For Immediate Release: Semaj Crosby Case Update from Freedom First International

As many of you already know Semaj Crosby’s murder has not resulted in arrests, although police say the investigation is still open. Tragically, We at Freedom First International have worked on the ground both locally and nationally as we have prayed for resolve and justice. For purposes of transparency we now want to present certain key facts to the public: 
For the record-Freedom First International worked with local groups to help strengthen their narrative and advocacy while doing positive work again, to bring to justice those responsible for taking Semaj Crosby’s life.
As a result of on the ground advocacy work, Freedom First International was able to use certain proxy to forge the release of the Will County Coroners report on the ground as we directly pushed to bring “Justice to Semaj” –The cause of death for Semaj Crosby,had been released which was ruled “Asphyxia,” and her death has now been declared a homicide by the Will County Coroner’s office.
We were later asked to work with the father of Semaj and we at Freedom First International then helped to develop some remembrance of an “Estate” for Semaj all in the name of balancing justice as well as restoration-those things we did comply. At that point we form Semaj Crosby Coalition for Justice-we believed our effort would help fuel the fight again, to bring justice to Semaj in no uncertain terms.
Freedom First International along with committed community members on the ground, decided to work aggressively to focus pressure on those responsible for the death of Semaj as well as keep the community informed, which we did successfully for a period of several weeks though On the ground actions   
Which leads us to present-at this time we have to say that we have watched over the course of the past year and reviewed on the ground efforts and allowed the Will County Sheriff to do their job as an investigatory unit, above and beyond certain missteps they (Sheriff) made which we believe has resulted in prolonging this case.  

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Certain Community members also caused confusion by bring innuendo which has lead to a flurry of misinformation as well as public confusion. (More facts to be released at a later date)
Advocacy groups on the ground raised money for funeral purposes and advocacy for Semaj and after we conducted research it shows that those funds we either mismanaged, misused or moreover fraudulently taken. We would point to members of the Justice for Semaj Action Team which we noted-had collected various funds from the public and openly distrusted those funds without ledger in addition to using those funds personally- which begin in April 2017 to date. Also we must note the current Will County indictment by the Team Leader of the Justice for Semaj Action Team for a similar but unrelated crime. Upon discovery of those facts we have decided to refer an official investigation by the appropriate State Law Enforcement Office for follow up.
Which leads us to present-at this time we have to say that we have watched over the course of the past year and reviewed the ground effort and allowed the Will County Sheriff to do their job as an investigatory unit, above and beyond certain missteps which we believe have resulted in long-term prolongation of this case.


We maintain that we stand behind any and all efforts for justice when orderly and organized.  “justice” up to and including ensuring suspects in this case be interviewed by local investigators. 
But at this point our direction is to take appropriate actions that are within our scope of  authority to bring closure to this case and prosecute those people who hurt Semaj Crosby.  
  • As an organization we will now call for an independent investigation of not only DCFS but the Will County Sheriff’s response or lack thereof in the case of Semaj and we strongly believe that local agencies have failed in their responsibility to protect children more specifically Semaj Crosby. 
  • We maintain that we stand behind any and all efforts for justice when orderly and organized.  “justice” up to and including ensuring suspects in this case be interviewed by local investigators. 
  •  With that in mind we now will ask for no more 60 days for Will County Officials to react. We will ask for 60 days this date to convene a grand jury for review this case. 
  • After 60 days we are prepared to bring this case in remedy using national and international partners to further expose any and all road blocks that prevented Semaj from receiving justice. 
We firmly believe that any group of citizens – empowered by law to conduct legal proceedings and investigate potential criminal conduct when presented with facts will move for prosecution specifically in Semaj. 
Again, at this point our direction is to take appropriate actions that are within our scope of  authority to bring closure to this case and prosecute those people who hurt Baby Semaj Crosby.  

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(For National Distribution-Sent April 30, 2019) 5:00 p.m. 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 



Lisa Madigan 

Patricia A. McConnell 

James W.Glasgow

Sheriff Mike Kelly



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

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Freedom First International Media Statement to advocacy, media, community. RE: Semaj Crosby



Today,  we have entered into a new stage of our Advocacy with the fight “Justice for Baby Semaj Crosby.” The Semaj Crosby Coalition for Justice (on facebook) has now been formed-soon, we expect to began having actions and public education events on the ground.

The message from the concerned Family of baby Semaj:

For the Crosby’s- It is physically and emotionally draining to be called upon to prove that systems exist-that are working against us. For many, family, advocacy, and community- just struggling to keep this child’s name clear as we fight for “justice” is a task within it’s self. So we now say enough is enough. Now we must ask everyone to break clear of  innuendo as we want Justice and to move forward as much as any “grieving” family can who losses a loved one. 

