NOW IT IS NOT PHYSICAL –
IT IS THROUGH THE COURTS!
Thirty four years ago I followed a story in Lancaster that changed my life.
Robert Henderson sued then Lancaster Detectives Joseph Geesey and Walter Goeke for $30,000 apiece in Federal Court for violation of his civil rights.
The Lancaster Police Department got their revenge and sent a message to the Black community – on May 1, 1981 Henderson was found impaled by his rectum on the vent pipe of a fuel oil tank on Mill Street.
The Philadelphia Tribune newspaper ran the headline, “Man critical after Lancaster lynching try.” I would find out how very accurate that headline was.
To make a very long story short, I became suspicious of a man who worked on Mill Street within 100 feet of the crime scene. I bought a polaroid camera, walked into his place of business, saw him sitting at a table with two other men and I took their picture.
The next day, following tremendous pressure from the Tribune, artist sketches of the three men were printed in the Lancaster Newspapers.
Those sketches and my photograph are above. I spent over a year on the story trying every possible avenue to no avail. I did not write again for over 20 years.
And now, after all these years, I find out it’s still going on. Only the police are not physically trying to lynch minority men and women – they are doing it through the Lancaster Court system while the Lancaster Newspapers turn a blind eye as they have done for years.
And Akeem Washington’s trial and sentence is the most corrupt and shocking example of a modern day lynching you will find. I will cover this story intermittently until Washington gets a new trial. Period.
[Editor’s Note: There is a permanent link to the Lancaster Lynching story to the right, however, the photograph and artists sketches are no longer online and I need to re-insert them and I will. It is still a site under construction.]