Free Unjolee Moore!
The #FreeUnjolee Series
Learn about the case and how it’s connected to systemic injustice in Chattanooga
The prosecution and conviction of Unjolee Moore is illustrative of the criminal injustice system that neither provides justice to those harmed, or to those accused of harm. The case points to the need for civilian Community Control and oversight of the Police, that includes investigative & disciplinary power. Though McPherson’s now retired, how can an officer with multiple past Internal Affairs complaints order potential evidence not be collected in a murder case involving his niece, and not only still be employed but rise to a top position directly beneath the police chief a a few years after?
The case demonstrates that quality of representation based on your ability to pay for adequate legal defense–which disproportionately impacts Black people–is directly connected to your outcomes in court. Moore’s conviction demonstrates the power of the Prosecutor’s Office to craft a narrative that ensures a conviction rather than justice for those harmed. To the system, respect and dignity for Black lives-whether those harmed or those accused of harm–are less important than getting a conviction.