Dover Delaware, 2012

On October 6, 2012 in Dover Delaware this blogger was confronted with claims of a lynching, an attempted lynching and a cover up that were not immediately credible ... Here is my weblog as I struggle to place in some kind of order all the information coming in since then. Although the topics in this blog have grown beyond the original case, still ongoing and unsolved to the minds of many, the focus is the same. Equal protection under the law.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Poking holes in stories.

  In October of 2012, Myself and two other activists petitioned the City Council of Dover Delaware to conduct an independent investigation into three events:

 The suicide of Johnny Clark, found hanging from a tree by his own belt in Silver Lake park on May 12 2012.

The assault of one Henry J. Fordham at Silver Lake Park on September 21 2012, allegedly by two European American males who confessed to killing Johnny Clark and who did vacate their apartment in Mr. Fordham's neighborhood the same day Fordham was assaulted.

A racist leaflet campaign in Downton Dover Delaware in December 2011.


This is a scanned image of a flyer that was found along Division Street, New Street, and Governor's Avenue in downtown Dover Delaware. The flyer also found it's way to Delaware State University where students marched and at least one arrest was made.

 Antonio Prado, reporter for the Dover Post filed this story on October 22, 2012.

  The hardest part of this story for me to believe was the report of Henry J. Fordham being assaulted and the police refusing to take a complaint or investigate. There is also a report of the Attorney General's office refusing to take a complaint of a hate crime.

  The police chief of Dover stated on WBOC news that Fordham changed his story more than once and that Mr. Fordham was well known to the police as a person involved with illegal narcotics. Apparently this is adequate reason to dismiss an criminal assault, quite possibly with a weapon.

According to Police, Fordham first said that he was abducted in a home invasion and police confirmed that no such event had taken place. According to Police Mr. Fordham next said that he was walking his dog and was abducted at gun point. Police 'poked holes' in that story when they learned that Mr. Fordham did not own a dog. Fair enough.

  Still, if nothing happened to Mr. Fordham why did the Dover Police Department contact Henry J. Fordham at Silver Lake Park in Dover at approximately 0600 hours on September 21 2012?

 Antonio Prado interviewed Dover Police Chief Holsted and then printed this:

 "City police also investigated the September incident alleged by Fordham, Hosfelt said. Police first contacted Fordham at 6 a.m. Sept. 21 because a resident reported he was in her backyard acting irrational."

Hosfelt admitted that Dover Police did not pursue the assault of Henry Fordham because they 'poked holes' in his story and on television (WBOC) Hosfelt stated that Fordham was known to Dover P.D. and involved with illegal narcotics. All of which is irrelevant.

   However, we now have a police story full of holes. Fordham's account of what led to the 911 call is at odds with the statement of Hosfelt to Dover Post. So on November 4 I tracked down the address the call originated from and interviewed a member of the household.

  Yelling, screaming, and sounds of a fight woke the caller and her husband. It was bad enough that she got out of bed and turned on her outside floodlight. That's when she saw Fordham in her yard falling to the ground and yelling for help. He was obviously injured. That's a far cry from "acting irrational(sic)".

Fordham 911 call recording confirms police chief Hosfelt is not telling the whole truth.

  If the police can disregard the account of Mr. Fordham because they 'poked holes' in his story, should not the public disregard the findings and pronouncements of Dover P.D. now that we have 'poked holes' in their story? 

 Either the Dover P.D. or the Attorney General need to get behind this yesterday. Either we have killers running loose or people fabricating a socially destabilizing narrative. A narrative taken as truth in the community where Johnny Clark and Henry Fordham lived.



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