Justice for EDEN SPINKS, Jr.
28 year old Eden Spinks, Jr. was a blessing and joy to the lives of all who knew him and interacted with him. He was full of life and planned to live life to the fullest with his family and friends.
On January 2, 2021, Eden Spinks, Jr's life was cut short and the NYPD 67th precinct dropped the ball on thoroughly investigating his death to bring the family closure and Justice. That day, Eden Spinks, Jr., left from his Manhattan hotel room that himself and his then girlfriend who he was trying to break things off with, Sydney Singer , to the home of his sister to pick up food and spend time with his family. Upon reaching the home, Eden is seen in more extended videos, getting out of his car and getting his coat from the backseat. His then girlfriend, is seen getting out and they proceed to the steps of the home. A conversation develops, and Eden who has always been a non-confrontational person is seen walking away. Sydney Singer follows behind him and they talk. After their conversation, they are both seen (in extended video) going back to sit in the car. After several minutes a taxi pulls up a few feet infront of the car and the driver delivers what is believed to be an ubereats order to another home. When the taxi finally leaves in the video below, that is when Eden's car alarm goes off, signifying the moment the shot was fired. The car alarm is then turned off from inside the car and Sydney Singer is seen in extended video moving around the car and hovering over what is presumed to be Eden's body in the car, the light in the car is then turned on for a while, then turnt off.
She spent 10 to 15 minutes in the car before even exiting the car. That whole time, she did not dial 911 or scream out for help. She calmly exits the vehicle and walks up the stairs of the home, fixes her jacket and then calls Eden's youngest sister and rings the doorbell. She then calls 911 and hands the phone to Eden's 9 year old nephew and tells him to give the phone to Eden's oldest sister. Eden's sister then comes to the door and asks her why is 911 on the phone and Sydney Singer tells her that she doesn't know and then says that Eden may be hurt. When the family found Eden in the car, the gun was in his lap and both of his hands were placed on top of the gun. This is scientifically and medically impossible for someone who supposedly shot themselves in the head.
- The detectives failed to obtain video footage from the house and other houses in the area.
- The detectives that night, prematurely ruled Eden's death a suicide without any forensics being done.
- The police report falsely states that there were no witnesses despite the girlfriend being in the car and an officer even getting her overnight bag out of the car for her.
- The girlfriend was never tested for gunshot residue on her hand and did laundry and her nails the day after.
- The family has yet to see Eden's body.
- The girlfriend has falsely told people that Eden died from Covid.
- The girlfriend told one of the sisters that she did not hear the shot go.off, despite being in the car.
- The girlfriend falsely stated that she was breaking up with Eden, when there is text evidence that the detective has failed to look at showing that Eden in fact was the one who was breaking up with her and she was not handling it well at all.
- The girlfriend erased all messages between her and Eden on her phone.
- The girlfriend admitted to one of the sisters that she used to sit in her car, across the street from the family's house and stalk Eden when he did not answer his phone.
- The girlfriend was spotted sneaking into the family's driveway on one occasion.
- The gun shot was from almost the top side of the head.
- The girlfriend kept asking is he was dead yet.
Note: The behavior of the girlfriend is very suspicious and the job done by the detectives was very insufficient.
Eden's family demands the current detectives that are on the case, be removed off the case and that a new investigation be conducted as well as the questioning of potential witnesses be done.
Call To Action:
Call the Offices of NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, Mayor De'Blasio and Attorney General Leticia James and Demand Justice for Eden Spinks, Jr. Demand that they remove the detectives, thoroughly investigate this case as a potential homicide with an independent investigator and review all camera footage from that area and footage that the family has and that I have seen.
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The known violent and bigoted Chief Terence Monahan stated in a closed-door meeting of police brass yesterday, "Cops shouldn’t fear accidentally breaking the city’s new law restricting their use of chokeholds on criminal suspects because no city district attorney will prosecute them".
He is clearly ordering NYPD officers to disregard the recently passed chokehold ban bill, which makes it a crime to modern day lynch people. This ban came about due to the countless times that the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies in this country have murdered Black Men, Women and Children in cold blood. Thia bill was one of the accountable measures that NYC now has that I was able to witness being signed and have the ceremonial pen from to honor this historic moment of accountability. A moment that myself and others have fought and sacrificed for, even with the continuous work that we are doing to bring about further change.
