Kinetic Justice: Who Is He And Why Should You Care?

Kaanii Powell Cleaver

His mother christened him Robert Earl Council, but many people know him as civil rights activist Kinetic Justice. Although locked up in solitary confinement, he managed to speak with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! via a smuggled cell phone in May 2016.

"The reform and changes that we've been fighting for in Alabama, we've tried petitioning through the courts. We've tried to get in touch with our legislators. We understood that our incarceration was pretty much about our labor and the money that was being generated through the prison system."

The humanitarian crisis in America's prisons started well before correctional officers began quitting their jobs at Holman prison due to safety concerns. Stories about overcrowded and unsanitary conditions are horrid, but they're not fresh news. Violence among inmates is rampant, and the numerous facilities where Kinetic Justice has been serving out his life sentence are no different.

In a Free Alabama Movement press release dated September 16, Pastor Glasgow said the following:

"Several officers expressed dismay and fear after learning that two of their fellow officers, Officer Brian Ezell and another officer, reported to Warden Raybon that they had knives drawn on them and their lives threatened, and that neither Warden Raybon, nor Commissioners Jeff Dunn and Grant Culliver would take any action to ensure their safety. Both of these officers then quit."

Despite being held in solitary confinement with no easy way to contact the outside world, Robert Earl Council managed to co-found the Free Alabama Movement. The FAM espouses non-violence and exposure of prison corruption, prisoner mistreatment, and other issues that plague American prisons in the 21st century.

Before being transferred from the notoriously violent Holman facility, even some correctional officers felt that Council's solitary confinement was out of line, according to Pastor Glasgow.

"Officers have began to express support for the Non-Violent stance of FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT and their efforts to expose corruption, violence and other issues plaguing Holman and other Alabama prisons, and have went so far as to make repeated requests to Warden Raybon for the release of F.A.M. co-founder and organizer Kinetik (sic) Justice from solitary confinement, because officers now feel that he is being wrongfully detained and because he has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to conduct peaceful demonstrations at Holman prison to bring attention to issues within the ADOC and Holman prison."

This story is not over. The minute I get word from a reliable source, I will tell you what I find out. In the meantime, I leave you with these words from the man they call Kinetic Justice: