She’s the California surf at sunset, by way of an Alabama moon. American as Apple Pie. The girl who helps others and rallies to free those in need. Only 19 years old, fighting for justice the way only the young and idealistic can.
Kelly Thomas’ murder has rocked the sleepy suburban town of Fullerton. Thomas, a mentally challenged, unarmed homeless man pled for his life as police officers beat him – to death. He can be seen on video calling out for his father, begging them to stop, to no avail.
Shocked by this tragedy, Jordyan Carroll, like many others, took to the streets in protest. According to Ms. Carroll, it was during one of these protests, that a News Reporter shoved Ms. Carroll. Carroll shoved back. A scuffle ensued. No one was seriously injured. Somehow however, the City of Fullerton pressed charges against Ms. Carroll and sentenced her to jail.
A college student and skydiving enthusiast, Ms. Carroll had no prior record. She came to California two years ago, from Alabama. Plunked down in the middle of a thriving protest movement in Orange County, she learned the hard way about corruption and city politics. She was not a danger to society, nor did she pose any threat to anyone. The reporter who picked a fight with her was not injured and there were no crimes committed. Yet they locked up this teenager, while their own killer cops walk free?
What is wrong with the City of Fullerton that they would allow this? First the murder of Kelly Thomas. Then the whitewash of the murder and those who did it, go free. Now those who stand up against this injustice – intimidated and manipulated by trumped up charges, pressed into plea bargains and serving time – for…what exactly? To be made into an example? To be used for political purpose? To send a message to other protesters?
Allowing your out of control cops to beat and kill the helpless is a dereliction of your duty. Sending this girl to a dangerous place like jail for a frivolous charge just so you can make a political statement is also a dereliction of your duty. We are watching you, City of Fullerton.