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20 Year-Old Black Man Gets 162 Years: Legal Lynchings Of African Americans; Where is the Justice?

By Ms. Chico C. Norwood

While surfing the Internet the other day I came across an interesting article out of Miami. The article was about  Quartavious Davis, a 20 year-old African American male who was convicted of “participating in a string of armed robberies in the Miami area in 2010” when he was 18 years-old.

According to the article, Davis was made the fall guy in these robberies.  Although he was not identified as the ring leader, his five accomplices in these crimes made deals with the prosecution. His accomplices “testified against him, saying he carried a gun” during their seven armed robberies at fast-food restaurants, a Walgreens pharmacy and other commercial establishments in the Miami area, and “discharged it at a dog that chased them after one of their burglaries. But Davis was not convicted of hurting anyone physically, including the dog.”

What floored me when I read this article was the sentence he received—1,941 months – almost 162 years – in prison without the possibility of parole. He did not shoot or kill the dog and he did not shoot or kill a human being, so why is he now sitting in the Federal Detention Center in Miami for the rest of his life? He was not the ringleader and the witness, who one of Davis’s accomplices testified that Davis got into an OK Corral style shootout with outside of a Wendy’s, could not positively identify Davis as the person firing the gun.  So, why has this young black man’s life been cut short with such an egregious sentence and why hasn’t someone like Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton stepped forward to help right this wrong?

It’s apparent that Florida is not an African American friendly state, especially as it relates to the justice system.  It seems in Florida African Americans get the shortest end of the stick when it comes to the law. Justitia, aka Lady Justice, is really blind.  Or should I say legal lynchings of African Americans are alive and well in Florida and across America.

Let’s take the case of Marissa Alexander. The 31 year-old African-American mother of three was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a pistol twice into the air while trying to ward off an attack by her abusive husband who, reportedly, was trying to kill her. She was convicted of aggravated assault, which is a felony, and given the mandatory sentence for anyone who fires a gun in commission of a felony. In her defense, her attorneys tried to employ the “stand your ground law,” the same law that George Zimmerman has been allowed to hide behind in his shooting, or should I say killing, of Trayvon Martin. But the district attorney said since Alexander left during the argument, went outside into her garage got a gun and returned to confront her abuser, who by the way had been arrested before for domestic violence, that the “stand your ground law” did not apply. The prosecutor argued that Alexander acted in anger and the judge agreed.

How is what George Zimmerman did any different than what Alexander did?  Zimmerman was instructed to stay in his car until police arrived.  However, he chose to ignore those instructions, got out of his car, stalked, accosted, shot and killed someone.  In basketball terms, he initiated the contact. On the other hand Alexander gets the book thrown at her for refusing to take an “ass beating.”  Heaven forbid she had shot and killed the abuser in self defense. She would probably be on death row now.

Where is the justice for Marissa Alexander and Quartavious Davis? Where is the United States Justice Department and why is it silent on these matters?  Oh, I forgot, the Republicans in Congress are trying to legally lynch another black man—the United States Attorney General Eric Holder, director of the United States Justice Department.

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27 Responses to 20 Year-Old Black Man Gets 162 Years: Legal Lynchings Of African Americans; Where is the Justice?

  1. Keith Reply

    July 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton? what about the president of the united states. i would imagine being one of the supposed most powerful men on earth, he could do something about it. i dont see him doing anything nor anyone demanding he do anything.

    • BigWill Reply

      July 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      HIV is synthetic. It has been developed over a number of years and it has an affinity for people of color. What the science and medical evidence concludes is that the HIV enzyme seeks out a receptor site in the blood of the Black genome. The receptor site is the CCR5 Delta 32+ (positive) gene that all people of color have. In the same sense, on the other end of the spectrum, is the 15 percent Caucasian population of the world, which is CCR5 Delta 32-(negative) gene. That means that under no circumstances, whether HIV came through the air, intravenous drug usage or any form of sexual activity, would the virus be transferable in Caucasian sector of the world’s population, which is basically of northern European descent.

      It is speculated by some experts that, in a worse case scenario, 85 percent of the world’s population could potentially perish under these designer viruses and designer synthetic biological agents. What we’re looking at here—because of this identified gene of the Black genome, this CCR5 Delta32+ (positive)—we are potentially looking at the eradication of all people of color.The bible states “My people perish for lack of knowledge. The true devil doesn’t wear red tights, a cape with horns protruding from his forehead instead, the devil incarnate are diabolical Caucasian scientist (men and women) in white lab coats.

