporters believe his conviction was the culmination of a decades‐long federal vendetta targeting him for his activism and anti‐establishment rhetoric.
As he sits imprisoned, his family and legal team continue the fight to clear his name and bring him home before the destructive effects of solitary confinement debilitate his mind and body.
After years of appeals and protests from us, his friends, family and supporters, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on May 3rd, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. This hearing will determine whether we receive a new trial and we would love to see you there.
While we are ecstatic for this win, we now need help. This is where you come in. We need allies such as yourself to assist not only with shining a spotlight on this opportunity for change, but also with the funding of this last push for freedom. Now is the best opportunity we have ever had. For more information on how to get involved please click here to contact us. Thank you 🙏🏽.
WH2R? The Talking Points
We have compiled 15 of the most compelling talking points about this case. We have a right to be outraged. Were this any other man, he would be free.
- Agent Ron Campbell with the FBI was not originally assigned to this case. He however insisted he be apart of the arresting team and then subsequently insisted that he drive alone in his own vehicle instead of riding with the team he begged to be apart of.
- Agent Campbell is the only person who can establish complete chain of custody for the “evidence” in this case because he was the only agent present at both the crime scene and the arrest site who drove alone from one location to the other.
- Agent Campbell is also the only agent to get “separated” from the team once the search began. The location where Agent Campbell was separated happens to also be the location where the fingerprintless gun was found.
- Agent Campbell has a history of planting fingerprint-less guns at crime scenes. In the other instance, he planted the gun only after shooting the suspect in the back of the head so I guess we are lucky.
- Agent Campbell was also a key witness for the prosecution (yes it is ridiculous) and while being cross examined, he was caught lying under oath. Upon being caught, he admitted to being at the location where he is once again accused of planting evidence with no explanation as to why.
- Deputy Aldranon English, the surviving victim of the crime gave a vivid and detailed description of the shooter, “5’9 with cold grey eyes” were his primary descriptors. Mr. Al- Amin/Imam Jamil is 6’5 with brown eyes.
- Deputy English also reported shooting his shooter. Mr. Al-Amin/Imam Jamil was not shot.
- Bernadette Davy, the firearms examiner in this case, breached protocol when examining the evidence resulting in faulty results and analysis. She was later fired from the State for breaching protocol when examining evidence in her cases resulting in faulty results and analysis...Yes really...
- Mr. Al-Amin exercised his right not to testify at trial. Instead of honoring his wishes, The State conducted an impromptu mock cross examination of Mr. Al-Amin where they asked him questions and then hypothetically answered them for the jury during closing arguments.
- On appeal, The Courts agreed that Mr. Al-Amin’s Constitutional Rights were violated by the mock cross examination, but the violation did not impact the outcome even after the jury conceded a primary reason for the guilty vote was the spotlight placed on him exercising those rights?
- There was and is no physical evidence linking Mr. Al-Amin to the crime.
- Otis Jackson committed the crime that Mr. Al-Amin is currently serving life in prison for. Jackson later confessed and signed an Affidavit only for it later to be dismissed and suppressed.
- Mr. Al-Amin was ordered not to speak to the media or public during his trial and has since been denied the opportunity to tell his story despite numerous requests from media and scholars alike.
- Mr. Al-Amin has served the majority of these last 18+ years in 23 hour solitary confinement for his “protection.”
- Mr. Al-Amin was handed from state custody to federal custody with no notification, held without communication and locked up in numerous locations across the country away from his legal team, family and support system...with no federal charges.
We need to raise a minimum of $50,000 to properly shoot, edit, promote and release this film. If we exceed our goal, we intend to use the excess funds to further promote awareness around the documentary and case leading up to and following the hearing. We have confidence that we will be successful in April and thus the fight doesn't end in April, it refreshes. Thanks again for your support. We want to make sure that the court of public opinion has the entire story before they pass judgement this way, we can hold the courts in the land to uphold their laws and do the right thing. It is time for this innocent man to be free.
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