Monday, October 21, 2013
Kendrick Johnson was not alone in the gym.
Victor Blackwell, who has been doing a splendid job of covering the Kendrick Johnson case for CNN, explains how he reached that conclusion in this CNN video with Anderson Cooper
He explains why he wanted to view additional CCTV video:
Lieutenant Stride Jones, who has been the face of the investigation for the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, at least for the media, and we have the official record from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation from the Medical Examiner’s office and they recount a conversation with Stride Jones on January 16th and here it is.
The decedent was seen on the school video going into the gym around 1300 hours alone. The video did not show any other children or staff in the gym with the decedent at that time.
Here’s what Stride Jones told the Valdosta Daily Times on May 4th.
He [Kendrick] comes down the hallway, and he essentially enters the gym. He’s following another kid. The first kid comes in and goes to the left. Kendrick goes in and off to the right where the mats are.
A clear discrepancy between those two statements.
Blackwell wrote this letter to the attorney who represents the school district asking the following question:
Are minors for whom Lowndes County has not received consent to release educational records depicted in the surveillance video recorded inside the Old Gym at Lowndes High School on January 10, 2013 between 1:09 pm and 1:20 pm?
He told Anderson Cooper that he received the following answer to his question:
We chose 1:09 pm because that is the time this picture was taken. In the response by the attorney for the school district. he writes, I answer your pointed question with, “Yes.” So confirmation that Kendrick was not alone in the gym.
We not only know that Kendrick was not alone, we know that Lieutenant Stride Jones lied about that on January 16th.