In her first meetings with police, the teenager responded to questions with blank expressions, nods and by scrawling notes. She said she had been abducted by two white men, who dragged her into the woods where four other white men were waiting.
But Brawley, a cheerleader, didn’t offer much detail. She didn’t give police names or detailed descriptions of the men she claimed had brutalized her almost nonstop for four days.
What she did share — that one attacker had blond hair, a holster and a badge — sparked a media firestorm in New York City, which was still reeling from the killing of a black youth in Howard Beach, Queens, by a white mob.
Firebrands Maddox and Mason and a relatively unknown Sharpton jumped into the fray. Within weeks, a suspect emerged — Fishkill Police Officer Harry Crist Jr., who had been found dead in his apartment three days after the Brawley “attack.”
But Pagones, a Dutchess County prosecutor at the time, defended his dead friend Crist, offering an alibi for the cop — they were Christmas-shopping together on one of the days in question. And on the three other days of the “kidnapping,” Crist was on patrol, working at his other job at IBM, and installing insulation in an attic.
Brawley’s handlers then claimed — without proof — that Pagones was part of the white mob that kidnapped and raped the girl 33 times.
This 1987 case had all of the usual suspects that have gone on to fan the flames of racial tensions across the United States. Names such as Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton, Johnny Cochran and many others. In 1988 Farrakhan vowed to kill and dismember Pagones while patting the hand of Brawley sitting next to him in a tent with 10,000 people who came out in support of Brawley.
The complete Grand Jury investigation and Report link is here.
If you read the report and view the video link of the incident you will come to the same conclusion that Sharpton used this case in the usual ways we have seen over the years. Though Sharpton was sued by Pagones and had a financial Judgment leveled against him. As usual, he had others step up and pay this money for him. To this day Sharpton, enjoys the trappings that those he hustles against. He smokes his expensive cigars in the exclusive Grand Havana Room that is an exclusive members only club.
Those who make up and falsely claim rape is a slap in the face to all those who are truly raped. Those who make up and falsely claim a racially motivated rape case damage the credibility of those who have been victims of racially motivated crimes.
To this day, Sharpton still tells those who will listen that he believes "something did happen" in the Brawley case. Unlike Sharpton, Brawley outlived her usefulness and now is paying for her lies and deceptive stories that harmed so many others. I don't see those same race baiters and celebrities lining up to help her pay the $400,000+ she owes Pagones. Pagones has publicly said that he would gladly vacate the money owed if Brawley would just tell the truth. Once again the silence is deafening.