A movie was just released. I don't know how the script reads, but few "based on a true story" movies follow the facts too closely...true reality doesn't sell...or isn't allowed to. Not that I have faith in our MSM, but I'm betting their documentary runs closer to the truth than Hollywood's.
Any way around it, this is a horrible story...but one that needs to be known. This began in the mid-80s, but continues yet today. It is a story of a young teen, growing up in Detroit who became swept up in a perfect storm. Yes, he made bad decisions. Yes, his father failed him. But what I'd really like you to pay attention to is how our criminal justice system, led by the FBI, used and then abandoned him...then used and abandoned him yet again, after making promises they failed to keep. He has been in prison for over 30 years. He has 2+ to go. Largely because of the retribution of law enforcement, particularly the FBI and Detroit authorities.
Recruited by the FBI at 14. He was thrust deep into Detroit's drug scene, shot in the stomach and nearly died, barely dodged another bullet, and found himself in jail facing life in prison (which he received) before his 18th birthday.
This was big on my local news at the time. I hope some of you take the time to watch the documentary and leave your thoughts, it's only 47:15 in length.
This story is infuriating and heartbreaking. I hope the movie will shine a bright light on this criminal practice of using people and betraying them. Everyone should see it.
I have a feeling it will portray the FBI in a much more favorable light. I sincerely hope I am wrong.
Yep, and it will also have other long-term repercussions for him.
It is riveting.
I hope so.
Welcome, MM. Thank you for watching it.
Tbh, the kid did not start out with a great life, but chances are it wouldn't have led to his near death and 30+ years in prison. This just disgusts me.
I know, his story really gets you.
I'm not surprised one tiny bit at what the FBI did to this young man. Used and abused. Although I didn't have time to watch the whole video as I have company, I've seen this situation a few times of government agencies using people for their own gain and then spitting them out when they no longer have use for them.
I have as well. If I am not mistaken, though, they had his dad registered as the informant because it's illegal to use minors. If you have time later, it's a worthy watch.
You have my word I'll watch it all as soon as I can!
Thanks Rooster. It happened close to home and I really feel for the guy.
After all is said and done.
If there's a bright side to it, he should be glad to still be around.
He could've wound up being another person that just mysteriously vanished.
That's a good point given all the various people he was dealing with, from the authorities to the street.
I did not watch the movie trailer, but did watch the documentary. There is SO much wrong about what has happened to Richard Wershe, Jr. He was used and spit out like he was nothing. Yeah, he made some really bad decisions himself. Getting involved in the stolen car thing was really foolish.
He should not be in jail. He should have been released long ago.
No one can know for certain whether he would have got his life on track or not had he been released earlier, of course, but when he agreed to help the FBI while he was in prison, he was made promises that were not kept. He helped bust 11 cops and the mayor's brother-in-law. That was a decade and a half prior to his involvement in the stolen car ring.
Of course. I realize it was a very bad time to be found guilty of dealing drugs, but I find the length of his jail sentence absurd.
It was a bad time with the crack epidemic. Still, for a juvenile to be sentenced to life would have been wrong, imo, anyway...but in this case I think it downright criminal on the part of the government, as I do the length he did serve for it once the lifer law was repealed.
I remember. Although crack wasn't as prevalent back then in Richmond as it was in Detroit, drug related homicides were rampant.
We definitely agree about Wershe's original sentence, and the wrongness of him still being incarcerated.
I think Detroit was one of the worst for crack.
Luke 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
"Delivered unto me," get it? Satan is the god of earthly authority.