Supporters of Cyntoia Brown have been rallying on her behalf to see that she have her life sentence for murder commuted, considering Brown says she was a victim of sex trafficking. With the news that Brown will soon see Freedom, many on Twitter are reacting to the news.
Brown, now 30, was at the center of an August 2004 case where she agreed to meet and have sex with a 43-year-old man in Nashville, Tenn. After traveling to his home, Brown shot the man and returned stolen goods and the man’s vehicle to her pimp. Brown admitted to committing the crime after initially stating she acted in self-defense although that was thrown out in court. She was sentenced to 51 years to life in prison, serving 15 years thus far before today’s announcement.
In that time, supporters of Brown and anti-sex trafficking advocates have rallied around her in a bid to gain her freedom. Brown has also rehabilitated her life to a satisfactory degree, which was noted by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in his statement. Brown will go free in August of this year, which has garnered an explosive reaction by celebrities and others via Twitter.
We’ve collected some of the reaction to Cyntoia Brown’s clemency below.
Good. She should have never been in prison in the first place. https://t.co/nWop35rOjk— Terrell Jermaine Starr (@Russian_Starr) January 7, 2019
CYNTOIA BROWN WAS GRANTED CLEMENCY! ✨— XJ-9.♡ (@heartbreakjenni) January 7, 2019
She will be released August 7th of this year! pic.twitter.com/UEtYyf6MkN
i am celebrating this clemency of cyntoia brown while also knowing that she should not have spent a day in prison. and yes she is free but she cannot ever get back those 15 years. she cannot get back her childhood. this system took too much from her.— #freekeithdavisjr (@liberianjue_) January 7, 2019
Cyntoia Brown will be freed. In one of his last acts as Tennessee’s governor, Republican @BillHaslam granted executive clemency to Brown, a victim of child sex trafficking, commuting her life sentence for a killing she committed in self-defense at age 16. https://t.co/IXNeVYQlEm— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 7, 2019
I am thrilled to hear that Cyntoia Brown's sentence will be commuted.— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) January 7, 2019
Now let's talk about all of the other people unfairly trapped in the carceral system who will never see justice.
Let us celebrate this win and keep fighting for a more just future for everyone.
👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Thank you Governor Haslam 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/rAiru84fgn— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 7, 2019
On 7 August 2019, Cyntoia Brown gets her freedom.— Ottilia Anna MaSibanda (@MaS1banda) January 7, 2019
People's activism matters.
People's activism saves lives.
People have been organizing with Cyntoia Brown for a decade +. This is before some of us even knew the term justice reform. I had classmates in juvenile with her when I was in high school. Make no mistake about it, this is an example of long term organizing and strategizing.— Gicola A. Lane (@GicolaLane) January 7, 2019
Justice has finally been served: #CyntoiaBrown has been granted clemency. This victory belongs to Cyntoia Brown & to the Tennessee human trafficking activists, especially Black women, who refused to concede injustice & instead organized to create change. https://t.co/ANC0aOXj5N— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) January 7, 2019