Freedom First International has laid out the following bullet points:

  1. The Father of Semaj Crosby is fighting for Justice for his daughter! James Crosby now has support of family, and community who also want to see justice to move on with their lives. 
  2. No one should be speaking officially for the family except those authorized by the family-in an effort to stay clear of confusion with a very complex and very difficult situation.  
  3. Many People in the community who want to help can do so by simply supporting by joining groups who are progressive. 
  4. God Mother (Parents) is not an authorized representative of the Crosby Family or Estate of Semaj Crosby. We would ask out of respect for Baby Semaj Crosby-that no Media, Social Justice Organizations, and Community members give a forum to God Mother or any unauthorized representative of the Estate of Semaj Crosby. (This request is also being made for obvious legal reasons)

Can anyone fully explain why they would think that they are at an unfair disadvantage when in reality it’s not about them-the public must know the truth. Imagine watching a countess flurry of homemade “You Tude” video’s where a young seemingly “misguided” woman with an “alleged” but rather dubious and checkered history-claims to be representing the family, and also the Estate of Semaj Crosby. Many in the community believe-This verbal contest has constructed for “personal gain.” Unfortunately, We are forced day by day to engage with the idea that there are none (but you) actually advocating for Semaj-when the truth is the family loved this baby in “life” that love continues in the “afterlife.” The community has been truly mislead and some are now smearing the family. If that were not enough- it is also widely believed that this person has compromised much of the investigation of the death of Baby Semaj-a fact which local authorities fully agree.

It is incredibly painful to have to advocate for this child and address those who wish to continue on a downward path of confusion. None of the Confusion is needed or warranted.

Going forward our Prayer is that in the short turn Semaj Crosby will have her “Justice.” We hope that the light and love that she gave will help brighten dark paths for other children and those who are in need. This must and will be legacy of Semaj Crosby!

Best, Regards-Caring Community, Family and Advocacy for Semaj Crosby! 


SCCJ Please address all questions comments or concerns to the media team at Freedom First INternational at or




Open Letter: Legal Notice-Cease and Desist to advocacy group known as the “FREEDOM FIGHTERS” and Jedidiah Brown

Re: Usage of Image and Likeness of Image of Semaj Crosby by Group known as the Freedom Fighters 

Dear Mr.Brown and Freedom Fighters:

This correspondence is in connection with the above-referenced matter. The group known as Freedom Fighters, is hereby warned and notified to CEASE AND DESIST using the likeness and image of  Semaj Crosby, as requested by the Estate of Semaj Crosby. All claims images and likeness must be released within 24 hours of this notice-We expect total compliance with our request based on these ongoing matters.

If we (legal counsel) are forced to commence a civil lawsuit against Freedom Fighters 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, 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 and her Estate by you are completely illegal have been officially revoked, and you are put on this notice-This means that you may not use them in any way or means. (Please refer any of these legal matter to the Freedom First Legal Team at


Bishop Gregg L.Greer-President of Freedom First International


Sheena M. James

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Freedom First International. Open Letter to Will County Officials asking for “Justice” in the Death of Semaj Crosby



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Media Statement: Open Letter to Will County Officials asking for “Justice” in the Death of Semaj Crosby

    (For Immediate Release-Statement from the Freedom First International President)


Dear Attorney James Glasgow and Officials, 

We are deeply troubled by recent events involving 16 month-old Joliet Township resident-Semaj Crosby. As you very well know, Semaj Crosby, died on Sunday April 27, 2017- After 30 hours of searching for this child’s lifeless body, which tragically was found inside of a couch in the same Joliet Township residence which she lived. 

Respectfully Certain members of Semaj Crosby’s family, advocates and concerned residents of the city (township), as well as concerned people both in Illinois and nationally deserve to know what happened to this child. Simply put, we need answers and updates.  According to last known public facts, The coroner just yesterday determined, that the final cause and manner of the girl’s death is a  homicide, and for us. this is disturbing to say the least.

Please correct us on any facts that may show error but a recent Sheriff’s Office Freedom of Information Act release did disclose that officers came to Semaj’s Joliet Township house 59 times between February 2016 and April 2017. Forty of those calls were for probation checks. Also, according to records two of those calls were for “welfare checks,” one of them in October 2016 and one on March 4, 2017, records show. The concern here is with multiple agencies regularly coming into the residence-It is believed, more could have been done by ways of early intervention, subjectively this child’s life may have been saved.

While we support and uphold the efforts of local authorities to investigate, and support the ongoing review into the murder of this child, we respectfully request that a continued “Independent,” federal criminal civil rights investigation into the death of Semaj Crosby, must proceed. 

While-the vast majority of police officers serve and protect their communities, incidents like this if not handled properly degrade the trust necessary to maintain the relationship between law enforcement and communities. We urge you folks to swiftly conduct all necessary investigations and update the public accordingly. Still, what’s missing is the ongoing update of limited facts to restore the public confidence, which at this point according to a growing number of citizens, feel is beginning to diminish. 

For the record my organization has worked on a national level with human rights and civil rights cases including Tamir Rice (Cleveland, OH) and George Stinney (Manning, SC), and we are committed to supporting advocacy on the ground, and more so the goal of finding “Justice for Semaj Crosby.”

Lastly, “While we are aware of recent limited statements regarding the local investigation interference into this matter,-we also believe the outrageous nature of this death should prompt (an) immediate and thorough investigation  as well as regular community updates.”  Public accountability has to occur regardless of any community emotions that exist.  “We cannot imagine a scenario facing the City of Joliet (Joliet Township)  and Will County which more obviously demands accountability and justice.”

It is our goal to bring further attention to this case with a serious progressive national push in the coming days.

Bishop Gregg L Greer
President, Freedom First International (Executive Team)


Joliet City Mayor

Joliet County Supervisor

Joliet County Trustees 

Joliet Prosecutor 

Will County Deputy Coroner 

Freedom First International Executive Team

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(For National Distribution-Sent September 13, 2017)