For Immediate Release: Freedom First International, Social Justice Networks & National Community Activist have joined the Fight for Justice for Jorden Marie Simms asking for Accountability!

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For Immediate Release: Freedom First International, Social Justice Networks & National Community Activist have joined the Fight for Justice for Jorden Marie Simms asking for Accountability!

(For National Distribution-Sent February 10, 2020) 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. Central Standard Time

DEAR GOVERNOR AND OFFICIALS,

 

Today Freedom First International and it’s global networks of affiliates and partner social justice organizations is now urging the Governor Ducey and officials on the ground in Arizona to investigate the unfortunate death of Jorden Marie Simms and also the serious flurry of inconstancy with reports which involve this tragedy- We are asking for this injury to begin with the Sheriff and his teams based on reports (or lack thereof) concerning Simms untimely Death.

For your information a brief synopsis of the incident is as follows: 

> Jorden Marie Simms a young multiracial female- died in a hospital room after she slipped out of her handcuffs and jumped from a moving sheriff’s vehicle on Thursday December 26, 2019, police say. She accused two officers of sexually assaulting her in the days before she died. Simms was placed in custody by Safford Police Department due to an outstanding warrant for her arrest from Yavapai County. The warrant was related issues including a theft and carried a $25,000 bond. Simms was booked into Graham County Jail.

> The Safford Police Department confirmed in a statement on Monday December 23, 2019 that Simms, 28, had made “an allegation” against arresting officer Jeremiah French and the department had placed French on paid administrative leave. The Graham County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed on Mo that Simms also made an allegation against one of its detention officers.

>   After almost two days of the claim-,on Wednesday December 26, 2019- Simms was being taken to the Mount Graham Regional Medical Center in Safford for an exam when she allegedly removed her handcuffs, belly chains and ankle restraints (with a small bottle of hand soap as lubricant) and jumped out of the moving transport vehicle a Ford Explorer’s rear driver’s side door, according to the Graham County Sheriff’s reports. Simms throw herself from the Chevy Tahoe transport vehicle while it was northbound on 20th Avenue. The Tahoe was described as an older vehicle that can be opened from the inside, unlike other patrol and transport vehicles. Graham County Dispatch notes the incident occurred at 6:44 p.m. along 20th Avenue near the Sunshine Valley Apartments. Simms expired shortly thereafter due to the serious and critical injuries.

For our part as a “Extremely,” concerned but very capable- Human Rights organization with international outreach-we have committed our resources to investigate this claim which we have no doubt has merit but we would hope that the officials on the ground will simply “Do the right thing.”  In the shape and fashion that most closely represents “Justice” for the Family of Miss Simms and her estate. 
For full disclosure our actions in the days ahead will include: 
 
1) Bringing this matter to the attention of the international press. 
 
2) Alerting partner organizations including the ACLU, ReFuse Fascism, and many more to the issues of injustice at Graham County Jail. 
 
3) Also we plan to stage events on the ground to highlight the issue of misjustice. 
 
4) In addition we have started a petition to the community to research, seek and highlight other incidents of injustice at the Graham County Jail (we will highlight those incidents in the days ahead).
 
5) On February 19, 2020-The Freedom First International Team will have a national conference call via Facebook Live to discuss further details and coordinate ground efforts. (Please review the statement from the Freedom First International President, Bishop Gregg L.Greer)
 

“Governor and officials on the ground it is our specific hope that you truly have unconditional considerations of justice for the life and family of Miss Simms in mind and also in action- as there is a basic entitlement to that much not only from the standpoint point of the constitution of the United States but as a potential serious violation “Human Rights Issue.”  From my viewpoint-This story is extremely disturbing-we want an immediate investigation that is transparent, and personally as a criminal justice specialist-I am having a hard time believing that she slipped her wrists, waist and ankle restraints in the back seat of a moving transport while in the presence of trained officers.
 

My organization has a proven track record of fighting against major travesties of injustice with a proven track of resolution toward “justice”, and we have committed to this issue wholeheartedly!- There is no absolutely no reason for Jorden M. Simms to have lost her life. Now,we ask that you folks to the right thing.”

Bishop Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International

 
For our part we have open to further and detailed conversation about this matter please feel to reach out to our team for arrangements. 
CC:
Freedom First International (Executive Committee)
ACLU TEAM ARIZONA 
Guilty in Innocence Project (Jennifer Olin)
SCLC National
SCLC STOP THE VIOLENCE
Social Justice Networks Global (Monica James)  
ReFuse Fascism (National Office)
Kenneth Harding Foundation (Denika Chatman)
Justice for Jorden Marie Simms Committee
Human Rights Watch USA 
 
Arizona Governor’s Office
Doug Ducey
Amanda Pitman

Megan Fitzgerald,  

Graham County Sheriff Executive Team
National and International News Media
 
 
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WHAT:   For Immediate Release: Freedom First International, Social Justice Networks & National Community Activist have joined the Fight for Justice for Jorden Marie Simms asking for Accountability!

WHERE: Incident involving The Graham County Sheriff’s Department Jail, and Safford, Arizona     

WHO: Freedom First International, Global Social Justice Networks, & Partners

Bishop Gregg L.Greer, and a growing list of multiple community national activist. 

WHY:  An effort to bring justice to a “questionable”  unsolved homicide.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, -Public Interest Story about community activist addressing a serious public safety concern including Police Misconduct based on homicide at Graham County Sheriff Jail. 

AREA Of INTEREST: Community Activist  Reform against_and continued fight for or justice in a communities.

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:  Yes Local, see links below

Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews:  Yes

References:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2019/12/30/arizona-inmate-jorden-simms-accused-safford-police-graham-county-officers-sex-assault-before-died/2773647001/

https://www.abc15.com/news/local-news/investigations/family-of-jorden-simms-woman-who-died-in-graham-co-custody-wants-answers

 

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact  Media Director Washington Bailey, for Media, email or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information or use https://freedomfirstinternational.net/contact-us/

You may also Contact Freedom First International President Bishop Gregg L.Greer about the press event at gregggreer72@gmail.com

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(For National Distribution-Sent February 10, 2020) 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. Central Standard Time