Independent Committee To Investigate Sandra Bland’s Death, Expert Questions High Levels Of Marijuana In Bland’s Toxicology Report
Attorney Darrell Jordan and expert toxicologist, Bruce A. Goldberger, PhD, FABFT joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the independent committee appointed to investigate the death of Sandra Bland and suspicious findings of Bland’s toxicology report.
Bland’s toxicology revealed she had 18 micrograms per liter of T.H.C. in her bloodstream. Dr. Goldberger suggested the only way she would have that much T.H.C. in her system is from recent use while being detained by the Waller County Sheriff’s Office.
Dark Places Of The Earth: Author Details Voyage Of The Antelope Slave Ship
Fifteen years before Amistad, there was the Antelope: a slave ship with 275 captives whose fates were argued before the U.S. Supreme Court not just once, but three times.
Jonathan Bryant, author of Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope, joinedRoland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the story of Antelope and the battle to free its “cargo.”
In 1820, a suspicious vessel was spotted lingering off the coast of northern Florida, the Spanish slave ship Antelope. Since the United States had outlawed its own participation in the international slave trade more than a decade before, the ship’s almost 300 African captives were considered illegal cargo under American laws. But with slavery still a critical part of the American economy, it would eventually fall to the Supreme Court to determine whether or not they were slaves at all, and if so, what should be done with them.
Bryant describes the captives’ harrowing voyage through waters rife with pirates and governed by an array of international treaties. By the time the Antelope arrived in Savannah, Georgia, the puzzle of how to determine the captives’ fates was inextricably knotted. Set against the backdrop of a city in the grip of both the financial panic of 1819 and the lingering effects of an outbreak of yellow fever, Dark Places of the Earth vividly recounts the eight-year legal conflict that followed, during which time the Antelope‘s human cargo were mercilessly put to work on the plantations of Georgia, even as their freedom remained in limbo.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast