Jean Augustine interview: Justice for Albert Johnson button

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´╗┐Justice with Dignity. Remember Kimberly Rogers Justice for Albert
Johnson. Truth of the matter, I don't remember this Kimberly Rogers story,
but I can tell you I was on the ground floor and I was in all of the
activities around Albert Johnson. Albert Johnson was one of the earliest
police killings in the black community that got into that
national/international attention. He was mentally, he had some mental
illness. He was known to the police and whatever occurred, they went to see
him and he had a small-- he was eating something and he had a knife in his
hand. And whatever occurred, he was shot. And so the community was really--
just as we've had recently; everybody's very upset, asking for justice. And
that was before we had police-community relations, that was before we had
SIU, that was before we had all of the checks on balances, and so the
community had to organize and demonstrate and push and get legal help and
get all kinds of voices, and the whole campaign was called Justice for
Albert Johnson. I'm not too sure what the final resolution was. Whether
police was charged and then, as happens in most cases, not convicted. I
forget now, my memory just has gone completely blank on what the end
result, but there was just activity day in, day out, day in, day out.
Marches on the street, Dudley Laws, Charlie Roach and all those.
[This]would've been in the 80s, the early 80s. Denim Jawley(?) would know
the story of this, he follows number of these incidents with dates and
times and whatnot-- I don't remember. But I know it would've been in the
80s. I can see myself now down the street where he lived, I can see the
marches, I can see the group of us who spent time with his wife consoling
and talking, the evidence that was built, you know the steps, police had to
go in, the fact that he had some kind of disability so he wasn't a swift
bodied, a healthy bodied man, and the fact that he was known to the police
in the area as someone who walked the street talking to himself and stuff
like that. But it was one of those things that really ripped the community
and where there was a sense that he was killed in his house and that there
was quite an injustice. Kimberly Rogers, I don't remember.