I saw this story on Tyler Perry‘s Facebook page yesterday, and like Tyler, I feel outraged by the facts presented. It is the story of Terrance Williams, a 27-year-old young man trying to turn his life around after joining his mother in Naples, Florida. He accepted a “ride” from a police officer who had previously taken another young man of Hispanic descent on a “ride.” The problem with both of these “rides” is that both young men went missing and haven’t been seen since. Eight years later, Marcia Williams, the mother of Terrance Williams, wants to know what happened to her son. Steve Calkins, who was the officer that provided the “rides”, has failed two polygraph exams and was dismissed from his duties due to many inconsistencies in his story about Williams. I agree with Tyler Perry’s statement that this reminds us of a time in the Jim Crow South where the sudden vanishing of young black males went unmentioned because nobody cared. Anyone reading the link to the story above needs to care. Show you care by passing along any links or information that can help bring awareness to this troubling case.
- ‘Good Deeds’ trailer: Tyler Perry takes on lead role (thegrio.com)
- Tyler Perry on How to Be Successful (streetknowledge.wordpress.com)