“In Memoriam” Tamir Rice June 25, 2002 -November 23, 2014

This coming week would have been the 16th birthday of  Tamir Rice. Freedom First international and it’s affiliates honor his life as we worked diligently both on the ground and nationally to help fight for justice. 

The shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy (June 25, 2002 – November 23, 2014), occurred on November 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. Two police officers, 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann and 46-year-old Frank Garmback, responded after receiving a police dispatch call of a black male that “keeps pulling a gun out of his pants and pointing it at people”. A caller reported that a male was pointing “a pistol” at random people in the Cudell Recreation Center. At the beginning of the call and again in the middle he says of the pistol “it’s probably fake”.  Toward the end of the two-minute call, the caller stated “he is probably a juvenile”.

 However, this information was not relayed to Loehmann or Garmback on the initial dispatch. The officers reported that upon their arrival, they both continuously yelled “show me your hands” through the open patrol car window. Loehmann further claimed that instead of showing his hands, it appeared as if Rice was trying to draw: “I knew it was a gun and I knew it was coming out”. In response, the officer shot twice, hitting Rice once in the torso. He died on the following day.

Freedom First International’s (FFI)- President Gregg L Greer worked with the family to organize a stronger media effort both on ground nationally and internationally. FFI also organized multiple rallies in Cleveland, Oh area and abroad to galvanize the public over the course of two years.

With powerful relations Freedom First International helped organize a legal team who worked separately from our advocacy effort to assist the family with successful civil litigation.  Freedom First International even organized at the United Nations (UN) and hosted an event there to bring international attention to Tamir’s case.

We wish to thank all organizers and everyone in the community who stood on the front lines to fight against this unjustified case of injustice that took a promising young life. Our prayers remain with the family.  

We pray for a world were children are safe from terror and oppression. Until then we will work towards Freedom.  

 

Further Reference

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-stronghold-of-injustice-in-black-america-that-easily_us_5a1766efe4b068a3ca6df731

https://www.theringer.com/2016/7/21/16043464/tamir-rice-cleveland-shooting-samaria-rice-fa8ca0eb4487

https://goblackcentral.com/2015/10/tamir-rice-family-along-with-nationallocal-activist-to-hold-press-conference/

https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/06/tamir_rices_mother_speaks_out.html

 

Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International has lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby, Tamir Rice and others

(See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

(For National Distribution-Sent June 16, 2018) 12:00 p.m. Central

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“In Memoriam” George Stinney Jr. October 21, 1929 -June 16, 1944

 

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Freedom First International, The Guilty in Innocence Project and affiliates-honor the life of George Stinney Jr.

An African-American young boy, George Stinney Jr., who was executed at age 14 in the killing of two young white girls has been exonerated in South Carolina, 70 years after he became the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 1900s. A judge ruled he was denied due process.

In her ruling, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote that she found that “fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process exist in the 1944 prosecution of George Stinney, Jr., and hereby vacates the judgment.”

The case was brought by George Frierson of Manning, SC and his group known as-A New Day, and afterward assistance come with testimony from Stinney’s surviving siblings.

Our organization started in 2011 working  behind the scenes and on the ground with public rallies, and well as memorials. Also addition we help galvanize the international media and some legal research to bring further attention to this case-up-to the point of his exoneration. 

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Another role we primarily accepted at the time was supporting George Frierson and his group with the memorial rededication which happened on July 16, 2016.  We like to thank George Frierson, Jennifer Bowers Olin, the Stinney Family and all organizations and advocates who helped overturn Georges conviction.

On December 17, 2014, his conviction was posthumously vacated 70 years after his execution, because the circuit court judge ruled that he had not been given a fair trial; he had no effective defense and his Sixth Amendment rights had been violated. The judgment noted that while Stinney may in fact have committed the crime, the prosecution and trial were fundamentally flawed. Judge Mullen ruled that his confession was likely coerced and thus inadmissible. She also found that the execution of a 14-year-old constituted “cruel and unusual punishment.”