      • Yvonne Reply

        November 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

        Brother BigWill you are correct in your assertions. BUT there is no virus. Its just a test with an affinity for picking out non-whites and singling them out for death by toxic ARV after they get a fake HIV diagnosis. For full details please read Harvard educated Nancy Turner Banks’ AIDS Opium Diamonds and Empire spots anomaly in her OBGYN practice. Also see

    • Gcole Reply

      July 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Keith, gimme a break……I live in Miami, apparently you don’t….seven armed robberies, what the hell.

  2. Simon Trabelsi Reply

    July 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I dont think it would be a good idea for the prez to get involved. he can’t address every egregious sentence that is passed. and Jesse Jackson or Al sharpton? i see what you mean, but i’m thinking we’re waaaaaaay overdue for other black leaders at this point. we can’t keep looking to people who were the champions for justice 30 years ago, at some point WE have to step up. either way, this sentence, marissa alexander’s, and george zimmerman’s situation are all some real bullshyte. i just don’t understand how any florida official could actually stand with a straight face and say there’s not a discrepancy in sentencing for blacks. i’m disgusted

  3. kayla green Reply

    July 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Ms. Norwood I totally agree with this article. This has to stop! Rapper Plies has a song called ’100 Years’ that I think you should also reference. It’s a perfect compliment to your article.


    July 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I so totally agree. How come no other big time civil rights activist or better yet just our people in general speaking out about the injustice of pur people. No I’m not justifying that robbery is right or robbing in this matter, but come o. 162 years WTF! REALLY 162 years. I don’t understand. No state is an African American state that will give equal justice to our people. Look a try Zimmerman. This B.A. MURDERED TRAYVON. He stood his ground, but thre young lady who was defending herself didnt? Some damn justice. I know black people do not have the time anymore to fight for what’s right because some of them can be heard saying I can’t take off of work or it’s not my business. My during the civil rights movement it was everybody’s business. My people it’s time to end this MODERN DAY SLAVERY. THEY CANNOT CONTINUE TO KILL OUT YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN AND GIVE THEM CRAZY TIME FOR CRIMES. People answer me this. Hoe come a brother who is dealing I. Drugs weapons robbery or what have you may get damn near if not 25 to life but you can let a rapist and child molester out in less than 5 years and give them a damn job workinformation around children. What kind of mess is that. Also still letting George Zimmerman chill. Ha! The damn GOVERNMENT never seems to amaze me. Thanks for listening.


    July 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Forgive some misspelled words I was rushing.

  6. DIABLO Reply

    July 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    i use to live in florida iam a convited felon for 2 5 dollar bags of weed i was treated like a i kill some one i hate florida

  7. Tracey M Reply

    July 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    People, the President is the President of the UNITED STATES, not the President of Black America. Stop thinking he’s supposed to address every single crime against or by blacks. Do you see that happen or expect it to happen with every other President when white folks are involved? NO. Stop thinking that because he’s black, he’s supposed to fix our social and community issues. His way of reaching out to the people who need it is by trying to offer health care, trying to create jobs and things that are global. He can’t fix neighborhoods individually. But, if we residents band together and show solidarity, maybe WE can. We need community leaders who give a damn and are not afraid to go against the grain and stand up for the people in spite of how the money is disbursed. What kind of Attorney allowed that young man and that young woman to be sentenced that way? Why were these stories not reported on 20/20, 60 Minutes, etc. Maybe the author of this story can forward this story to television via CBS or NBC and get this information out to the public which, in turn, may lead to legal assistance that could overturn these sentences. There must be some way to stop this madness from happening. To read a story like this and not be moved to act is just wrong. Obama doesn’t read this…we do. Now what?

  8. Kim Reply

    July 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Jesse,? Al Sharpton???LOL They ain’t helpin nobody unless thousands is paid for them to rescue anybody! Somebody with power need to help this brotha this AIN’T RIGHT!!!!

  9. eric Reply

    July 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Marissa Alexander and Quartavious Davis my name is eric and i am so,so, so sorry for what these white people are doing to you. My brother Quartavious, you was wrong man, i have to admit, but not enough to be doing no 162 years.. Marissa you did nothing wrong,and yeah i repeat nothing wrong..If you were a white woman married to a black man, you would not be serving time.. Why are president, the fbi, al sharpton or jesse jackson, the black panthers all who claim to be leaders dont get involved, is beyond me.Believe me its so many times when me and my crew want to take a trip to racist florida and let off on those racist crooked cops and politicans.. Believe me people this is what its going to take if you want this 2012 lynching to stop… so get ready for it, and grow some balls..

