Valdosta > Kenneth Johnson: “They gave us no choice”

| January 28, 2015

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VALDOSTA — The trial over Civil Disobedience charges against the parents of deceased Lowndes High student Kendrick Johnson began Tuesday in Valdosta on the site of the courthouse where they were arrested.

Kenneth and Jackie Johnson, along with 5 other family members, were arrested in April of 2013 when they blocked access to the Lowndes County Judicial Complex.

Prosecutors claim that the fact the Johnson family members locked arms, keeping people from using a courthouse entrance, resulted in the arrests.  Kenneth Johnson claims the family was put in that position in an effort to be heard by law enforcement.  Regardless, authorities state a crime was committed.

In a WACTV interview with Winnie Wright, Kenneth Johnson expressed his concerns.

“We didn’t have another choice”, Kenneth Johnson stated on the witness stand during the trial.  “They gave us no choice, but to come to this courthouse and protest the way we did because we weren’t getting any cooperation from the sheriff’s department. They gave us no choice but to come here and bring attention to what happened to our son”, said Johnson.

Lowndes County Sheriff’s Lt. Stryde Jones testified that the Sheriff’s Office attempted to reason with the Johnson family, but were left with no other choice after they refused to act responsibly.

“We asked them, then we informed them, that if they didn’t cease their actions, they would be arrested”, Jones told the jury.  And they were.

The case is being heard by a Thomas County judge, Judge Mark Mitchell, after Lowndes Circuit judges recused themselves in an effort avoid controversy and promote upmost fairness.

If convicted, the Johnson family members charged could face jail time for the misdemeanor act.  The case is expected to conclude on Wednesday.

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  1. Pigtails & Capezios says:

    Why don’t they arrest Ben Crump and the other idiot attorney who’s name escapes me?

    Sure, 15 to 20 kids at Lowndes High, who would have had to witness the alleged “murder” since a PE class was about to start within 10 minutes of the supposed fight, were so unconscionable they ALL let Kendrick die in the mat – and to this day have said nothing!

    What a crock of dung!

    • Words are easy to place on paper and to Pigtails & Capezions. Just keep posting your truth because time will tell the rest of the story as American History always reveals. Moreover, concerning Attorney Ben Crimp And Attorney King they were born into this world the same as the rest of us and God love all his created beings and life sources. Have a nice day always. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVxEzpGKBOk&list=UUXouBUErOAg75vra7x9iBGQ

      • Pigtails & Capezios says:

        Yeah man….that video changed my life!

        I am now convinced there are 15 to 20 Lowndes High students in a mass conspiracy to cover up a murder because of it!

        So logical. Sort of like my dog will fly one day as soon as his wings sprout.

        • Tater Beauchamp says:

          The truth isn’t what they want now. All that is sought now is the magic dollar sign. Put enough zeroes on a check and all will be quiet again.

    • Tater Beauchamp says:

      Don’t be coming in here trying to speak that logic and common sense! We won’t have none of that here!

  2. Stanley Turnfelton says:

    Ben Crimp And Attorney King they were born into this world the same as the rest of us and God love all…”

    This statement from Mr. Rhynes seems disingenuous in light of the fact Mr. Crump’s and Mr. King’s conjectured and unsubstantiated allegations have wreaked havoc upon teenagers and their families who have had nothing whatsoever to do with the KJ tragedy.

    Are they not sir “born into this world the same as the rest of us”?

    Why does the shoe only fit half?