Riots in the United States are escalating, and for the first time in the country’s history, the lights in the White House have been turned off and President Trump has been taken to a bunker. The riots began after a police officer killed African-American George Floyd and it was all captured on camera.
The protests began to spiral out of control and became quite violent, leading to the loss of justice for Floyd’s tragically lost life. But this unfortunate incident has led many to recall a tragic story of a young life in the past.
George Steennie, 14, was convicted on June 16, 1944, of two counts of murder. According to the court and the police, the African-American killed two white girls aged 11 and 7 in Alcohol, South Carolina. It was clear that justice was not being done to little George. His trial lasted only 10 minutes and he has a lawyer who was white, and his parents were not allowed to attend the trial. The lawyer worked against his good and did not want to listen to the witnesses and did a thorough interrogation.
Little George was sentenced to death. Forty-eight days after the girls’ murder, George was executed on an electric chair. Until the last moment, the child claimed to be innocent and held a Bible in his hand during the execution. He is the youngest person in the United States to ever be sentenced to death.
George confessed to his roommate that the police had forced him to admit that he had committed the crime and that he did not know what had happened.
A retrial was opened in 2004, and the verdict was overturned in 2014, 70 years after he was executed and the court ruled that his trial was not fair. There are no official documents from his trial in 1944.