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Post by Breezey Breezey on Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:40 am

Anyone know anything about that name and what went down so long ago?

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Post by Ja'aj on Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:57 am

Ididn't know anything about her/it... so I Googled her.
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29. The Tawana Brawley Hoax


Copyright 2000 Jason
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Tawana Brawley


On
November 28, 1987 Joyce Lloray happened to look out of her apartment's
sliding glass door in time to see a black girl climb into a big green
plastic garbage bag and then lay still on the cold, muddy ground. Mrs.
Lloray called the Duchess County Sheriff's Department, setting into
motion a chain of bizarre and tragic events that made the quiet little
town of Wappingers Falls, New York -- population 5,000 -- the focus of
national attention.

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The
girl in the trash bag on the grounds of the Pavillion Condominiums was
15-year-old Tawana Brawley. Four days earlier she had played hooky from
school in order to visit a former boyfriend, Todd Buxton, who was
incarcerated at the Orange County Jail in nearby Newburgh. That evening
Tawana took a bus to the town of Wappingers, where she had lived with
her mother in Apartment 19A at the Pavillion Condominiums prior to their
moving to Wappingers Falls. According to Tawana, she was abducted by
several white men shortly after she got off the bus; the men, one
of whom wore a badge, took her to a wooded area and sexually abused her
over a period of several days.

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When
police and paramedics arrived at the Pavillion Condominiums in response
to Joyce Lloray's call, they found Tawana's clothes torn, cut and
partially burned. Her body and clothing were smeared with feces, and on
her chest and torso the words "KKK," "NIGGER" and "BITCH" had been
written with what appeared to be charcoal. Since it seemed that
Tawana's civil rights had been violated, the FBI was called in. A rape
kit was administered at St. Francis Hospital and sent under seal to an
FBI lab for analysis. Interviewed at the hospital by a black officer
from the Poughkeepsie Police Department, Tawana claimed she had been
repeatedly raped by a group of white men but could provide no names or
descriptions of her assailants. She later told others that there had
been no rape, only other kinds of sexual abuse. Forensic tests found no
evidence that a sexual assault of any kind had occurred. Nor was there
any evidence of exposure to elements, which would be expected in a
victim held for several days in the woods at a time when the temperature
dropped below freezing at night.

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were other discrepancies in Tawana's story. She was seen entering the
empty apartment at Pavillion where she had once lived on the morning
after the alleged abduction. Other witnesses claimed to have seen her
at parties in a nearby town during the period when she was "missing."
She had no bruises, contusions, scratches or other injuries except for a
small bruise behind the left ear, which was determined to be several
days old. Her mother, Glenda Brawley, was spotted at the apartment
complex shortly before Tawana was seen getting into the garbage bag;
the mother waited until that same afternoon to report Tawana's
"disappearance" to the police. The investigation turned up evidence to
indicate that the damage done to Tawana's clothing had occurred in the
apartment. According to the grand jury report, all of "the items and
instrumentalities necessary to create the condition in which Tawana
Brawley appeared on Saturday, November 28, were present inside of or in
the immediate vicinity of Apartment 19A." The feces had come from a
neighbor's dog.

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Tawana Brawley case was quickly seized upon by a trio of black
activists who viewed it as a means by which to demonstrate that the
police and judicial system were racist and corrupt. Attorney Alton H.
Maddox had been beaten by a white mob as a teenager in Newnan, Georgia;
confrontational and virulently anti-white, Maddox seemed at times less
interested in justice than in the potential for conflict that high
profile cases like Tawana Brawley's provided. C. Vernon Mason, another
New York attorney, also used cases to drum up publicity and address
wider issues. Al Sharpton was a flamboyant Pentecostal preacher who
spent $2,000 a year for hair care at Brooklyn's Prima Donna Beauty Salon;
his hunger for celebrity caused some to question both his motives and
methods. Maddox, Mason and Sharpton had joined forces before, in the
Howard Beach case a year earlier. Several black men had been accosted
by a white mob and one of them, Michael Griffith, was chased out onto a
highway where he was struck by a vehicle and killed. In previous cases,
Maddox and Mason had used the tactic of non-cooperation, refusing to
let their clients testify in an effort to facilitate a "miscarriage of
justice" in which the perpetrator(s) would get off. In this way they
could heighten the outrage of the black community and claim the result
proved that the judicial system discriminated against blacks.

