Appeal Scotty's False Conviction
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.
Here is what others have written about my plight:
The sentencing hearing could have been better, but it could have been worse. We had requested a "delayed sentence" which means I would have paid a fine and possibly done community service or probation... but I would have a clean criminal record.
The prosecution wanted to impose both a fine and community service while putting this "serious crime" on record since I was supposedly "disrupting an election and was a threat to campus security"... Really!
Well, I got stuck with a $375 fine and a criminal record, but no community service. Mine was one of the last cases to be adjudicated so I noticed this fine was typical of those standing before Judge Archer today.
So my sentence has been served! Thank you to all who helped me do that. I have no more than 21 days to decide on whether or not to appeal the criminal charge, but it would cost more than the fine to even get started.
The civil suit is still in play and has been escalated from state to Federal Court. The case would be much stronger without a conviction, but oh well.
So now I get to tell my story every time I get asked if I have a criminal record. This should be almost as fun as telling people about a snowball fight in the 1980s when I would be asked if I had ever been arrested or been in jail.
Now I will rest, and get comfortable with my new status as a convicted criminal.
If you wish to stop by in the morning to show your support, here are the details:
9AM Friday January 29th.
Check Downstairs to find out where Roberta Archer is having Court. It will probably be in Room 336. 36th District Court. 421 Madison Avenue. Detroit, Mi 48226
For more information about my case visit: http://scottyboman.org/
Please check the list of prohibited items. Phones with cameras are not allowed.
This event is also posted on Facebook:
and on Meetup.com:
Sorry about the short notice, but I just found out about this yesterday.
Whether or not I get any justice in the long-run remains anyone's guess, but I can be fairly confident that I will have a hefty fine extorted from me Friday.
If nothing else my conviction sends a message that whistle-blowers will be dealt with harshly. Don't think it can't happen to you. The other message is that even those who can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they have complied with the letter of the law can be convicted, and those convictions can be upheld.
Since the next step in the process will cost at least an additional $500 I am increasing my goal to an even $3,000.