When a crime is committed, particularly a homicide, we can trust that law enforcement and the justice system will aggressively track down the perpetrator. At least, that’s the sense I get while watching Law & Order. We’re supposed to trust the system. But what happens when it either refuses to investigate the crime or, worse, is actively covering it up? In Finding Kendrick Johnson, documentarian Jason Pollock shines a light on an unresolved case, one that the authorities wish would go away.
On January 11th, 2013, high school student Kendrick Johnson was found dead in his school’s gymnasium. His body was discovered rolled up in a gym mat. Police investigators ruled the death an accident, claiming that Kendrick crawled into the rolled-up mat out of curiosity and died from positional asphyxia.
“…trusted the system to uncover the truth. Unfortunately, what they found was a cover-up instead.”
Almost immediately, the explanation of Kendrick’s death sounded suspicious, but the teen’s parents, Jackie and Kenneth, trusted the system to uncover the truth. Unfortunately, what they found was a cover-up instead. The police autopsy, of course, confirmed the “accident,” and immediately, the case was closed.
As the Johnsons questioned the conclusion, they hired their own forensic pathologist to conduct a separate autopsy. When Kendrick’s body was exhumed from his grave, the pathologist discovered Kendrick’s organs had been replaced with balls of paper by the coroner. It doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist to realize there’s something fishy going on.
The missing organs were just the tip of the iceberg of evidence pointing to a cover-up by the Valdosta PD in a city that sits squarely in the heart of the old Confederacy. You have to watch Finding Kendrick Johnson to see how insanely deep and vast the cover-up goes. Just a hint: the FBI gets involved and quickly becomes complicit.
"…hard to deny that race didn't play a role in the cover-up."