 

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(Stinney Rally at Manning Courthouse on December 10, 2013)

References: 

http://www.theitem.com/stories/stinney-memorial-rededicated,250642

https://oneworld01.com/tag/george-stinney-jr-youngest-person-ever-executed-in-u-s-history-strong/

https://www.causes.com/exonerate-george-stinney-jr

 

Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International has lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby, Tamir Rice and others

(See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

(For National Distribution-Sent June 17, 2018) 

For immediate Release: Freedom First International (others), will Stand in opposition and voice disapproval of ICE’s enforcement practices. Urge for immediate change in Federal Police policy. (Press Briefing & Rally)

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This is a clarion call for faith and civic leadership around Chicago-land to stand in solidarity against the cruel and unusual punishment against all immigrants. This call will include a petition to stop the separation of children from families with this harsh treatment

We have asked all faith leaders interested in joining the call and also those who want to sign the endorsement to contact us.

Our commitment to restorative balance in the community must be heard-clearly. Lastly we agree with the leaders of our city and say clearly protection of those oppressed must happen both directly and indirectly.  Advocates from other organization and stand with us at the Press Conference.

The I.C.E enforcement programs pose a variety of threats to civil liberties: They implicate the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, the constitutional guarantee of due process, period!

Email Freedom First International at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

Many of ICE’s removal tactics take away even the right to a fair hearing in court, as the government rushes to judgment and tries to ram people through a rubber-stamp system that ignores individual circumstances. These enforcement programs pose a variety of threats to civil liberties:

Bishop Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International 

Many of ICE’s removal tactics take away even the right to a fair hearing in court, as the government rushes to judgment and tries to ram people through a rubber-stamp system that ignores individual circumstances. These enforcement programs pose a variety of threats to civil liberties:

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WHAT: For immediate Release: Freedom First International, will Stand in opposition and voice disapproval of ICE’s enforcement practice that impose heavy social costs, tearing American families apart and undermining community trust in law enforcement.

WHERE:    USCIS Local Office – Chicago 101 West Congress Pkwy Chicago, IL 60605. Monday June 11, 2018 at 11:30am CST 

WHO: Freedom First International, Refuse Fascism, Urban Christian Leadership Initiative & others.

WHY:  ICE’s enforcement practices also impose heavy social costs, tearing American families apart and undermining community trust in law enforcement.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, -This group is looking to effect change on a national level. 

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Police Policy in locally and nationally.  

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:

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

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact President, Gregg L.Greer at (312) 833-8231 (cell) or by email at gregggreer72@gmail.com 

Media Director Frederick Washington, (224) 678-0347 ext 7 Media or at One World Transatlantic Global Media, email oneworldtransglobal@gmail.com or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information. 

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Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International has lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby, Tamir Rice and others

(See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

(For National Distribution-Sent June 11, 2018) 11:30am Central

For immediate Release: Community activist and Family Prayer Vigil Sunday For Abducted Baby Royalty Wolf-Renewed Callout For The Childs Return. 

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(Information and awareness-supplied (organized) by the Help Find Royalty Wolf Facebook Page)

Freedom First International will be on Chicago’s south-side today to assist and support a call for infant who was adduced this past week.  Freedom First Int’s team will join in with community members and organizers holding a prayer vigil and continued callout for the return of this missing baby girl this Sunday on May 20, in Evergreen Park, IL Freedom First International and it’s team is asking all media to assist with this effort, and provide coverage of this valuable community call to assist in bringing this baby home. 

Community plans vigil for kidnapped infant and call for her safe return
Sunday, May 20th at 2:00
95th & Kedzie Ave in Chicago, IL
3-month-old Royalty Wolf was kidnapped during a DCFS supervised visit on Monday 5/14 by her birth mother, Mikequera Randolph who has a long history of violent, unstable behavior.  According to the Bring Royalty Home Facebook page.

The foster parents possibly involved with this case may have first hand knowledge of how violent and unstable birth mother can be. We are very worried for this child’s safety and ask the community that they continue to share Royalty’s picture and pray for her safety.

Bishop Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International states, when a child goes missing it is very important that the callout is organized with as many folks on the ground as possible to heighten chances of a return. 

For the record Freedom First International has lead the organizing efforts to assist with major child welfare cases on a local and national level including Tamir Rice, Semaj Crosby.

 For Those who can’t be there it will be on Facebook Live Here:

https://www.facebook.com/Freedomfirstinternational/

https://www.facebook.com/gregggreer.greer 

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WHAT:  For immediate Release: Community activist and Family Prayer Vigil Sunday For Abducted Baby Royalty Wolf-Renewed callout for the child’s return. 

WHERE:   95th & Kedzie Ave in Chicago, IL 5-20-18 at 2:00pm

WHO: Freedom First International (Team), President Bishop Gregg L. Greer,Various Community Members

WHY: A committed call to ask the community to assist with any information that could help in reducing potentially dangerous abduction of infant child Royalty Wolf and returning the child home safely.

