ATLANTA - In Pelham, Georgia in early 2011, the Pelham police brutally
tortured and murdered 17-year-old African, Fabian Avery III, by forcing
him into solitary confinement and ignoring his pleas for medical
assistance as his appendicitis symptoms worsened to the point of death.
On February 15, 2011 when the young brother was initially transferred
to Pelham County Jail from Atlanta's overcrowded Fulton County Jail,
Avery's complaints that he needed medical attention went unheeded. The
jailers claimed that Avery didn't ask for medical help until February
24. But instead of medical care he was thrown in “the hole” (solitary
The institution used as an excuse for throwing Avery in the hole, the
fact that he had soiled himself. They claimed that he was pretending
illness. However, it was the deteriorating state of his appendix, which
had developed to acute appendicitis that was the cause of Avery soiling
The fact is that Avery was never afforded life sustaining medical care by the Pelham County Jail.
From solitary confinement where his painful screams could not be heard,
on March 18, 2011, this 17-year-old African finally succumbed to a
tortured death due to acute appendicitis.
His body was found on a mattress in the isolated cell, SHRIVELED DOWN FROM 153 POUNDS UPON ARREST TO 108 POUNDS AT DEATH!
Avery had been suffering from nausea, stomach pains, vomiting and lower back pains and was still denied medical care.
There are tens of thousands of Fabian Averys locked down in U.S. prisons and jails without access to medical care.
This is true despite U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama's claims that
he has brought into existence a law that provides health care for all.
But Obama refuses to say anything on the question of mass incarceration
of young Africans, especially young African men.
It is the Wall Street prison industry that has built the thousands of
private prisons in this country that the different county jails provide
with a steady flow of roomers. And not only are the prisons a
multi-billion dollar Wall Street industry, they also provide livelihood
and subsidize hundreds of rural white communities throughout the U.S.
County jails like those in Texas even transfer prisoners across state
lines to Oklahoma, Arizona, Louisiana, etc., to fill whatever vacancies
there are. These were some of the African workers that British Petroleum
(BP) used in the sham oil spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico in 2011.
That is the industry that Fabian Avery was caught up in. He never stood a
On August 9, 2012, Fabian Avery's mother, Sandrini Scott, filed a
lawsuit against the City of Pelham and the city's police department in
U.S. Federal court claiming wrongful death and civil rights violations,
and naming Police Chief Nealie McCormick, city manager Doug Westberry,
the jail's nurse and doctor, and four correctional officers as
This was murder, a clear act of colonial violence by the State against
an African youth, not unlike the colonial violence faced by Africans
throughout the United States in which over half of the 2.5 million
prison population are African people.
The murder of Fabian Avery, found dead on his mattress in an isolated
cell, is reminiscent of the murder of Oury Jalloh, an African imprisoned
in Germany who was chained to his mattress by German cops and burned to
death in 2005.
From Germany to Georgia, the conditions faced by African people are the
same. Africans around the world face the same conditions of colonial
violence, police terror and murder, mass incarceration, and the denial
of basic human rights such as quality healthcare.
The hands that chained Oury Jalloh to his bed and burned him alive were
the same hands that locked Fabian Avery into solitary confinement and
forced him to shrivel and die. These were the hands of white power at
work to choke the life out of African people in order to maintain the
system of parasitic capitalism that was born from and is sustained by
the oppression and exploitation of African people dispersed throughout
the world, and other oppressed and colonized peoples.
But, there is the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement
(InPDUM) that exists in Europe, in Africa, and the United States and is
fighting for Africans everywhere. InPDUM believes that Africans have a
right and a duty to resist oppression and tyranny. InPDUM believes that
reparations are due the families of Fabian Avery and Oury Jalloh. Join
the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement. REPARATIONS NOW!
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