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Benton Harbor has the most corrupt police department in the nation

Rev. Edward Pinkney

Rev. Edward Pinkney

By Rev. Edward Pinkney

Former police officer Andrew Collins planted drugs on more than 300 citizens of Benton Harbor, Mich. Presently, we no longer have Andrew Collins, but now have Wes Smigielski, who is known for his open practices of racism in Benton Harbor.

Three bodies have been found floating in the river, and we believe the police have something to do with these apparent murders. Benton Harbor citizens are constantly harassed by the police. Thus, when we speak of a police state, we are describing the horrible daily reality in Benton Harbor.

Friends and family of a Benton Harbor man found dead in the snow on Jan. 1, 2014, asked city commissioners, to help them find answers to how and why their son had died.

Nonetheless, without the bother of a persistent, thorough and open investigation, Benton Harbor city police said they do not believe foul play was involved in the death of 18-year-old Karrington Penny Morrow, who was found unresponsive in the front yard of 420 Empire Ave. His parents, Kimberly Penny Word and Robert Morrow, want someone to be held accountable for their son’s death. The family wants a thorough and independent investigation conducted in order to answer their questions.

Penny Word spoke to the Benton Harbor commissioners during the city Legislative Committee meeting on Jan. 15. Ms. Word told commissioners she believes there is more to her son’s death than what they’re being told by police. While Det. Smigielski continues to say there is no foul play involved in her husband’s death, Ms. Word says serious questions remain unanswered.

The parents provided the commissioners with evidence they believe demonstrates something else was going on and the Benton Harbor police department may be part of the cover-up.

Penny Word said persons who were with her son the night of his death indicated someone put something in her son’s drink and she wants that person held accountable. She added her son would have been in school in two weeks and was already enrolled in Lansing Community College.

The parents of the deceased 18-year old said they were told their son was drinking alcohol at a house in Fairplain, though he was underage; and the alcohol was furnished by an “adult” woman at the house. Penny Word asked, “If this adult served my child alcohol, and why can’t she be charged with murder or wrongful death? If this person would have been Black, she would be under the jail and charged with murder. Apparently somebody at her home slipped a (roofie) into my son Karrington’s drink.”

Ms. Word further said Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Septic told her if the woman is charged with anything, it be would be a “misdemeanor.”

Word said Det. Wes Smigielski’s relationship with the woman who served her child drinks is reason to cover up foul play. She accused Smigielski of being known for covering up crimes committed by white people against Blacks in Benton Harbor.

Smigielski said the case is “closed.” It is apparent he is trying to protect his white friends.

Deputy Chief Dan McGinnis said Karrington was identified by his wallet. However, the wallet was not found in his pocket.

This is yet another lie by our Benton Harbor Police Department. Deputy Chief McGinnis said Karrington’s father has asked the public safety department at least twice not to press charges against the adult woman who was serving drinks to a minor. However, Karrington’s father said he never said anything like that. This is another lie.

Benton Harbor has the worst police department in the nation. The city’s population is 94 percent Black and yet the police department is 95 percent white and does not support the community. As corruption rolls on in the city of Benton Harbor, we should be thinking about dissolving the Benton Harbor Police Department. Wes Smigielski is a lying hood!

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