NEWS PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Chicago Community, Civic Organization who have been on the front lines of community safety and awareness for many years. 

AREA OF INTEREST: Public Safety/ Child Welfare

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:

https://patch.com/illinois/southside/s/gfdnr/prayer-vigil-sunday-for-abducted-baby-royalty-wolf

Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes, also organizers community members will provide media commentary. 

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser

Media Director Frederick Washington, (224) 678-0347 ext 7 Media or at One World Transatlantic Global Media, email oneworldtransglobal@gmail.com or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information. 

You may contact Our President Bishop Gregg L.Greer at (312) 833-8231 (cell) as he will be on the ground. 

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Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International and it’s President have lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby Tamir Rice and others (See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

(For National Distribution-Sent May 20, 2018) 8:00am Central

 

Media Statement: Open Letter to The Will County Sheriff asking for recusal in the Homicide investigation of Semaj Crosby

For immediate Release Media Statement: Open Letter to The Will County Sheriff asking for recusal in the Homicide investigation of Semaj Crosby(Media Briefing)

 

Dear State Officials,

“We are deeply concerned that after one year to date of the murder-that the death of this child has not yet been resolved. Our concerns are furthered by the fact that those who are responsible have not been prosecuted-adding to the concern is the fact that there is already an apparent wealth of known public information about Semaj Crosby’s death.

“Over the course of the past year-The Will County Sheriff’s Department has had extremely broad discretion over the scope and conduct of this investigation as well as final say over whether to bring federal charges against individuals who may be responsible. 

However limited, The Will County Sheriff Department has worked inside the local community to collect various information on those who are being investigated…We believe-the revelations of the past year regarding this investigation has been a considerable disappointment, as well as a major blow to public confidence and more specifically, the local Will County law enforcement institutions and to the integrity of public security. 

We must now urge-That the allegations must be met with a thorough, complete and impartial examination. Given the fact that the Will County Sheriff Department has missed critical opportunities to push forward with this investigation, we urge that Will County Sheriff’s Department now recuse itself going forward, and hand this investigation over to more qualified investigative hands being the State of Illinois.” Even, the Will County Sheriff’s support of more qualified State investigators would be a welcomed and necessary change.

Lastly, “A thorough ethics investigation is needed into malfeasance, conflict of interest, or any potential violations resulting from The Will County Sheriffs Investigation into the Homicide of Semaj Crosby and any person or groups that had effects of influence and have hampered this investigation.”

For the record my office will proceed with official complaint procedure at the Attorney Generals Office-I would hope to schedule a conference or meeting in the following days, to discuss options.  

Sincerely, Bishop Gregg L.Greer

President of Freedom First International 

 

BCC:

Lisa Madigan 

Patricia A. McConnell 

James W.Glasgow

Sheriff Mike Kelly

 

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Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International and it’s President have lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby Tamir Rice and others (See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

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(For National Distribution-Sent April 25, 2018) 11:00am Central

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Contacts

Media Director Frederick Washington, (224) 678-0347 ext 7 Media or at One World Transatlantic Global Media, email oneworldtransglobal@gmail.com or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information.

For immediate Release:  Alton Sterling’s Life mattered-Many American’s are voicing disapproval of The American Police State- Urge for immediate change of U.S. Police Policy. (Media Briefing)

For immediate Release Alton Sterling’s Life mattered-Many American’s are voicing disapproval of The American Police State- Urge for immediate change of Police policy. (Media Briefing)

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Attribution:  nola.com

In the case of Alton Sterling our hearts go out to the family:

We are now at a time- In The United States when many people feel that we (community) can’t depend on the United States Government, The Department of Justice and more specifically-in communities around the country people have grown overly weary of community policing. 

To an unaware public  “Killer Cops” in many of these, “well known” national cases stay on the streets without certain and swift prosecution. To an unhappy America public-to top it all-the level of distrust looms for a government that overwhelmingly appears to have grown “openly”  self serving, and will not represent the interest of the public.
Our Message to “The Political World,” “The Justice System” and the “U.S. Courts,”- is now simply that at some point you have to make around to smooth out rough edges.
You must bring urgently needed reform to an American Justice system that for many who live in the minority, poor and oppressed communities is totally broken.    
 
