UPDATE - Timothy "Bulldog" Allen's body was recovered from the lake near Napier Avenue bridge in St. Joseph, Michigan where police spoke with him last on November 9, 2011. Rev. Pinkney, director of Benton Harbor NAACP, relayed the sad news that Allen's remains surfaced on December 29, 2011. Allen went missing after his family called an ambulance for him because he seemed to need emergency medical services. They never saw him again. Numerous African Americans go missing in police custody or immediately after, especially persons experiencing mental or emotional trauma. Many people suspect foul play. When I spoke with him on December 30, Rev. Pinkney said Allen's family had not been allowed to view the body at that time. We discussed Allen's death on the Rev. Pinkney Blogtalk Radio Show on January 1, 2012. Listen at this link - http://goo.gl/EKcaH - Police refused to drag the lake for Allen's body although that should have been done when he initially went "missing." We understand that Allen was no John Kennedy, III, for whom the Army searched when his plan went down. However, lakes are dragged for many average citizens, but not for Timothy Allen. Decomposition, especially in water, is useful if there is something to hide. I resent it. Please pray for Allen's family. They loved him, and his friends loved him and will miss his love. People matter. I will write a separate report about this tragedy once more information is available, such as funeral arrangements. I called the victim's family to see if they want to make a statement to my readers, but the call went to their voice mail. Sometimes my cyberstalkers channel my phone calls to message services, so I hope Allen's family really received my invitation to address their loss in MaryLovesJustice blog. My full report on Allen going missing is at my MaryLovesJustice blog at "Blacks Go Missing in Police Custody at http://goo.gl/MzTn3 . Thank you for your interest in open disclosure and justice in this matter. Mentally challenged people are not safe in their communities or in jails and prisons. Unfortunately, some psychiatric hospitals had and may still have brutal conditions. That fact was key to "de-institutionalization" of acute mental patients in the 1970s - hundreds of thousands of sick people who were actually trans-institutionalized to America's jails and prisons. Our condolences to Timothy Allen's family and his friends. AIMI members and online guests, I am sorry to begin the new year with bad news, but people cannot care about problems they do not know about. One of our main objectives at this site is to educate the public and our elected and appointed officials about avoidable tragedies. The good news is that you can help simply by sharing this and other stories at this website. Please resolve in 2012 to give ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL.
Mary Neal, director, Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill, http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/aimi
This post was modified from its original form on 01 Jan, 17:45
1. Blacks Go Missing in Police Custody: Timothy "Bulldog" Allen - PLEASE HELP find Timothy "Bulldog" Allen (pictured below). Allen's family called an ambulance for him in Benton Harbor, Michigan on November 9, 2011, and have not seen him since. Police were the last to see him, according to his family's interview at this link http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rev-pinkney/2011/11/20/pinkney-to-pinkney for the Rev. Pinkney Blogtalk radio show on November 20, 2011. Allen's family asks for his return, even if he is dead. Allen was reportedly delusional when the ambulance was called. Please help the Allens find their missing loved one. (This post contains 3 links, 3 numbered paragraphs, 1 photo and description.)
2. Allen's family lacks the resources to drag lakes near Napier Avenue bridge where police claim they saw him last. The Allens have no money for a reward at this time. Please help them. When my brother, Larry Neal, went "missing" in July 2003, police kept him in secret incarceration for 18 days and returned his naked corpse. Police in Memphis, Tennessee and the United States Department of Justice REFUSE to give us any explanation or records, but at least we know where Larry's body is, if not how they killed him. Larry was a lifelong schizophrenic heart patient who was hospitalized for over 20 years before America's acute mental patients were "deinstitutionalized" in the 1970s. Matrice Richardson, a young black woman, went "missing" in California in 2009. Her remains were found in 2010. She was also last seen alive in the custody of police. Matrice, a recent college graduate, suffered from depression and showed symptoms of bipolar disorder. At least Matrice's family got her body back, although it took a year. The Allen family called for emergency assistance on November 9, because Bulldog was acting irrational. We do not know what is being done to black people having mental or emotional crises. Allen reportedly refused treatment when his ambulance reached Lakewood Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, and he left on foot. The Allen family reported on the November 20 Rev. Pinkney Blogtalk Radio show that the 44-year-old had been suffering from seizures in recent months. If you live in the area of Benton Harbor, Michigan, please help search for Timothy Allen. If not, please help the family raise an award. Share the link for Rev. Pinkney's November 20, 2011 blogtalk radio show http://goo.gl/QvZst and Allen's photograph. If you have information or want to be of assistance raising a reward, please call the Allens at (804) 363-9984. Your help is needed to get Allen back to his family, alive or dead. Thank you and many blessings for whatever help you provide. Prayers are invited. I will attempt to update this discussion strand and my blog at MaryLovesJustice as more information is available.
3. Mary Neal, director, Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill - http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/aimi