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Attorney seeks Justice Department probe of racial message painted on Jacksonville barn

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 4:20 PM

click to enlarge CALLING FOR INVESTIGATION: News conference today at Kevyn Fowler's home. - KARK
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  • CALLING FOR INVESTIGATION: News conference today at Kevyn Fowler's home.

An attorney for Kevyn Fowler said today that he'd written Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking for a Justice Department investigation of racially motivated harassment of Fowler at his Jacksonville home.

Fowler has said that in the last six months his English bulldog was poisoned, his truck was stolen and his barn was destroyed by arson. "Move niggers" was painted on the outside of the building.

Attorney Ben Crump of Tallahassee appeared with Fowler at a news conference today.  He released his letter to Sessions, which said Fowler was an Iraq war veteran who'd had insult added to injury when the city of Jacksonville demanded that Fowler remove the structure before the crime had been investigated properly. He said Fowler fears for his safety and the community is struggling to under "this sick act of racism." He said nothing less than a "full and fair" investigation would do.

Said Crump in a release:

The city is threatening Fowler a daily fine for continuing to have the “eyesore” on his property.

Fowler lives with his mother on the property and is concerned for his family’s safety in a neighborhood that seems not to care about him, his property, or his safety. Insisting that he will not pay the fines, Fowler has enlisted the services of Crump to fight back against the city. The city has already closed its investigation of the burning, trying to sweep the incident under the rug.


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