“Lynched,” not “suicide”, says St. Louis activist Danye Jones’ mother

ST. LOUIS, MO – County police are claiming her son Danye Jones’ death is a suicide.  Activist Melissa McKinnies says the county’s cops are wasting their time.  Her son didn’t commit suicide.  He was lynched.  Investigating a suicide instead of a murder is letting the murderer’s trail go cold, she believes. 

McKinnies held a news conference on November 11, 2018 and posted two images of her dead son on Facebook to dramatize the urgency of her demand; and to motivate police and the public to treat the investigation accordingly.  There’s no way Danye Jones was “ready to leave his mother,” McKinnies said.

Danye Jones’ mother, Melissa McKinnies, erupted in anger after St. Louis County police decided to investigate her son’s death as a suicide instead of a murder.

Facebook deleted McKinnies’ picture of her son and the nation’s mainstream media is not sharing it.  EJBNEWS does not believe in editorial censorship and is sharing McKinnies’ deleted post and the bloody picture of her son.  McKinnies said she wants the world to know.

The photos are violently dramatic and reminiscent of the more than 5000 uninvestigated and unprosecuted lynchings, beatings, shootings and maiming of black men, women and children white terrorists engaged in between 1900 and 1948 before Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois filed a petition with the United Nations on December 9, 1948 charging the United States of American with “genocide” against black citizens of the nation.

We cite killings by police, killings by incited gangs, killings at night by masked men, killings always on the basis of “race,” killings by the Ku Klux Klan, that organization which is charted by the several states as a semi-official arm of government and even granted the tax exemptions of a benevolent society.

Our evidence concerns the thousands of Negroes who over the years have been beaten to death on chain gangs and in the back rooms of sheriff’s offices, in the cells of county jails, in precinct police stations  and on city streets, who have been framed and murdered by sham legal forms and by a legal bureaucracy.  It concerns those Negroes who have been killed, allegedly for failure to say “sir” or tip their hats or move aside quickly enough, or, more often, on trumped up charges of “rape,’” but in reality for trying to vote or otherwise demanding the legal and inalienable rights and privileges of United States citizenship formally guaranteed them by the Constitution of the United States, rights denied them on the basis of “race,” in violation of the Constitution of the United States, the United Nations Charter, and the Genocide Convention.

The investigation of a suicide instead of a murder is the type of diversionary tactics KKK-infiltrated and controlled police departments, coroners offices and prosecutors engaged in during the insidious period of U.S. history described in detail in “We Charge Genocide.”   None of the 5000 black deaths described in the civil rights document were investigated.

Danye Jones was found hanged by his mother in their back yard.

Jones is the third St. Louis activist found brutally murdered after protests of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of ex-Ferguson, Missouri cop Darren Wilson.

Darren Seals, 29, was shot in the head and his body was found burning in his car.

Deandre Joshua, 20,  was found shot in the head in  his car.  His body was also torched.

Edward Crawford, 27, according to police witnesses, shot himself in the head while seated in the back of a car with friends.

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.