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trio muzzled Tawana Brawley and claimed everyone from the local police
to New York Governor Mario Cuomo was engaged in a cover-up. The Brawley
camp eventually accused Harry Crist, Jr., a part-time police officer,
after Crist committed suicide on December 2, and Steven A. Pagones, a
Duchess County district attorney, of participating in the alleged
abduction and rape. Further investigation revealed that Crist had
killed himself for reasons unconnected with the Brawley case, while
Pagones' testimony convinced the Poughkeepsie grand jury that he was not
involved in any wrongdoing. Undeterred, Maddox, Mason and Sharpton
staged numerous media events, from news conferences and rallies to
appearances on television shows like Phil Donahue and The
Morton Downey, Jr. Show
to keep national attention focused on the
case.

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As
time went on, the public grew increasingly skeptical of Tawana
Brawley's charges and the ill-advised tactics of her handlers. When
Tawana's mother was subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury and
failed to do so, a warrant for her arrest was issued; Maddox,
Mason and Sharpton took her to the Ebenezer Baptist Church in New York
City and organized a rally, hoping (in vain) that the authorities would
force their way into the church and seize her. Two of Sharpton's
associates quit, claiming the reverend had known all along that the case
was a hoax. Other black leaders criticized Brawley's advisers -- Ray
Innes of the Congress of Racial Equality and attorney Conrad Lynn among
them. They feared the hoax and the antics of publicity hounds like
Sharpton would prove detrimental to the cause of racial equality.

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After
seven months of examining police and medical records and listening to
the testimony of over one hundred witnesses, the grand jury determined
that Tawana's charges were false and that her condition when found had
been self-inflicted. The question remained: Why had she lied?
One hypothesis was that since Tawana had already been grounded on the
day she skipped school to visit her ex-boyfriend, she had made up the
story of her abduction in order to avoid further punishment.




The Aftermath
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The Brawley case resurfaced a
decade later when Steven Pagones filed a defamation suit against
Maddox, Mason and Sharpton; he had already won a default judgment
against Tawana in 1991. By 1997, Tawana had moved to Washington and
changed her name to Maryam Muhammad. She returned to New York to speak
before a rally at Brooklyn's Bethany Baptist Church in support of her
advisers, insisting that she had told the truth about the abduction.
The court found otherwise. Her advisers were ordered to pay Pagones
$345,000 while Tawana had to pay $185,000. "Tawana Brawley appears
caught up in her own fiction," said New York State Supreme Court Justice
S. Barrett Hickman. Unfortunately, the rest of the country had to be
caught up in it, too.





REFERENCES


Newsweek, 14 March
1988, 10 October 1988



Time, 28 March 1988,
20 June 1988, 4 July 1988



"Tawana Brawley Sticks to
Story"

Associated Press, 3 December
1997



"Sharpton Remains Feisty in
Face of Pointed Questioning"

Michael Hill, Associated
Press, 10 February 1998



"Woman Hit With Damages in
Suit"

Associated Press, 10 October
1998



Outrage: The Story Behind
the Tawana Brawley Hoax

Robert D. McFadden et al (New
York: Bantam Books, 1990)



Report of the Grand Jury
Concerning the Tawana Brawley Investigation

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I can't say I'm pleased to learn any of it... and it has only
confirmed what I've always felt about Sharpton .
WHY in the hell ! would someone - ANYONE - do something like that?
Talk about ill-conceived.
Why do you ask about it?
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Post by Breezey Breezey on Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:20 am

Wow... for some reason, this one slipped away and I am just now reading it all...

I can't even remember why I asked.

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