Rico Clark is currently serving 16 years of a 55-year prison sentence for the 2006 murder of 19-year-old Damion Kendricks in Grand Crossing, USA, in 2006.
Clark’s lawyers claim that he was wrongfully convicted on the basis of forced testimony, since no physical evidence of the convict’s guilt was found, and two of the three witnesses who called Rico the shooter recanted their testimony at the trial, saying that Chicago police detectives forced them to give false testimony.
Clark’s aunt points to a Chicago police detective named Sgt. Brian Forberg, who is accused of tampering with evidence and coercing witnesses in other cases, according to civil lawsuits and pending appeals. Clark is one of at least 15 people currently in jail who have made similar accusations against the officer.
On October 19, 2023, the Illinois Prisoner Review Board heard from supporters, the victim’s family and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. The board will now review the petition and make a confidential recommendation to the state’s governor, who will ultimately have the final say.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
“There is no evidence that he did the crime. In fact, there is evidence of the contrary. there were witnesses who recanted. This is a classic frame-up case the Chicago Police Department has perpetrated against a number of people,” Frank Chapman, executive director of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.
The Initiative Group has asked US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland for clarification on the current case. The Initiative Group considers it important to fight police brutality and can provide legal and informational assistance to Rico Clark and his family if necessary.