Free Dontae Sharpe NOW!
CAMPAIGN UPDATE: On May 17, 2019 Dontae Sharpe was allowed an evidentiary hearing where a judge heard new evidence in his case. The office of newly elected Pitt County District Attorney Faris Dixon opposed Dontae's release and the judge did not issue a ruling that day. In solidarity with Dontae's family and community, we maintain our call to free Dontae Sharpe now.
Local organizers in North Carolina have recently filed a motion that introduces new evidence into the case of Dontae Sharpe - a Black man that has been incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. Dontae Sharpe was incarcerated at 19-years-old in North Carolina and has spent 24 years in prison. Dontae’s case is a tragic example of the deep-rooted moral corruption of our criminal justice system where prosecutors and police can exploit racism and inequality to try and extract guilt from innocent people.
After twenty-five years of wrongful incarceration, it is time for North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, NC Attorney General Josh Stein, and District Attorney Faris Dixon to do the right thing. Now that new evidence has been uncovered, we have a real chance to finally reunite Dontae with his loved ones and community. Let’s bring Dontae Sharpe home!
Join Color of Change, North Carolina NAACP, members of Greenville, Spirithouse and the Sharpe Family in demanding Donate ’s immediate release! #FreeDontaeSharpe
Here is the Petition:
Dear North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, NC Attorney General Josh Stein, and District Attorney Faris Dixon,
I demand that you seek justice in the case of Dontae Sharpe, a well-loved Greenville native who has spent 24 years locked up for a crime evidence shows he did not commit.
North Carolina took 19-year-old Dontae Sharpe’s innocence, freedom, and life many years ago, but you can overturn this wrongful conviction.
As our public leaders, we ask that you free Dontae Sharpe NOW!