Sunday, July 1, 2007

Arrested for Protecting a Student (The illegal arrest of Rajnii Eddins)

Rajnii Eddins, a well known spoken word artist and educator, was preparing youth for a play called the Tobacco Monologues when one of his students came running up to him in a panic. The student explained that one of her friends was being arrested. Out of concern for his student, Rajnii went to the area in which the student's friend was being arrested. Upon arriving at the scene, Rajnii attempted to ask the officer for information that he could relay back to the arrested youth's parents. Rather than seeing Rajnii as a concerned instructor, the officers viewed him as a threat. One officer responded to Rajnii's request for information by telling his co worker, "check him for drugs and guns." Shortly thereafter Rajnii was handcuffed and placed in the back of the patrol car and taken to jail and charged with obstruction.

Rajnii has never been in trouble with the law in his life. While he was growing up, his mother shared there home with over 50 children. He is dedicated to helping children to develop to their full potential. He does not deserve what is happening to him.

Nearly 150 people showed up for Rajnii's arraignment. At his arraignment the prosecutor offered Rajnii a deal that would have lead to dismissal of all charges in exchange for community service. Instead of accepting the plea offer, Rajnii stayed true to his heart and set the case for trial. His trial is now scheduled for mid July in Seattle Municipal Court. Hopefully justice will prevail and Rajnii will be found NOT GUILTY.

It is time for the people to stand up for justice. Stay tuned for more information.

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