National Action Network - Michigan: Prosecutor Gorcyca Launches Emotional Personal Attack Against Rev. Sheffield Over Kroger Homicide Protests

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Action Network Michigan Chapter

    DETROIT, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released by Rev. Horace
 L. Sheffield, III, President of the National Action Network Michigan Chapter:
 
     In an emotional and tersely worded letter to Rev. Horace L. Sheffield,
 III, President of the National Action Network Michigan Chapter, Oakland County
 Prosecutor David Gorcyca attempted to explain and justify his decision not to
 bring criminal charges against the two security guards who killed Travis
 Shelton at a Royal Oak Township Kroger on February 8.
     Mr. Gorcyca claimed in his letter to have relied upon "actual facts" in
 making his decision, and ended his letter to Rev. Sheffield by accusing the
 minister of engaging in "pulp fiction and inflammatory rhetoric," but then
 included no actual documents that allegedly support his prosecutorial
 decision.  Mr. Gorcyca sent only his press statement.
     Rev. Sheffield responds, "Mr. Gorcyca wants to have it both ways.  He
 accuses concerned citizens who inquired into his 'investigation' of being
 uninformed of the facts, but at the same time, he would not meet with us prior
 to his decision to apprise us of his version of the 'actual facts.' Now, after
 his decision, he still does not divulge the actual case file contents for
 evaluation.  He says I have made emotional judgments, but he makes emotional
 accusations against me in his letter.  He made lots of time to prepare for and
 conduct an elaborate press conference and numerous media interviews, but made
 no time for the dead victim's wife, mother and father. Mr. Gorcyca said on the
 day of his decision that he would meet with the family, but he made no mention
 or offer of such a meeting in the insensitive and self-serving letter he sent
 2 days ago to Travis Shelton's widow."
     Rev. Sheffield continues, "We believe that the Prosecutor is the one who
 has been affected by emotion or other inappropriate motivation, because he has
 clearly made the wrong decision in this case.  No one should die simply
 because of retail property.  And no one should be able to escape prosecution
 for killing someone over property because it is politically expedient for the
 prosecutor's office.  We believe Mr. Gorcyca is not fit to occupy the office
 of Prosecutor and should be removed.  It is the intention of the National
 Action Network to bring Mr. Gorcyca and the killers of Travis Shelton to
 justice."
 
 

SOURCE National Action Network Michigan Chapter
    DETROIT, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released by Rev. Horace
 L. Sheffield, III, President of the National Action Network Michigan Chapter:
 
     In an emotional and tersely worded letter to Rev. Horace L. Sheffield,
 III, President of the National Action Network Michigan Chapter, Oakland County
 Prosecutor David Gorcyca attempted to explain and justify his decision not to
 bring criminal charges against the two security guards who killed Travis
 Shelton at a Royal Oak Township Kroger on February 8.
     Mr. Gorcyca claimed in his letter to have relied upon "actual facts" in
 making his decision, and ended his letter to Rev. Sheffield by accusing the
 minister of engaging in "pulp fiction and inflammatory rhetoric," but then
 included no actual documents that allegedly support his prosecutorial
 decision.  Mr. Gorcyca sent only his press statement.
     Rev. Sheffield responds, "Mr. Gorcyca wants to have it both ways.  He
 accuses concerned citizens who inquired into his 'investigation' of being
 uninformed of the facts, but at the same time, he would not meet with us prior
 to his decision to apprise us of his version of the 'actual facts.' Now, after
 his decision, he still does not divulge the actual case file contents for
 evaluation.  He says I have made emotional judgments, but he makes emotional
 accusations against me in his letter.  He made lots of time to prepare for and
 conduct an elaborate press conference and numerous media interviews, but made
 no time for the dead victim's wife, mother and father. Mr. Gorcyca said on the
 day of his decision that he would meet with the family, but he made no mention
 or offer of such a meeting in the insensitive and self-serving letter he sent
 2 days ago to Travis Shelton's widow."
     Rev. Sheffield continues, "We believe that the Prosecutor is the one who
 has been affected by emotion or other inappropriate motivation, because he has
 clearly made the wrong decision in this case.  No one should die simply
 because of retail property.  And no one should be able to escape prosecution
 for killing someone over property because it is politically expedient for the
 prosecutor's office.  We believe Mr. Gorcyca is not fit to occupy the office
 of Prosecutor and should be removed.  It is the intention of the National
 Action Network to bring Mr. Gorcyca and the killers of Travis Shelton to
 justice."
 
 SOURCE  National Action Network Michigan Chapter