Thursday, August 6, 2015

We Have the Right People in Neshoba County Sheriff's Department

Gerry Manley, died under suspicious circumstances in Philadelphia, Mississippi, but his mother, Dale James (Sims), feels we have the right people in office now.

"I've met with them and talked with them, and I don't feel they are the kind of people who would try and cover anything up."

"However, I can't say that about the former authorities, Sistrunk and Adkins. When I tried to find my son, they fought me every step of the way, and because of that I will always feel something happened to my son that was covered up."

For families that have lost loved ones while in the custody of police,  or when the police were somehow involved, how you are treated makes all the difference in the world.

"If they had only tried to help me or treated me right, maybe I would not constantly torture myself thinking that my son was killed rather than died in an accident.  I feel because my son had been in trouble with the law, they thought I was a nobody, he was a nobody and that I would just go away, but I didn't and I won't."

"I need peace, I need to know what happened to my son."

Coming soon.... What Happened to Gerry Manley?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Despite Arrest in Death of RexDale Henry Lingering Doubts Persist

Rexdale Henry, 53, a member of The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians from the Bogue Chitto Community, was found dead in his jail cell at 10am on July 14, 2015, after being arrested for old fines.

Before running for the office of Tribal Council, Rexdale worked as an employee of Pearl River Resort as a Craps Dealer. He was know for his fun-loving-personality, kindness, and ability to keep those around him upbeat and laughing.

Although Justyn Schlegel, 34, of 11500 Rd 571, was arrested and charged with murder in the death of Henry, people who have know both men since childhood, don't believe Schlegel is guilty.

"It's bullsh**", says one friend angrily, I've know Justyn all of my life, and I know Rexdale, and in a jail with no weapons, hand to hand combat, Rexdale would have whipped Justyn's a**"

Another aquaintance and friend of both Rexdale and Justyn said:

"There is no way Justyn would ever do something like that. Justyn has some problems, probably stemming from drugs, and I think they needed a scape goat, and with him being a little off, probably because of the drugs, they found the perfect one."

Because of a mistrust of the police, most will not allow me to use their names, but another one said:

"I have been in a holding cell there before and a fight broke out, but they did not break it up, they just let them fight. The jail should still be held responsible, because you should be protected while you are there."

The autopsy report says Rexdales death was from blunt force trauma, and sounds eerily similar to the death of 29 year old Michael McDougle, who died 8 months earlier from blunt force trauma to the head.

According to eyewitness testimony, Michael McDougle was beaten and tasered by officers of the Philadelphia Police Department while he was in handcuffs.  His lifeless body was discovered in his cell around 7:30 am on November 1, 2014.

Despite the fact that Philadelphia, Mississippi's name will forever be marred in the 1964 Murder/Lynching of three civil rights workers; James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, things have gradually changed for the better.

However, after two suspicious deaths within a year at a Neshoba County jail, and the mysterious 1990 death of Scott Campbell, who was found hanging from his cell once the Philadelphia lights came back on after a mysterious blackout; some are not so sure it has changed enough.

Meanwhile, a niece of Justyn Schlegel, Chasity Renea Schlegel, has posted on Facebook:
Just wanna say we all make mistakes an do things we ain't proud of but mi uncle Justyn Schlegel didn't make the mistake of taken another man's life.... lord knows he would never harm anybody... jus plz keep mine an Rex dale Henry's family in yur prayers...‪#‎justiceforJustynandRex‬

I need ta rant for a min... mi family needs prayers big time..... mi uncle Justyn schlegel has been charged with a murder in Neshoba county jail.....first of all he didn't do this an its a cryin shame that we cant even trust the ppl that's suppose to be here to protect us hes not that type of person he would never do that an the negative comments I don need them.... I'm having a hard time with this. mi heart is beyond broken an so is mi families.... Jesus aint gonna let this continue. Tha Lord knows the truth... plz pray for mine an mr rexdale henrys family.... theres no evidence on him for anything.... the rant is over but this aint even half of wat I'm feelin rite now ppl are just tryna cover there own asses but believe me ima do mi best I can to prove mi uncle didn't do this....‪#‎Justiceforjustinandrex‬

At this time there are a lot of unanswered questions, like:

1.  Was Justyn Schlegel injured, especially his hand?
2.  Is there video tape of Rexdale's arrest, booking and activity outside his cell?
3.  When will the video be released to the public?
4.  What can we do to prevent this sort of thing from happening again?
5.  Is it time for the Philadelphia Police to start wearing body cameras?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Looking For Answers in Rexdale Henry Death

As of today,  34-year-old Justin Schlegel has been arrested for the murder of Rexdale Wayne Henry.  Schlegel was Rexdale's cellmate.
The news is a buzz about the death of Medicine Man/Activist, Native American Choctaw, Rexdale Henry, 53, who passed under suspicious circumstances in a Neshoba County jail in Philadelphia, MS, but for those of us who knew him, he was simply known as friend.

