Jawara, 37, was allegedly beaten while in custody at Bergen County Jail in New Jersey on February 21, 2017.
Jawara’s mother Melody Cunningham and his nine siblings including his sister Niambe McIntosh, the administrator of the Estate of Peter Tosh, seek justice on his behalf and will pursue a civil rights lawsuit against Bergen County Jail for directly participating in and/or for failing to prevent Jawara from being beaten into a coma while in their custody.
The family retained civil rights attorney Jasmine Rand who is known for fighting against police brutality and systemic inequities having represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, and local counsel Shelley Stangler who has handled multiple significant civil rights cases. Civil rights leaders including Reverend Al Sharpton and Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, support Jawara and his family.
“Many states and nations have begun the process of the legalisation of cannabis in recognition of its medicinal, spiritual, industrial and recreational value; but far too many people continue to be stripped of their freedom for cannabis related charges resulting in mass incarceration, police brutality, and murder. Criminalising cannabis legalises the deprivation of human rights.” Family attorney Jasmine Rand states.
“Our family will fight harder now than ever to Legalize It. We know that our father is here with us today strengthening our voices to fight for his son Jawara, and for our brothers and sisters throughout the world in jail, brutalized, or murdered over an herb that has the power to heal nations.” the family said
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