Contact: John P. Flannery
Cell: 202-365-5060; Phone: 703-771-8344
JonFlan@aol.com ; www.JohnPFlannerv.com
June 24, 2013
FLANNERY REQUESTS COURT STATISTICS ON PROPORTION OF BLACKS ARRESTED IN LOUDOUN COUNTY
John P. Flannery, who recently charged that the Confederate Soldier Statue should be removed from the Courthouse has served a request on the Loudoun Circuit and District Court for statistics that show the proportion of criminal arrests that charge Blacks.
[Text of full letter is available at - http://bronxgadfly.blogspot.com/2013/06/foia-request-of-loudoun-courts-re-black.html ; see earlier statement on taking down the confederate soldier statue at - http://bronxgadfly.blogspot.com/2013/05/take-that-confederate-statue-down-by.html
Citing a “growing awareness that the Confederate soldier statue standing in front of the Courthouse represents disunity, lawlessness and slavery,” Flannery said he agreed with this view and said that “the statue not only offends but it chills access to and compromises trust in this Court and the regularity of its proceedings at the Circuit and District Court levels.”
Based on his observations, Mr. Flannery said that “there is a fear that this symbol means that persons of color are not being treated as equal by the Courts despite the promise of ‘equal justice before the law.’"
Flannery cited one person, Johnny Chambers, who was interviewed by local Channel 9 who said, "It's hard to get justice when you get people that live in this area, that run this county, that believe in this system," pointing at the Confederate soldier statue.
Flannery said a Deputy Clerk, Jennifer Grant, reportedly said years ago that "there were certain things people didn't talk about." He said the “current staff at the Court have told me the same thing …”
“I'm requesting certain information to test the proposition how we treat the black citizens we arrest in this County and whether, as is believed, blacks are arrested in disproportion to their representation in the Loudoun County population.”
Flannery said “the court case information on-line … plainly indicate[s] the race of every person arrested..” and is “also maintained in the aggregate in a database …”
For example, Flannery said, “Johnny Chambers' case is available on-line, his race plainly identified, so that one may consider the charges against Mr. Chambers and know precisely what disposition he received.”
He stated that, “Johnny's charge was marijuana possession” and “there is a recent study that states, while there is no proportional difference between and among blacks and whites as to the use of marijuana, there is a dramatic and significant over-representation of blacks arrested for possession of marijuana, reflecting an apparent policy of prosecutorial discrimination.”
[See study at - http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/061413-mj-report-rfs-rel4.pdf .]
Flannery requested information under FOIA that, Flannery said, “is believed to be readily available in the court's records to consider  the proportion of all adult arrests in Loudoun County that are black citizens,  of all drug and narcotics offenses that are black citizens,  of all marijuana possession charges that are black citizens, and  all disorderly conduct charges that are black citizens.”
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