Law Enforcement Injustice By Zolo Agona Azania
ZOLO AGONA AZANIA #4969
LAW ENFORCEMENT INJUSTICE
The wanton abuse of police power is not a mere thing of
legend. It's a fact of life in these United States, and
From the moment any awful act of police misconduct came to
light via the news media, or testimony in the courtroom, an
entire police department stood by and let it happen -- and
then clammed up about what had taken place.
Whatever happened in the past is not merely history. That is
to say, injustice of today is directly related to injustice
of yesterday. People who are concerned for fairness and the
appearance of justice will not be able to dismantle police
corruption and abuse of public trust, if they assert to be
neutral while looking the other way. Clearly the challenge
is that if you stand neutral or deliberately indifferent
because you have not personally been the recipient of
injustice and abuse in the courts and on the streets by the
sworn enforcers of the law, then you have to walk in the
footsteps of people, like myself, where and to whom these
On August 11, 1981 i was illegally arrested by political
police and accused of killing a police officer during an
armed bank robbery. False evidence was invented and used as
a ruse against me, calculated to provide a wrongful
conviction and death sentence, cloaked with improper acts
with the state prosecutorial machinery and resources to give
it the appearance of propriety. The credibility of every
witness who testified for the state is in question.
The police made intentional false reports about when, where
and how i was captured, among other things, to make the
charges against me sound plausible. The autopsy report about
the cause of death of the police officer was falsified in
relation to the ballistic test-firing of the weapons.
Two hand-guns, a .38 and .44, were planted by police and
presented to the all-white jury as incriminating evidence,
which misled and influenced the decision of the decision
making body to which it was addressed. Prosecutors claimed
the .44 was the murder weapon. Donald McDuffie Sr., a well
known loan-shark, testified he sold me a .44 pistol. The .38
was traced back to the Gary police department by B.A.T.F.
(Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) agents.
On May 25, 1982 i was sentenced to the penalty of death.
After years of contesting the bogus charges, the death
sentence was reversed by the Indiana Supreme Court in 1993.
But after a second trial on the sentence only, it was put on
me again in 1996.
My case does not involve D.N.A. testing. There was a
reasonable likelihood that the knowing use of admitted
perjured testimony, tainted evidence, and police misconduct
in both trials, could have affected the judgment of at least
one juror, and the outcome would have been different. The
jury trials were rigged against me.
People of Afrikan ancestry (whom i call New Afrikans) were
systematically excluded from the pool from which my jury was
selected. Rather than monitor and repair a jury selection
system that was not working properly, county officials tried
to cover up the flaws by destroying material evidence and
lying about the problem. Every human being who serves on a
jury have the power, and moral responsibility, within a small
specified group to express, affirmatively, the true meaning
By Zolo Agona Azania #4969
Indiana State Prison
P.O. Box 41
Michigan City, Indiana 46361-0041 u.s.a.
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