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Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Conviction Puts Spotlight On Guyanese Mom’s Civil Case Vs. NYPD


Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Mar. 28, 2006: The spotlight has now been turned to the million dollar civil case brought by the mother of the Guyanese college student, who was tortured, raped and killed in 2003. Days after her daughter’s killers were convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping, rape and sodomy, the focus has now turned to the 2004 civil suit filed by Elle Carmichael, the mother of the murdered 21-year-old, Guyanese student, Romona Moore.

The suit charges racism, and according to the New York Daily News, claims that police ignored the reported disappearance, ignored 911 calls by a neighbor who reported screams from the Snyder Ave. apartment and refused to take action even after Carmichael filed a missing persons report on April 23, 2003, stressing that the Hunter College student’s disappearance was unusual.

"The NYPD has a policy of not making a prompt investigation of missing person claims of African-Americans, while making a prompt investigation for white individuals," the suit reportedly charges. Cops closed the case three days after Moore vanished even as family members continued to post missing person’s posters.

Troy Hendrix, 22, and Kayson Pearson, 23, were convicted on March 23 of first-degree murder in the death of Moore and of kidnapping, rape and sodomy. "I am hard pressed to find a more evil case," District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a news release announcing the convictions. Moore was last seen alive on her way to a Burger King restaurant on April 24, 2003, and was reported missing a day later. Prosecutors said Hendrix and Pearson kidnapped her and took her to the basement of Hendrix's family's home, where they beat, repeatedly raped and then killed her.

Moore’s body was found naked and wrapped in a blanket on May 10, 2003, behind an East Flatbush home. Hendrix and Pearson have also been convicted of kidnapping and raping another woman, who testified against them.

NYDP Commissioner Raymond Kelly has insisted that “detectives did everything that was appropriate.” He also claims that the 67th Precinct did not take the missing persons report initially because Moore was 21 years of age. The city is asking a judge to dismiss the case. –