Oct 30, 2009

 
 
 
The Incident
 
Kennett, MO. – Heather Ellis, a young college student out of Kennett, MO is now facing 15 years in prison if she is sentenced after being accused of cutting line at a local Walmart. Her case has gotten the attention of the nation, and has been the subject of extensive online protests.
 
In January 2007, 20-year-old Heather Ellis, then a student at Xavier University, and her cousin David went to a Wal-Mart in Kennett, Missouri, near the Tennessee border, in an area commonly known as the Missouri Bootheel.  Kennett, in rural and conservative Dunklin County, which boasts that it seceded from the Union during the Civil War, is overwhelmingly white.

At the check-out line, the pair split up in order to find the shortest line [this is something that I know for a fact that pretty much everybody does].  When Ellis left her line to join her cousin at a shorter line, customers complained and a store employee accused her of cutting, at which point an argument ensued and a manager notified a security guard, an off-duty Kennett Police officer.

The incident left Ellis, an honor student on her way to medical school, charged with disturbing the peace, trespassing and two counts of assaulting a police officer. After Heather refused to sign a plea agreement, Stephen Sokoloff, the town's prosecutor, filed felony charges against Heather.
 
 
 
The Ku Klux Klan Cards
 
So, in June, minutes before a scheduled protest march started, a Kennett police officer paid a visit to their homes and handed them cards.

"I held it up and looked at it and of course I was startled by it and I said it's not going to change anything. I'm still going to march," said Ellis' aunt, Mildred Whitehorn.

The brown cards with red writing said you've just been paid a social visit by the Ku Klux Klan. The next visit will not be social.

"I consider it a terroristic threat. This organization likes nothing about Black people," said Ellis' aunt, Luetta Wright.

In a police report the officer, Steve Williams, says he was only trying to make the family aware the KKK cards were littered along the march route. Still, the family wants the incident investigated by the U.S. Justice Department.  source
 
 
Email From Prosecutor
 
The following email was sent to Buffalo State College journalism professor Michael Niman from Stephen Sokoloff after he criticized the police officers giving the family the KKK cards:

Had you performed any actual background research, you would discover that Ms. Ellis was not cursed by any employees, but in fact was the one doing the cursing and insulting and threatening.  when the store personnel advised her that she would have to calm down or leave, she continued to threaten and curse tham. even after the police arrived, no one made any attempt to lay hands on her, still requesting that she leave. she actuallywalked away as the clerk was trying to give her the merchandise and her change. She was notrefusing to leave without it. the clerk had to come outside and give it to her. Ms. Ellis can be very clearly seen in the video shoving the merchandise of the next customer in line back from the register and trying to place her own in fromt of it. The video anso clearly shows her cursing at the officers as they followed her out of the store, it also clearly shows that ther was no excessive force used in the arrest and that Ms. Ellis was not lifted off the ground. Further despite your report that ther were no injured victims, one officer sustained a split lip from a punch thrown by the "innocent" Ms. Ellis and another a bruised shin where she kicked him. Furhter, the E.R. records of Ms. Ellis' visit show no visible injuries, but I'm sure they are also part of the conspiracy against her as well.

With regard to yoyr report of the rally, Ther were indeed some KKK cards strewn around one of the streets of the planned march, the police gathered them up and Maj S. Williams showed one of them to one of the march organizers, Ms. Ellis' aunt. This waas done as an attempt to keep them advised of what had happened. She (the aunt) grabbed the card and accused the Major of distributing the cards, with no basis.

You might want to talk to any of the three attorneys that Ms. Ellis has fired, or who withdrew from representation because of threats from her family. They can tell you what a poor persecuted little girl Heahter is, and can tell you about the multiple missed court appearances, and the accusations of being in the prosecution's pocket( this last one made to an african-American lawyer from St. Louis, referred to Ms. Elleis by the NAACP) who withdrew because Heather's father threatened to"kick his ass" because he would not prevent the prosecution from finding out who the witnesses were that the defense  intended to call at trial. (of course, this is required by law).  source

 

For More Information

Several sites have been set up to provide more information about case:

Read-Heathers-Story.com, TheHeatherEllisCase.com or SaveHeatherEllis.com.

Also, Rev. Ellis has set up a fund at a local bank in Missouri to receive donations to help with legal fees at: First State Community Bank, Hayti Branch, Heather R. Ellis Benefit Fund, 1015 HWY 84 E., Hayti, MO 63851.

10 comments:

  1. Join the "Journey for Justice" November 16, 2009 from 11 to 3 in Kennett, MO. The NAACP will be there to fight for Justice.

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  2. I have every intention of showing up for this so called "Journey for Justice", and I hope that this so called poor lil black girl gets what she deserves and that is 15 years in jail for all of the tax payers money that is having to pay for her trial brought on by her own actions which could have been prevented if she had been taught at a young age on how to act in public which apparently was never done. I applaud Mr. Williams for having the courtesy to inform the family as to what the KKK was attempting to do, it was not by no means an attempt to intimidate the family on behalf of the police department. Their job is to protect the citizens of this town and Mr. Williams done just that. Had Mr. Williams ignored the cards that layed on the ground and something would have happened to this family of course the PD would have been held accountable for that as well since this family is so eager to accuse everyone else for mistakes instead of accepting responsibility for their own. Everyone is so eager to call this town Racist because of this mishap but people do not understand that the majority of crimes commited in Kennett are in fact commited by the black people. In fact just last week there was another mishap at Walmart where two black men robbed a white woman in the parking lot during broad daylight. Where is our justice as white people, who is going to come to Kennett and march on our behalf to stop the criminal acts from these blacks? You may consider all that has happened as racism, I call it justice!!!

