I am a police brutality victim who was convicted of trespassing in spite of the fact that I wasn't breaking any law, and I was at my place of employment in an area that was open to the general public. The law didn't even match the circumstances or my alleged behavior. We were even able to show that the prosecution's primary witness perjured herself. That is why I must appeal my conviction. If this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.
On July 30th I was attacked and injured by campus police officers, shortly after teaching a math class. My crime? Taking pictures and handing out campaign literature. To this day authorities have refused to prosecute, or even investigate, my attackers. In fact my primary assailent got a promotion.
I am, Professor Scotty Boman. I teach mathematics and physics at Wayne County Community College District in Detroit, MI. At the time of the attack, I was a candidate for Detroit City Clerk. Since there was an on-site absentee voting place on campus, I decided to stop by there after teaching class. I took pictures of signs that were posted by the incumbent City Clerk; I thought they violated campaign rules that other candidates had to follow. Apparently, a campus police officer didn’t like this, so she started harassing me and called on a few other officers to join her. So I walked over to where volunteers for other candidates were handing out literature.
As soon as I attempted to hand out some of my campaign literature the same officer tried to stop me by swatting my hand. When I complained, I was jumped by other officers who took me away in cuffs. Knowing I was scheduled to speak at a candidate forum, they held me prisoner until the forum was almost over. During my captivity, they cuffed me in a torturous position that caused long-term damage to my wrist. They decided to charge me with trespassing even though I was in a public area at my place of work.
They charged me with a crime and deleted video evidence of the incident, to cover up politically motivated police violence. The statute I was chargeed with breaking was written for K-12 institutions not community colleges. It specifically exempts teachers who are permitted to work on a given date from being potential violators of the statute. None the less I was charged with breaking this trespassing law at a college I was teaching at, right after I dismissed my class. I was in an area that was open to the general public as the result of an agreement between the college and the City Clerk. If we don't appeal this, the charge will be on my permanent record. No one knows what trouble it could bring in the future. I never should have been charged with any crime.
Please help me appeal this false verdict.
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