  10. The Real Deal Phill Reply

    July 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    When one does not know history, and history continues or repeats itself, the person who didn’t think the study of real history was important, they soon find themselves in HOT water because they are shocked and the unbalanced, unfair, un-blind reality of this thing called Amerikkan justice! All over America its the same thing and neither Jessie or Al can do anything about it. It will take all of us who are who are the victims of this racist system to step up and out on the issues. It will take fathers and mothers taking responsibility for their own and others too!

  11. rosemary davis Reply

    July 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Ms.Chico did you say a string of robberies and do you know if he had any prior convictions? because if you just read an article and you don’t know in detail what actually happen then you can’t say this is unjust the fact that he didn’t hurt anyone does not lessen the crime in anyway he took things that didn’t belong too him wheather he had a gun or not he chosed to engage in illegal activities so he put himself where he is today bad associations spoil usefull habits and how do you know that his accomplices were not telling the truth and even if it was not the truth which you don’t know this it’s not news flash this is what people do to save their hids even I am quite sure they got time as well maybe not as much time as Mr.Davis received.It is time for people like you to stop crying injustice for these hoodlums who have clearly broken the law and choose to be on the wrong side and are now reaping the consequences I am sure he will have plenty of time to think about his actions with the amount of time he got.Marrisa Alexander case was not a robbery case so she was dealt an injustice not Quartavious Davis

    • Chico Norwood Reply

      July 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Rosemary, please forgive me. In my report, I left out and should have added that this was the young man’s first offense, according to the article which was a very in-depth, investigative piece by a reputable news agency.

    • justice Reply

      July 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Rosemary Davis

      I so whole heartedly agree with you. Ms. Chico C. Norwood is comparing Apples to Oranges as it relates to Alexander and Davis. Ms. Alexander had every right to defend herself but Davis had no right robbing innocent people for something that did not belong to him. If I was a betting person I would bet that this is not the first time Davis has been in trouble and based on his past criminal record and current charges his sentence was probably based on the minimal sentencing guidelines. The Judge didn’t do Davis’s community any favors he did. No, he may not have killed anyone YET but Davis was a threat to society and should have been removed. I am sure the victims lives have been changed and until Ms. Norwood is staring down the barrel of a gun she can’t imagine what it is like. Look at Pastor Winans that got carjacked and sucker punched while pumping gas by a gang of young kids. Another example just a couple of days ago in my community this gentleman was standing at a bus stop at 5:00 o’clock in the morning waiting on a bus to go to work. He was robbed, chased, and gunned down by a 17 year old practically in front of his home. Frankly, I am sick of these young thugs that are out here doing NOTHING but causing choas.

  12. Big Papa Reply

    July 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    It’s like Kim said, some one with Power, needs to step up to help this young man. You see, the Opague man is all about keeping the poor people and definitely the Black people as far in the rear as possible. So much time you even forget your own name and why you’re where you are. It should be automactic that we as a people, should flood thewee racist judges mail boxes (not email but their actual mail boxes!)with letters of dispute until changes take place or sit in their courts until they cannot even hear a case until they do what is right! Maybe call on Minister Farakhan and the Nation Of Islam to help but you gotta know this ain’t a joke
    in other words we can’t expect this Brother to be in the front of every little dumb ass move some folks make. Especially these repeat offenders. If you are in the wrong then face the consequences and shut up!
    The smart thing to do is look at the end result of our actions and if it turns out that you could come up short then don’t do the damn crime. Gotta know some things are just plain dumb and could cost your freedom.
    I’m for supporting us but not on dumb ass stuff!I’m just saying….

  13. sheila Reply

    July 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    where is the justice in this.guilty by the color of his skin.what a America we blacks live in..no justice and they should never have any peace,where are our black leaders ,why is no one watching our hen house.but when its time to vote they want our support.sad ,sad ,sad day!!!!

  14. noco Reply

    July 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Been to jail more times then I care to remember. Did my bit for whatever I did. Understood that the judge is only bound by the maximum sentenc e. So, if I got the max–ain’t no time for crying, should have thought about thAt before I committed the act. There is a saying, “When you go to court, you don’t know how you are going to make out”. So, the best thing to do is to not do shit that is going to land you in court. I’m as black-thinking as most -probably more- but there comes a time in life when you mature and you have to look at life seriously and know that the playing field ain’t level. So when you jump out there and try your hand you should know that there is a possibility that you are going to get dealt with–perhaps not even like the fellow in front of you or the ones who come behind. Get a fucking job, get on welfare, collect cans, copper, raps, or bags. Do anything you have to do except committ crimes. There ain’t no telling how you are going to make out in court!

  15. D. WATKINS Reply

    July 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Justice…for Black people does not exist in America. Hopefully, this young man’s lawyers will appeal the harshness of his sentence.