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  3. I know I am wasting my time but here goes, this woman got arresting for disturbing the peace,resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer not cutting in line. cutting in line and her arrogant is what started this mess,stupidity on her part is what got her arrested.
    She had three chances to leave the store without being arrested but refused to leave.
    Also when in the hell did it become acceptable for two shopper to get in two differ lines and the one that get to the register first the other one joints him at the register ahead of the ones that been waiting in line.

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  4. She is not on trial for cutting in line. The charges against her are for trespassing and assault etc.
    Really she is just guilty of acting like a normal black, loud, insulting, pushy and arrogant. So whether she goes to jail o r not those characteristics won't change, it's part of that cultures ethics, mores and socialization skills.

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  5. This is what's known in Philly as TNS! Figure it out!

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  6. Normally I would file this case under "Who Gives a Sh+t", largely due to the fact that it seems Heather Ellis, certainly in this situation, was the type of as*hole you want to avoid at any cost and are relieved if and when they finally shut up and go away. And I'm not one to buy into the racism nonsense, which is a phrase that is only reported nationally when used by the professionally seething blacks whenever the extremely large chips on their shoulders are disturbed (or they imagine are disturbed) and more often than not used to rally around some of the most loathsome and vile characters within the black community that all it really accomplishes is to alienate anyone other than equally touchy blacks and those of other races with guilt complexes.

    That aside, what bothers me about this case is the possible draconian prison sentence Ms. Ellis may be facing. I'll concur all evidence points to the fact that she was offensive, abusive and perhaps even guilty of some minor crimes but other than the fact she is probably an offensive as+hole (which is more of an annoyance than a real crime) the case against her is largely chickensh+t. America has a serious problem with jailing people, often for long stretches and too frequently for what until recently has always been seen as minor incidents, the only so-called felony being "assaulting an officer" after they cut themselves slamming you to the ground for "resisting arrest". Oddly, these charges stand on their own with the initial charge (why the cop was stopping you) is dropped.

    Americans need to wake up to the fact that they are setting world records jailing people (whites, blacks, and all others included). And they need to realize they should be alarmed and not gleeful someone else is "getting what's coming to them". We have the only Prisons for Profit system in the world, where very wealthy corporate enterprises (one of the fastest growth industries the past two decades) make lots of money for every one they throw in jail. You and I pay it in our taxes, pay off these rich profiteers. That, on top of a government that's getting more authoritarian every day, should scare the living crap out of everyone; not to mention a complete violation of the fourth amendment as well as corruption and obscene perversion of the judicial system. Instead people laugh with glee that someone they dislike is "going away" and only cry when it happens to someone like them.

    Blacks and whites need to forget the whole idiotic race argument here and talk about real justice, which means getting back to a system that doesn't throw the book at everyone, sometimes for merely bad social gaffs and behavior. Probation and public humiliation would be about as severe a sentence Ms. Ellis needs here, certainly not prison. As+holes are everywhere and I don't like them any more than the next guy or gal but I sure don't think filling up our Prisons for Profit system solves anything other than turn us into a modern nightmare.

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  7. She is not facing 15 years for cutting in line, she is facing it for refusing to leave and assulling a police officer. On top of that it appears that she was being super B_ _ _ H after being reproached by the person behing her and Walmart employees. Regardless of who you are or the color of your skin, you cannot assault a police officer.

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  8. The really sad thing here is that some of the ignorant commentors here are correct. She not facing time for cutting line but for the very serious crimes of assualt of police officers etc. And they love the fact that this black girl is gonna have to do the time. At the same time, I don't know, but I wouldn't doubt, that the whole incident was fueled by racial anomosity lurking under the surface that was simply brought to a head by a lack of self control on probably everybody involved's part. It's one thing for justice to work and for people to pay for their crimes. It becomes really sick when there are certain groups of people who rejoice in it while others deny the facts. Can't we all just get along?

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  9. I wish everyone can get along. But that did not happen here. The young person Heather did not listen to her preacher father about repecting fellow human beings. Did the media ask her father how he felt about her cutting in line, cussing at people, hitting and resisting the police officers. This is suppose to be a daughter of a preacher. Did he even instill good values in her. She didn't deny she cut in line. Why isn't the media asking her why she cut in line and think she could just move items of the lady she is cuttin in front of an OK thing ? If someone tried to cut in front of me, I would have a problem with that. If anyone on this entire site had someone cut in front of them, I bet they would have a problem to.

    I have read hours of information on this issue. It seems very clear that Heather Ellis did in fact do everything that the Many Witnesses and 5 Police Officers have said. She was thinking that pulling the Race-Card was her only way of deflecting the attention off of her so she can get away with everything she has done wrong.

    The prosecution says she can get up to 15yrs. Everyone knows that just suggest what the max can be, but everyone, and I mean everyone knows that she will not get the max of 15yrs. I think she should get 2 months of county jail time for the assault on the officers she kicked and busted in the lip.

    Its hard to believe she is a teacher with the behavior that she displayed. This is not a teacher I would want my nephews and nieces to learn bad and violent manners from.

    Own up from your mistakes Heather, and stop using the race card, it only hurts society for all of us.

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  10. Now that justice has "truly" been established. By not only the evidence but Heather Ellis will someone go on a journey for justice of all of those that put time into a march and money in to support all of Ms. Ellis' lies.

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/editorialcommentary/story/C60841C89B3E79478625768C007F4CDB?OpenDocument

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