Jay-Z’s Roc Group Raises $ 1 Million to Investigate False Beliefs in Kansas
Jay-Z definitely go the extra mile to help those in need. According to reports, Jay-Z’s Team Roc recently raised $ 1 million in donations to investigate wrongful convictions in Wyandotte County, which is located in Kansas. Team Roc the organization of social justice included Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. Wyandotte County is reportedly responsible for several serious injustices, including the wrongful conviction of Lamonte McIntyre and Olin “Pete” Coones Jr.
Lamonte McIntyre was jailed for 23 years for two murders he did not commit in Kansas City, Kansas. Olin “Pete” Coones Jr. was sentenced to 12 years in prison and pardoned for murder in a Wyandotte County. Sadly, he died from undiagnosed cancer about three months after his release. So far, approximately 40 people convicted in Wyandotte County have applied for the project without guilt to have their cases investigated.
The executive director of the Midwest Innocence Project, Tricia Rojo Bushnell, spoke about the importance of the case and what is happening in Wyandotte County. As he said,
“It’s a huge investment.”
“The ability to look at these cases… will continue to shed some light on what we need to do to truly provide a fair criminal legal system in Wyandotte County.”
As previously reported, last September Team Roc filed a lawsuit against the Kansas City police department for alleged misconduct. As for the suit, Team Roc seeks access to documents clarifying complaints filed against individuals in the department’s investigation unit. The organization also requests documents connected with the training and management of officers. The lawsuit alleges that KCKPD said it would provide a number of documents but had,
“Refuses to produce documents relating to any steps taken by the City in response to the Complaints, including any investigation or disciplinary process initiated as a result of the complaints.”
The complaint adds,
“The documents will help identify the scope of the problem, any potential evidence of a cover-up, as well as potential causes.”
The organization reported the ongoing case on social media as well.
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