Reverend Floyd Rose Speaks Out On “KJ” Case

| November 1, 2013

Kendrick Johnson SCLC Floyd Rose VALDOSTA, GA – On Thursday, October 31st, the Reverend Floyd Rose, president of Valdosta’s chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was interviewed by Black Crow Media on the Kendrick Johnson case. Rose said he believes Johnson’s death was a tragic accident. “It is our candid opinion, based on all that we have seen,  the official stance is that this is a tragic accident, and Kendrick Johnson was not murdered,” said Rose. Rose feels the accusation of officials covering up a murder is just not true. He believes there are too many people who would have to be involved in the cover up. “(They) had to have conspired to cover up a murder that nobody has yet proven existed,” said Rose, “which means all of these people would risk their jobs, their reputations, their retirement, and risk going to prison.”

Rose says if this were the 1960’s there could be a believable reason for a cover up, but there are too many whistle blowers now. “Our official position is, while we don’t know what happened to him, we are convinced based on what we have seen, and all the open records we have looked at, he was a victim of a tragic accident,” said Rose. He said no one has come forth with any information for the$10,000 reward the SCLC put out on October 18th. Rose has told the Johnson family attorney, Chevene King, he would forward any information he received directly to King and to Michael Moore, the U.S. Attorney. “The father of the family did call me, and he was outraged that I would even bother to get involved in this now, or that I would offer a reward,” said Rose. He added that the community is hurting and is divided because they want closure along with the family.

Rose said he has asked Moore and the attorneys of the family to make a “definitive determination” in Johnson’s death. Rose believes the contradicting evidence found in the state’s investigation and the family’s pathologist’s investigation should encourage federal intervention into the case. “When that is done, I would hope that this would be over,” said Rose.

In closing, Rose said he is in search of the truth in the case. “Here’s what’s important to me as a man …  I am convinced that God wants me to look for the truth where ever the truth leads,” said Rose, “and truth has neither color nor creed, it knows neither race nor religion. The truth is the truth … in the end I would rather be with the truth than not be with the truth whatever that costs me now.”

To hear the complete interview with Rev. Floyd Rose click here:

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  1. VSU Mom says:

    Thank you, sir, for your honesty and integrity.

  2. TOM ONEAL says:

    Thank you Reverend Rose. For standing up to what you believe to be true.

  3. Mother says:

    Easier said when it was not your child. How is the comfort of the community over this poor families loss even important? I pray that our children and loved ones are kept safe so we never have to experience this. God will have the last say, whether it’s here or in the after life.

  4. Guest says:

    Thank you Reverend Rose for your courage in speaking out and standing up for truth. I pray that you will continue to receive strength and wisdom in you efforts to help this community heal.

  5. military man says:

    Give this man a year and he’ll have a brand new church, can’t trust to many preachers in this day and age!

  6. Tater Magillicutti says:

    I am glad he is seeing the common sense side but I can’t help but wonder the angle. Floyd Rose has been bucking for years to be the next Sharpton or Jesse Jackson so for him to fall in with the “racists” on this issue makes me wonder what is going on now.

  7. I have no negatives for this comment section.

    However, we must follow the facts and let truth rule the day but we must also review the Historic Archival Records of South Georgia.

    Black and White People in need and what they really need!

    History does not lie unless people lie: So just follow the yellow brick road….An almost forgotten branch in Brooks County Georgia.

    A local mother called about her son in our local jail:

    Former Inmate Finally Gets a chance to tell her truth:

    Unreported News Worthy Information Ignored in our beloved community:

  8. Mother says:

    If your not going to support the family then stand down! Let this family fight for what they believe is right or wrong! Nobody cares about your opinion because its not your child! Take several seats!

  9. Let KJ Rest in Peace says:

    There are other parents and children who also have rights. The teachers, coaches, school officials, and school board members have rights. One of the rights all of us have is to NOT be accused of murder conspiracy without any evidence. Everyone is tired of the attorney and the family using CNN to portray ALL of Valdosta as a small southern town still mired in the racial ugliness of sixty years ago. Everyone is tired of the attorney and the family plastering their unsupported allegations on the nightly news. Then people all over the nation start calling and emailing our public officials, and many are people who are unstable and they start making terroristic threats at the men and women who are working for our community. Even our city council and city police department are getting these calls now. What it looks like to rational people is that the attorney and family are trying to “shake down” the government for a settlement. I hope that’s not true, but it sure looks like it. If you have substantial evidence that a murder was committed, then I hope you’ve given your evidence to Michael Moore at the Department of Justice. Everyone is fed up with the public spectacles and the ugliness of public accusations made on national television. It’s wrong. Everyone feels compassion over the death of this young man, but the history of his death will be written as one of ugly rancor and false accusations, rather than a legacy of the character of this young man that everyone loved. Let him rest in peace. Give him a memorial. His teachers at Lowndes High School cared for him as they care for all children. These men and women give their lives to help children, to help ALL CHILDREN. The accusations of murder cover up have been aimed at ALL the people who tried to investigate this case, from the video technicians to the school administrators to the superintendent. It’s time to start examining the facts and stop with the public spectacles. Racist allegations are wrong, no matter which race they come from. We all have to live here and we all care about ALL of our children. I pray for our community. What the attorney and the family are doing to our community is wrong.

  10. Brenda says: