Dr. Boyce Watkins will be spear heading a rally on November 16th in Kennett, Missouri in support of Heather Ellis. Ellis, a young college student is facing up to 15 years in prison after an altercation at a local Walmart that started from cutting the line.
After the dust settled, Heather was arrested and charged with trespassing, disturbing the peace, and two felony counts of assaulting a police officer. These charges have delayed her education and cost her potential employment opportunities.
When Heather refused to sign a plea deal (she insists upon her innocence), prosecutor Stephen Sokoloff chose to prosecute Heather for the original felony counts. If convicted, she can face up to 15 years in prison. When Heather protested her trial publicly, she was threatened by the Ku Klux Klan.
From reports we’ve received from this region of the country (Rush Limbaugh was born roughly 100 miles away), the treatment of African- Americans in the criminal justice system is abominable. Ellis will finally go to trial for the three year-old incident on November 18th.
Also listen to what Dr. Boyce Watkins has to say about the case below.