Family Seeks Justice For Jonathan


On July 17th of 2014, Eric Garner uttered his tragic last words “I Can’t Breathe”, New York police officers choked him to death. Nearly one year to the day, tragedy strikes again in the case of Jonathan Sanders, a 39 year old father of two and avid horse trainer. Police officer Kevin Herrington in Stonewall, MS choked Sanders to death. According to eyewitness accounts of the events, much like Garner, Jonathan’s last words were “I Can’t Breathe! I Can’t Breathe!” According to eyewitnesses that saw the incident from start to tragic finish, The officer administered the chokehold without provocation or resistance from Sanders.

Under the dark cloud of a looming history of civil rights struggle, systematic injustice and on-going discourse surrounding the confederate battle flag that flies outside the state’s Capitol, the all too familiar phenomenon of unarmed blacks killed extrajudicially by a police officer is especially poignant particularly in a town so entrenched in confederate history that its namesake is that of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson.

Attorneys Chokwe Antar Lumumba and C.J. Lawrence of Lumumba and Associates represent the Sanders family. Human Rights Activist and the late Mayor of Jackson, MS, Chokwe Lumumba late Mayor of Jackson, MS founded Lumumba and Associates.

The preliminary autopsy in the death of Jonathan Sanders determined that the cause of death was manual asphyxiation. Eyewitnesses report having seen Officer Kevin Herrington choking Jonathan Sanders continuously for over 20 minutes. The preliminary autopsy report determined that the manner of death was homicide. The community and the attorneys for Jonathan Sanders assert that these facts sufficient to establish probable cause to indict Officer Herrington.

On Saturday July 18 at 11:00 a.m., Jonathan Sanders, a man fondly remembered by his community members, will be laid to rest at the Family Life Center Church in Quitman, MS. Jonathan is survived by his mother Ms. Frances Sanders; two young children; and his sister Nicole. On Sunday July 19, there will be a press conference, memorial and rally for justice at 5:00 p.m. in Stonewall, MS. A network of activists from around the country have been in communication regarding the events surrounding the death of Jonathan Sanders and are prepared to move forward in pursuit of justice for which the Sanders Family now please.