  16. mozlyric Reply

    July 11, 2012 at 12:14 am

    The mass incarceration of NON-VIOLENT black folk in America is a HUMAN RIGHTS issue that should be addressed by ANY United States President.

    Where is our domestic policy? American Presidents can denounce and apply sanctions against foreign countries for their human rights atrocities and even pre-emptively declare war upon a nation, but CAN’T address the war zones right here within our own borders? Stop making excuses for President Obama or any politician for that matter. Chicago is supposed to be the Obama’s backyard. How many black folk came out in droves to support him in ’08?

    A seven year old little lost her life TOO soon over mindless violence and the fact that we as a community devalue our own lives. We don’t need white america to address this issue. We need to take to the streets ourselves with the same tenacity folk did over the Trayvon Martin case.

    We are the problem and the solution.

  17. Anthony Reply

    July 11, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Same thing happened in Greensboro NC with Orenthial Smith back in 1998. All his co defendants stuck deals with the prosecution, testified against him and received fairly light sentences. Smith as a first time offender got 68 yrs in prison at 19 years old…

  18. blacxkcobra Reply

    July 11, 2012 at 5:49 am

    I don’t recall seeing a African American signature on the Constitution of the United States nor a woman name of any color even though there was a black man present when it was sign and his name was John Hason, that’s right and Black people were not citizens when it was sign back then so if we were not citizens back then I guess we are not citizens now, and that lady who shot at her husband fear for her life but 20years is absurd so all African Americans need to said like they said in the movie of Lethal Weapon when Riggs got shot the man on the top of the catwalk said DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY well we as African Americans need to stand and say CONSTITUTIONAL IMMUNITY! I bet that will rock some things in the state of Florida.


  19. ouida smith Reply

    July 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    This not only in Florida alone.As a black person myself we all have to stop, look, listen and know what time of day we are still living in. Nothing have changed other races are here but it is always “the blacks” we are only doing this to ourself. Young black people(men) look at how you’re dressing now pants below your butt. Is that right? Hold your heads up high and don’t look down. WE have to look at ourself first and make the change before the country make the change in the outlook on blacks.

  20. 1 Black mans opinion Reply

    July 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Every State in the United States has 100′s of these kind of cases daily, and has for years. What has ever been done? There has been Black Lawyers and Judges SERVING for years, but they work for the ANGLO LAW that we live under, they always talk about the Constitution and RIGHTS, Civil or domestic. When the document was signed Blacks were Slaves, Black people had no RIGHTS then and we have no RIGHTS now. An illegal immigrant has more RIGHTS and more freedom, other races travel back and forth from the US to whatever Country they’re from. Where can we go? AFRICA. The prison system is a business. A BIG BUSINESS, small towns used to refuse allowing a prison to be built in their town, fear of the black man might escape. NOW, they’re willing to pay to build one. They say build it, they will come. MONEY it’s all about MONEY. And we are kept in the not enough line. One check away from being homeless, and you know they care more for DOGs & Cats than Blacks. PETA:People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Where’s PETBP:People for the Ethical Treatment of Black People or SPCA: Society for the Provention of Cruelity to Animals. Hell what about African Americans. ok SPCAA. Jails and Prisons are mere reminders of Slavery for White people to ENJOY. I’M sure they miss the after Sunday Service Lynchings from back in the day. They say those were the good ole days, as they say. RIGHT THE WRONG, REPAIR THE DAMAGE, From SLAVERY AND THE WAR ON (blacks) I mean DRUGS..From fredrick Douglas to Thurgood Marshall, Blacks have never been represented AS A PEOPLE. Just keepin it 100. OH and it don’t have a damn thang to do with how low you wear your pants. Game reconize Game, they’ll keep us down & out by any means necessary.

  21. 1 Black mans opinion Reply

    July 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    We must be in Egypt because there’s a lot of people in de Nile.

  22. Kysho Reply

    December 3, 2012 at 7:52 am

    You are comparing apples to oranges here. Seven robberies including a pharmacy and we’re suppose to feel sympathetic to this man? You obviously don’t know how the laws work. The first person, regardless of being the ring leader,the get-a-way driver, or the whose face got caught on camera holding the gun,to out the other(s) out is usually the one that gets the deal and usually the one granted the most leniency. He just better be lucky no one was shot and killed. Regardless as to whether he killed the person or not, he would have hung for murder, even if it was one of the five mentioned.

    No one made him participate in those robbers. Marissa Alexander was a victim who tried to protect herself. George Zimmerman tried to play vigilante, and it backfired on him. This man??? He did this ish on his own free will and fully aware of his wrong doing. You do wrong, wrong comes to you.

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