This order to blatantly disregard this law is criminal and Monahan must be held accountable for his words which will initiate more brutality and murder of Black and Brown people in New York City. Any silence from the administration and any Council Member, is a clear sign of complicity and lack of integrity that we cannot tolerate. I am calling for the immediate firing or resignation of Chief Terence Monahan to give a clear message to other NYPD Brass and Officers that we will no longer allow any criminal behavior to go unpunished within the NYPD. And any DA that fails to prosecute these officers must be held accountable as well.
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"I have spoken out against and have been on the frontlines against police violence and unjust police tactics before this pandemic, and I am consistently doing so during the pandemic. All of this while my opponent and others, still supports and receives support from the racist PBA and SBA and only gives empty political rhetoric for optics, after many of us placed pressure on elected officials. This past weekend of violence against Black community members, is evidence of the continued racial bias policing of Black communities that exists in New York City. Many politicians have failed to bring about accountability, allowing NYPD officers to feel as if they can get away with their targeted abuse of power. This is definitely a tale of two cities, especially during this pandemic, where in a crowded park white New Yorkers who are not practicing social distancing and not wearing a mask are left alone and given masks by the NYPD. They received no warnings or summons. Then you look in the Black community where community members are brutalized, given summons and arrested. They are jumped on, have knees placed on their backs and necks, punched in the face, pepper sprayed, tackled to the ground and much more. Mayor De'Blasio, Police Commissioner Shea and many members of the New York City Council have failed our communities. Many of them have stayed silent and turned a blind eye. Many of them accept campaign donations and endorsements from the racist PBA and SBA, that celebrates police violence against our communities and issue watered down statements and provide no actual accountability. The same organizations that mocked the murders of Eric Garner, Delrawn Smalls and many more by NYPD Officers. The presidents of these organizations have even called our Black youth 'mutts'. We need to start bringing their officers under control. The community will not tolerate this any further. Officers who commit these human rights violations, need to be fired, charged, indicted and sentenced. No ifs, ands or buts about it. I am calling on all District Attorneys to fully prosecute all officers involved in these recent brutality incidents. I am calling for there to be no recommendations of community service or house arrest. They must receive jail time for their crimes. I am calling on NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer to settle all civil cases of police brutality immediately. This is not the time for political rhetoric. It is the time for action."
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* Anthony Beckford is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Community Leader, President of the Brooklyn Chapter of Copwatch Patrol Unit, the President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn, Founder of Save Our Youth Initiative, Founder of Clergies against Police Violence and Injustice and City Council Candidate for the 45th District in Brooklyn.
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1. What you say to the police is always important. Everything you say can be used against you.
2. You have the right not to speak. To exercise this right, you should tell the police, “I would like to remain silent.”
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5. Don’t bad-mouth a police officer or run away, even if you believe what is happening is unreasonable. That could lead to your arrest.
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1. Upon request, show the police your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. In certain cases, your car can be searched without a warrant. To protect yourself later, you should state that you do not consent to a search.
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1. You have the right to remain silent and the right to talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police. Don’t tell the police anything except your name and address. Don’t give any explanations, excuses, or stories. You can make your defense later, in court, based on what you and your lawyer decide is best.
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WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE STOPPED BY THE POLICE
• Stay calm and in control of your words, body language, and emotions.
• Don’t get into an argument with the police.
• Never bad-mouth a police officer.
• Remember that anything you say or do can be used against you.
• Keep your hands where the police can see them.
• Don’t run.
• Don’t touch any police officer.
• Don’t resist, even if you believe you are innocent.
• If you complain at the scene or tell the police they’re wrong, do so in a non-confrontational way that will not escalate the situation.
• Do not make any statements regarding the incident.
• If you are arrested, ask for a lawyer immediately.
• Remember officers’ badge numbers, patrol car numbers, and physical descriptions.
• Write down everything you remember as soon as possible.
• Try to find witnesses and their names and phone numbers.
• If you are injured, take photos of the injuries as soon as possible, but make sure you get medical attention first. Ask for copies of your medical treatment files.
*Anthony Beckford is the President of the Brooklyn Chapter of Copwatch Patrol Unit, as well as the City Council Candidate for the 45th District.