Things that we thought were long passed are still happening today. The following post was emailed to me and I think that it important enought for me to include it on my blog. If you are reading this post please ask all of your contacts to go to : www.cullie.us and read this. It shows just what is still happening in Mississippi, and there are hints that certain people would like to see it elsewhere.
Hate still lives and there is a lot of work that has to be done . We have older people still teaching young people how to hate. I make this statement because no one is born hating it is taught.
Did William Pittman wake up August 20, 2009 in Sumner, Ms, in Tallahatchie
County believing he would live a nightmare, that day?
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 8:40 AM
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This is really scary but it just goes to show how overt things have gotten
— On Thu, 8/27/09, Finley, Charles (DOE)
<_Charles.Finley@doe.virginia.gov_ (mailto:Charles.Finley@doe.virginia.gov) > wrote:
_Attempted Lynching By My Hometown City Attorney _
Posted by: “Charles E Campbell Founder CEO of AHEC” email@example.com
_ (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) _tutwilerye _
Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:48 am (PDT)
Please forward to everyone you know.
This happened Thursday, August 20, 2009 in Sumner, Ms, in Tallahatchie
County.Yes the same county where a young Black boy named Emmett Till met his
doom/destiny some 54 years ago this week.This time a young Black man named
William Pittman,28 years old, of Tutwiler, MS, was the target of an
unauthorized manhunt by a law official and his posse of “deputized” gun toting
Sometime Thursday, August 20, 2009, Pittman & his friend McKeel Scott (at
the time of this writing his whereabouts is still unknown) were accused by
John Whitten III, the District Attorney of Tallahatchie County, of
burglarizing the home of a neighbor and quite possible a relative.According to
several sources, the boys were not actually caught in anybody’s home at that
time, but were still accused. This supposed act infuriated Mr. Whitten,
whose father, John Whitten Jr., was the defense attorney for the killers of
Emmett Till (the brothers J.W. Milam & Roy Bryant), and so instead of going
through the proper channels he decided to seek his own brand of vigilante
justice, southern style.
He organized a militia of what could best be described as a lynch mob.
Some of these men were actual law enforcement officers while others such as
the case of an unidentified white maintenance man from Tutwiler , MS , simply
wore a police uniform and was given a police car along with plenty of
booze, guns and ammunition. Even the K-9 unit from the Department of
Corrections at the notorious Parchman State Penitentiary was alerted for this
mission. In addition to the man, fire and canine power, Whitten deployed two
military tanks for the purpose of hunting down Mr. William Pittman as well.
Around 5pm on Thursday evening, William Pittman was Public Enemy # 1 of
the Magnolia State as far as Whitten was concerned. Whitten proceeded to
chase Pittman with his posse of dogs, firepower and tanks for what seem to be
several hours and a hauntingly surreal event for anybody who witnessed the
spectacle.As bullets and missiles were whistling all around him, William
Pittman had the presence of mind to run into a field and drop to the ground
to cover himself in mud and grass.
Not knowing where Pittman was hiding with the only visible evidence being
footprints that seemed to lead to nowhere, by this time the would-be
executioners, literally drunken with sadistic power as well as large quantities
of alcohol, out of frustration of not being able to find the wily Pittman,
began to shoot wildly into and around the field with their 50 caliber
machine guns, assault rifles and tanks.
Several law officials in the area were well aware of as well as disturbed
by what was going on in Sumner. Sheriff Deputy Willie Booker of
Tallahatchie County wanted to go to Sumner with backup to stop the potential lynching
and reinforce law and order, but was persuaded not to do so by his boss,
Sheriff William Brewer of Tallahatchie County.Not wanting the death of
William Pittman on his conscience, Sheriff Deputy Booker alerted Attorney Ellis
Pittman of Clarksdale, MS, the father of William Pittman, about the mayhem
taking place up in Sumner. Once he became aware that his son was the target
of lynch mob justice by a man, John Whitten III, who is a sworn mortal
enemy of his from their confrontations in the judicial arena, Attorney Pittman
immediately alerted the appropriate authorities and shortly thereafter got
into his car in a literal race of life and death to Sumner, Ms.
However, it was the very courageous gesture from the younger brother of
William Pittman, Cornelius Pittman,24, that stopped a true tragedy from
happening that day. Without a hesitating thought for his own safety and life,
Cornelius went into to field to talk down the lynch mob from doing the
unthinkable. Through a true act of God, Cornelius’ words of mercy resonated with
one of the law enforcement officials at the gathering, K-9 Officer Michael
Davies who then pleaded with the others to back off as well.
Once they find out who William’s father was many more heeded the call.Some
of the law officials then negotiated a peaceful surrender of William
Pittman to law enforcement officers and he was placed in Sumner jail without
any further incident or bodily harm. John Whitten frustrated and enraged in
coming up short of his intentions then allegedly told Cornelius Pittman in
the field the following:
“I am going to kill Will and his whole goddamn family if I have to!”
Attorney Pittman successfully made it to the Sumner town jail to bail his
son out later that evening. His son currently is being housed in a safe
place and has not been publicly seen since his horrifying brush with death.
Attorney Pittman was also successful in interviewing and recording several
law enforcement officials about last Thursday’s incident.Surprisingl y all
interviewed were refreshingly honest with Attorney Pittman about the details
of the manhunt confirming ‘the fact is stranger than fiction tale’ without
As far as the behavior of lynch mob leader John Whitten is concerned,
Attorney Pittman told W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News that Whitten “is supposed to be
enforcing laws and not breaking them.” From what I was able to find online,
Whitten was a juvenile court judge and municipal judge for Charleston, Ms.
Ironically, in addition to his duties as prosecuting attorney for
Tallahatchie County he is also the city attorney for Tutwiler, a predominantly Black
town with a Black mayor and 100% Black town council.
W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News was made aware by several sources that the FBI have
just started an investigation this past Sunday August 23, 2009, working
closely with several state officials to get to the bottom of this incident.
And on Weds. August 26, 2009 @ 9PM Central/10PM Eastern, W.E. A.L.L. B.E.
Radio will be interviewing Attorney Ellis Pittman & longtime Mississippi Civil
Rights activist and artist Sis. Margaret Block for an update about the
case. Please call 646-652-4593 and join the conversation as well as tune in
online at the following link:
_http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ weallbe/2009/ 08/27/Tha- Artivist-
PresentsWE- ALL-BE-News- Radio_
Help Bring Awareness About What Happened In Sumner, MS, By Doing The
Although WABG CH 6 in Greenville , MS interviewed some principle players
in this story last week, currently there is a media blackout on this story.
However, there are some things you great citizens can do to bring some
truth and light to this horrible case of true human rights violations in a
supposedly post-racial country supposedly governed by laws and not men.
Remember we have the power of the information highway (internet) let’s use it for
the power of good. The best weapon in any arsenal and war is knowledge!
“The Revolution Won’t Be Televised, But It Will Be Blogged, Podcasted,
Twitted & Broadcasted Online!!!”
Keep this story circulating in cyberspace and beyond by all means
necessary!!! You can do it!!!
Remember you heard this story first on W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News
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21st Century citizen journalism!! !
Whitten, John (The Would-Be Lynch Mob Leader)
Tallahatchie County Prosecuting Attorney 662-375-8726
P. O. Box 369
Sumner, MS 38957
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