Friday, May 15, 2015

A Letter to the Attorney General of the United States of America

Ms. Loretta Lynch,

Five years ago, in Lexington, Kentucky, two former detectives, Elizabeth Adams and William Persley, attempted to wrongfully incarcerate me through various illegal manipulations of the investigative process including, but not exclusive to, withholding exculpatory evidence, directing witnesses, fabricating incriminating evidence and perjury. An ongoing lawsuit against the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has revealed my predicament to be more common than city administrators would prefer to admit.

Although the same individuals were discovered to have conspired similarly in other cases, neither officer has ever been charged with any crime despite the recommendation of their superior officer, retired Sergeant James Curless, and the placid acknowledgement of their offenses, by then Police Chief Ronald Bastin, in sworn testimony.

According to evidence obtained during discovery, the growing list of infractions committed by the officers in question include breaking and entering, lying in the procurement of a warrant, forgery, withholding evidence, fabricating evidence and multiple additional counts of perjury. Meanwhile, both officers remain employed by the Lexington Police Department. Equally disturbingly, evidence deemed disparaging to the police has been censored from the public by court order.

What we have, in essence, is a culture of systemic abuse of power facilitated by the deliberate concealment of those abuses by the very authorities entrusted to discipline them. The sum of which has led to the irrevocable conclusion that any expectation of due process, through local channels, is unrealistic. In the absence of federal intervention, one is ultimately left with only raw indignation, whether civil or otherwise, as a final resort.

Current events have reiterated the inevitability of public outrage in the absence of alternative means of redress. The senseless homicide of Tony Sullivan, an unarmed Black teenager, resulted in riots here but twenty years ago. In the face of growing discontentment, one can only surmise that if nothing is done to bridle police corruption and outrageous violence against people of color around the country, the recent outbursts in Ferguson and Baltimore are but a herald of things to come.

People do not readily dismiss the systematic incarceration and murder of their children. The trauma of jail cells and coffins filled with melanated bodies does not sit idle inside the oppressed, but churns under a feeble veneer awaiting a spark. A catalyst may be opaque or virtually invisible, but like many other cities throughout these fabled united states, Lexington is a powder keg.

As the highest law enforcement officer in the land, it is my understanding that the responsibility of watching the watchers rests with you. It is my hope that you will regard these allegations with the utmost seriousness and undertake the trouble of determining their validity. Upon doing so, there is no doubt that you will find them to be both unfortunate and true.

Be assured that the included documentation represents but a small part of a much larger narrative, one which local authorities have proven less than inclined to divulge. In short, there is more. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of further assistance.


                                                                                               Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh