Activists took edge of Ariel Harrison who now faces prison time

MACOMB — McDonough County Sheriff Nicholas Petitgout reported a Black girl identified guilty on multiple expenses in a 2019 scenario was taken benefit of by community activists and now faces prison time when she could have taken a plea deal.

Petitgout stated the sheriff’s department has needed to remark on Ariel Harrison’s scenario for a extensive time but could not formerly remark due to the fact because the situation has been active in the court docket system and was delayed by COVID-19. 

The sheriff pointed to regional activism companies the Democratic Ladies of McDonough County and the Racial Justice Coalition, which have sought media coverage of the circumstance and known as for prices to be dropped in an on the web petition that has garnered additional than 47,000 signatures.

“I imagine Ariel was taken edge of them to additional some result in,” Petitgout stated. “I locate it pretty troubling that they would do that to her and not comprehend the legislation. That’s what definitely, actually hurts me. They imagined they had been serving to her and they damage her.”

Petitgout claimed he believes the leader of people businesses, Heather McMeekan, took on the case and brought on the defendant to not follow lawful suggestions. 

“She took Ariel and bought Ariel in a lot more difficulties,” Petitgout reported. “It sickens me. I hope she understands she did not assist Ariel.”

McMeekan referred to as Petitgout’s statements “untrue” and “libelous” and that they ought to be investigated for achievable retaliation and obstruction of justice.