Please Note: We all feel-The people are not being served, period when,-The Jeff Sessions-Department of Justice sends a message-that as long as you wear a 
badge “you are above the law, ” We won’t investigate cops.  
The people are not being served-when- The current U.S. President tells a graduating crowd of police officers, not to be “too nice” to suspected gang members and others under arrest. 

“When you see thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in; rough. I said, ‘please don’t be too nice,”  according to Trump.

“The whole thing is not just about Alton … it’s about justice in all of our American community nationally and internally.” 
We call it final justice because we the people are tired now. After Tamir Rice, after John Crawford, after Eric Garner, we are tired now, and the only alternative must be for change-no other remedy will do!

 

Please Note: So we stand with a determination that sends one message-If you don’t give the people justice, then they will take it upon themselves and give themselves their own justice-if that begins to happen it would be more tragic for America, and with that no one wins. 

JUSTICE FOR ALTON STERLING!

Bishop Gregg L. Greer-President of Freedom First International (Alton Sterling Advocate) 

 

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Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International and it’s President have lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-Including Tamir Rice and the organization has worked and advocate with the Sterling Family and Justice for Alton Sterling (See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

Further Reference:

http://www.arklatexhomepage.com/news/local-news/alton-sterling-rally-planned-for-saturday/617398852

 https://freedomfirstinternational.net/2017/10/30/media-statement-freedom-first-international-pushing-louisiana-ag-for-charges-in-alton-sterlings-shooting/

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(For National Distribution-Sent March 27, 2018) 8:00am Central

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Contacts

Media Director Frederick Washington, (224) 678-0347 ext 7 Media or at One World Transatlantic Global Media, email oneworldtransglobal@gmail.com or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information.

Media Statement: Freedom First International Pushing Louisiana AG for charges in Alton Sterling’s shooting

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For Immediate Release: Statement on the Department of Justice refusal federal charges in Alton Sterling’s shooting

In the case of Alton Sterling our hearts go out to the family:

We are now at a time when we can’t depend on the US Government more specifically the Department of Justice-In communities around the country. To an unaware public  “Killer Cops” in many of these cases stay on the streets without prosecution. The people are not being served, period. The Jeff Sessions Department of Justice message is as long as you wear a badge “you are above the law”

In Baton Rouge people are shouting  “no justice, no peace,” We must continue to ignite and set off, an international dialog-Our goal is to remove any blockage standing in resistance to the prosecution of those who are responsible for Sterling’s death. “The whole thing is not just about Alton … it’s about justice in all of our community nationally and internally.” I call it final justice because we the people are tired now. After Tamir Rice, after John Crawford, after Eric Garner, we are tired now, and the only alternative must be for change.

So we stand with Sandra Sterling and the Sterling Family because final justice means the killings of young black men and women has to end.” No more!

The police officers involved in the shooting were Howie Lake II and Blane Salamoni. Lake had three years of law enforcement experience which included a previous shooting of an African American male. He was subsequently placed on a department-mandated leave; Salamoni had four years of experience. Salamoni and Lake had both been previously investigated and cleared by their department for allegedly having used excessive force. On world human rights day December 10, 2016 (video below)-Freedom First International stood with the family of Alton Sterling and said, we will not stop until justice is met. “Alton We love you and we will stand for Justice.”

So we now ask the Attorney General Of Louisiana Jeff Landry to pursue civil rights violations and appropriate charges on the officers who murdered Alton Sterling. Nothing else will suffice.

(Alton Sterling Quest for Justice Rally-December 10, 2017)

 

 

Further Reference:

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/5/2/1658286/-DOJ-refuses-federal-charges-in-Alton-Sterling-s-shooting-by-Baton-Rouge-police-officers?_=2017-05-02T16:10:12.671-07:00

 

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(For National Distribution-Sent October 30, 2017)

Media Statement: Freedom First International Honors: Sgt La David Johnson-National Hero

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As an organization-Freedom First International honors-A Fallen National Hero. We honor and salute all the men and women who have served our country, while at the same time building awareness of the life of Sgt. La David Johnson and his awesome commitment. We hope and pray God’s mercy to the needs of those who have fallen in service to our community. Johnson left for his second deployment to Africa on August 28th, 2017 David’s earthly life was given up. Please review the digital obituary except from http://www.fredhunters.com here: 

Ladavid was employed at Wal-Mart in the produce department. He would remove the front wheel of his bike and ride to and from work earning him the title of “Wheelie King”. He remained at Wal-Mart until he made the decision to further his career with the United States Military. He enlisted into the United States Army January 28, 2014 where his leadership abilities continued to shine as he excelled in his career.

