Cyntoia Brown is being failed by the justice system because she’s a black woman
In 2004, Cyntoia Brown was sixteen and facing a life sentence for killing her sex trafficker in Tennesee, a state that is known for its strong stance against sex trafficking. Tell Brown or those who support her about this supposed stance, as she is currently serving year 14 of a life sentence she received for killing her abuser.
Brown shot and killed 43-year-old Johnny Allen, who was also a Nashville realtor, because she was afraid that if Allen wanted to do something to her, there was nothing she could have done to prevent i, due to his previous military service and his love of guns, she said. Initially, Brown was a runaway from her adopted mother but after crashing with friends for a year, she was put into contact with a man who became her pimp, a 24-year-old man identified as Kutthroat, or Kut. Kut would eventually set Brown up with Allen on August 5, 2004, when Allen continually made Brown uncomfortable, and she took the first opportunity she had to pull a gun from her purse and kill him with it.
The State of Tennessee decided to charge Brown, a sixteen-year-old girl, as an adult, despite the fact that Brown could legally not consent to any of the actions which had been ongoing while she was serving as Kutthroat’s sex slave. Additionally, the lawyer who was assigned Brown’s case did not do his due diligence and allowed the prosecution to place most of the onus on Cyntoia Brown to prevent herself from being sexually abused. The end result of that trial was a conviction for the murder of Johnny Allen, which resulted in a life sentence.
Due to a Nashville affiliate of Fox News, Cyntoia Brown’s case is getting renewed interest, even more than in 2011 when a documentary detailing Brown’s case was released, because of the involvement of celebrities like Lebron James, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, and Kim Kardashian West, the lattr claiming she has contacted her lawyers to see what can be done.
During her time in prison, Cyntoia Brown has earned an associate’s degree from Lipscomb University and is working on her B.A. Brown is also a volunteer consultant with the Juvenile Justice System and Charles Bone, a Nashville lawyer who took her case seven years ago pro bono, says that Brown is “thrilled that people actually care”
One thing is certain, Cyntoia Brown should not be in prison, and the state owes her for the past 14 years that she has been wrongfully held behind bars.