Always soft spoken, and kind, I usually ran into Rexdale as I was arriving at work and he was leaving.  I could always count on him for a friendly smile, and a big "Hey" when we passed each other.  

To know Rexdale was to love Rexdale.  He was one of those people who easily found his way into peoples hearts.

Trying to imagine what could have happened to him in a Neshoba County jail is incomprehensible, because no answer will ever satisfy the human longing to know "Why?"

Murder? Why would anyone ever want to hurt a kind soul like Rexdale.  Suicide?  No way! He was not the type person to take his own life, much less after only 3 days in jail for some old fines.

On the day of his death, July 14, 2015 around 12:00,  as I walked in the door at work, I was thrown for a loop when I went to my locker and there was a Dragonfly hanging from my lock.

Folklore says the Dragonfly carries the energy of the deceased.

One of the table game supervisors came along and gently removed the Dragonfly from my lock, and I thought, "How weird for a Dragonfly to be inside a Casino, hanging from the lock on my locker.  

Then I got the news that totally shocked me.  Rexdale Henry had passed that morning, and as the murky details of his death began to make their way around, we were all left with a feeling something wasn't right.

Again, as I went to break, the Dragonfly flew at me, and also at my friend JJ.  She said, "I feel like that is from Rexdale."

Although a Dragonfly holds no significant meaning to Native American Choctaws; Like Rexdale's death, the Dragonfly hanging from the lock on my locker seemed to be saying; something is amiss, unanswered, underneath the surface, waiting to be discovered, but what, and why?

I felt like there was a message; "You have a key to the lock, find out what happened to me, find justice for me", but as I sit here looking for answers, I realize none of them will give me peace. 

It is said when you see a dragonfly you are to look for a deeper meaning; the message of the Dragonfly is in keeping with the kind of person Rexdale was, and as his family waits on autopsy results,  I think this is a message Rexdale would want to leave all of us with.  

Excerpt from:  

When you see a dragonfly, that is your reminder to take a moment and evaluate the life you are living, to think about who you truly are as a person. A dragonfly's life span is very short, in its life it does not fly till the last half, once it is able to fly, it rarely stops. It enjoys the short amount of time it has to be free, and it does not waste a moment of it.
The dragonfly does not hurt anyone or anything, it spends most of its time alone, very peaceful and yet restless... with its translucent body, ever changing in the light, it can blend into its surroundings, beautiful and captivating. If you should come across a dragonfly, remember you are ever changing and beautiful. Life is more fulfilling when lead with an inner-peace, a clear mind and the ability to enjoy the smallest things.

Also means: be aware of falsehoods, deceit, and those speaking untrue and misleading words.
Fly on our friend, you may be gone from this earthy plane, but your memory will remain in the heart of all who knew and loved you, and we won't stop looking for justice.

You can join his Facebook page:  Justice for Rexdale W. Henry

#JusticeForRexDale  #death  #Jail  #SandraBland  #Rexdale #Dragonfly #Activism 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Shoot Out on A. Dean Road in Little Rock

Leah Platt,  25, armed and dangerous, was shot and by police, once in the arm and once in the head, around 5:00 am, after a high speed chase that lasted about an hour, with her driving at speeds in excess of 100 MPH with the lights out.

It all started around 4 am when she stole a vehicle from a man at gunpoint on Old Hwy 15 loop.

The chase ended on A Dean Road in Little Rock as many families were just waking up, getting their children ready for school, and taking out the garbage.

No other injuries have been reported.

She made a fatal mistake, when she went down A. Dean Road.  As resident Tim Dean put it, "You gotta pay a toll to cruise A. Dean road.  There are two ways in and no ways out!  She didn't make it out."

According to an eye-witness, she fired on police, and even after being shot the woman was still back-talking the police.  Whether she was high on drugs or mentally deranged, remains to be seen.

When ask who the woman was, one of the residents responded, "A wrong turn".

It is said, she first told officers she was from Newton, then said she was from Little Rock.

No officers or residents are reported to have been harmed.  She was taken to Anderson's hospital and has since been released, and is facing numerous charges.