Sgt Ladavid Johnson awards include: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Non commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Basic, Air Assault Badge, Combat and Specific Skills Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge, Driver and Mechanics Badge. Sgt Johnson left for his second deployment to Africa on August 28th, 2017. It would be here that God opened the windows of heaven and sent forth his angels to call his child home. His charismatic personality will always be remembered. 

 

Rest-in-peace

 

While we won’t give attention to the current US President Donald Trump and his allegations of insensitivity to the commitment of this young man. We will say that our community is well aware of issues the surround those who continually act outside of our interest. 

David left to cherish his life and legacy; wife: Myeshia Johnson; children: Ah’leeysa Jones, Ladavid Johnson Jr., and La’Shee Johnson; parents: Samara Johnson (Preceded him in death), Richard and Cowanda Johnson, Terrence (Teoka) McGriff; grandparents and a host of other family and friends 

If you like to sign his obituary reference here:

http://www.fredhunters.com/obituary/213255/Sgt-La-David-Johnson/

(Statement from Bishop Gregg L.Greer Founder of Freedom First International)

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So we stand with Johnson Family because final justice means the killings of young black men and women and those oppressed worldwide has to end.” No more lives! We must change or die!

Freedom First International Executive Team and President Gregg L. Greer

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(For National Distribution-Sent October 18, 2017)

Open Letter: Legal Notice-Cease and Desist to Jedidiah Brown and Alicia Nicole

Re: Statement Made by Jedidiah Brown and Alicia Nicole with regards to potential slander libel suit. 

Dear Mr.Jedidiah Brown and Ms.Alicia Nicole:

This correspondence is in connection with the above-referenced matter. The individual known as, Jedidiah Brown and Alicia Nicole and hereby warned and notified to CEASE AND DESIST with regards to personal statements made that may be slanderous by law. We expect total compliance with our request based on these ongoing matters.

Legal Definition:  malign, traduce, asperse, vilify, calumniate, defame, slander mean to injure by speaking ill of. malign suggests specific and often subtle misrepresentation but may not always imply deliberate lying. traduce stresses the resulting ignominy and distress to the victim. 

If we and our (legal counsel) are forced to commence a civil lawsuit against you herein as a result up to and including public sanction-that will include rewarding all legal fees. While I certainly hope this is not necessary, but we are prepared to pursue whatever legal avenues are necessary.

Lastly, use this letter as a final and formal notice that all rights, claims and associations to Bishop Gregg L. Greer, Freedom First International, and it’s executive team are completely and officially revoked, and you are put on this notice-This will be the first and Final notice. (Please refer any of these legal matter to the Freedom First Legal Team at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com)

Sincerely,

Bishop Gregg L.Greer-President of Freedom First International

CC:

Alicia Nicole

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Open Letter: Legal Notice-Cease and Desist to Jedidiah Brown

Re: Statement Made by Jedidiah Brown with regards to potential slander libel suit. 

Dear Mr.Jedidiah Brown:

This correspondence is in connection with the above-referenced matter. The individual known as, Jedidiah Brown is hereby warned and notified to CEASE AND DESIST with regards to personal statements made that may be slanderous by law. We expect total compliance with our request based on these ongoing matters. (See item #A1-as noted concern)

(Item A1-Statement made by text message that “allegedly claims of a Threat against Jedidiah Brown-made Wednesday 11, 2017 at 20:59)

Legal Definition:  malign, traduce, asperse, vilify, calumniate, defame, slander mean to injure by speaking ill of. malign suggests specific and often subtle misrepresentation but may not always imply deliberate lying. traduce stresses the resulting ignominy and distress to the victim. 

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If we and our (legal counsel) are forced to commence a civil lawsuit against you herein as a result up to and including public sanction-that will include rewarding all legal fees. While I certainly hope this is not necessary, but we are prepared to pursue whatever legal avenues are necessary.

Lastly, use this letter as a final and formal notice that all rights, claims and associations to Semaj Crosby, James Crosby, and Semaj Crosby and her Estate by you are completely and officially revoked, and you are put on this notice-This will be the first and Final notice. (Please refer any of these legal matter to the Freedom First Legal Team at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com)

Sincerely,

Bishop Gregg L.Greer-President of Freedom First International

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