In 1988, Tawana went to the police and told them she had been sexually assaulted. The story she told was absolutely horrifying. Race played a major factor in her story, causing news outlets everywhere to broadcast what had happened to the young girl.
Celebrities and politicians alike became involved in one of the most publicized cases in US history. The story, however, took a strange turn. Year later, Tawana is forced to deal with reminders of her 1988 ordeal…
In 1987, Tawana Brawley was found thrown in a trash bag with racial slurs written all over her body. She was merely 15 years old, and covered in her own feces. When brought to the hospital, the girl was so traumatized that she was only able to answer yes or no questions by blinking her eyes.
After the ordeal, Ms. Tawana Brawley quickly gathered herself a group of lawyers. Their claims were that a law enforcement official and district attorney were responsible for the heinous crime. Tawana stated that during the attack she saw a badge on one of the predators…
Reverend Al Sharpton was one of Tawana’s spokesman during the entirety of the case. He spoke at a news conference and let the people know that they had evidence to prove their theory that officials were involved. Sharpton reported that many higher up’s in the political system were dirty, and knew about what had happened. He even called then governor, Mario Cuomo, a racist.
Celebrities from across the country began to support Tawana’s case. Bill Cosby pledged a $25,000 reward to anyone that could provide information on the case. Tawana received a $30,000 watch from Mike Tyson, and also a $100,000 pledge towards her education.
This story became a matter of race. According to Tawana and her team, white officials used their power to take advantage in the most brutal way, of a young black girl in her teens. Quickly, Tawana became a symbol of injustice for the black community in the city of New York.
Tawana’s group of spokesman advised her to not speak to anyone. The only words that Tawana ever stated publicly were her expressions of confidence in her advisors. This lack of communication with the public lead journalists to cast a shadow of doubt on Tawana’s story…
Newspapers started doing their own investigations and found reason to believe that Tawana had snuck out of her parent’s house a few days before the incident and was missing for four days. It is speculated that she was partying at a crack den in a neighboring town. The journalists assumed she faked the entire story to avoid a beating form her mother and stepfather, who had recently been released from prison for murdering his wife.
While investigating Tawana’s story, police wire tapped her phone. They were able to listen to conversations between her and her boyfriend, who was in prison. In one of their conversations, Tawana was heard saying that the only piece of information that the newspapers had right was her name and address.
Tawana’s team of advisors had a list of demands they needed met, in order to agree that Tawana would cooperate in the case. Some of the demands were that Gov. Cuomo put a special prosecutor on the case, relinquishing the rights of local authorities. Sharpton and his team also demanded that the grand jury be moved to another jurisdiction, that there must be arrests made in the case, and that a new special prosecutor be assigned.
The grand jury subpoenaed Tawana’s mother to the stand. They needed to hear her testimony in the case. When she did not show up, the court granted her jail time. Mrs. Brawley was forced to serve 30 days in jail for her lack of cooperation…
As the case began to unravel around Tawana and her team, they grew increasingly desperate. They continuously lacked cold hard evidence that the case needed in order to prove true. The one man accused was preparing for a slander lawsuit, as his life had been nearly ruined for the entirety of this case. The other man involved, unfortunately committed suicide, for reasons unrelated to this case.
Throughout the case, the grand jury had their work cut out for them. Media interference put fear in the hearts of the accused that they would not receive a fair trial. The jury heard from 180 witnesses over the course of seven months and were finally able to make their judgement.
Finally, after a long and grueling case, the accused man was set free and deemed not guilty. Tawana and her team had no evidence to prove their case, and the men were set free to go. A civil suit was then placed against Brawley and her team of spokespeople.
Large sums of money were owed to the accused, Pagones, by Brawley and her team, including Sharpton. Since the incident, Al Sharpton has paid his debt to Pagones. Brawley still owes a staggering $431,000, which she has yet to pay…
The assistant district attorney, Pagones, who was accused in the case, issued a statement. He said that he would forgive all of the money that Brawley owes if she would just apologize to the courts, and come clean for all the harm that she caused to everyone involved. Pagones strictly wants his name cleared from all of the wrongdoing that Tawana accused him of.
Pagones suffered greatly in this ordeal. His life after the case did not get any better. He and his wife separated, and he left his job as a prosecutor. Throughout the rest of his life, he vows to prove his innocence in this case.
Glenda Brawley, Tawana’s mother, and Glenda’s husband, have recently spoke out publicly, for the first time ever. They maintain their innocence, and believe the justice system failed their family miserably. Tawana’s mother said that if the state of New York reopens the case, Tawana will speak, for the first time and defend herself.
Currently Tawana Brawley resides in Virginia. She is working as a nurse in a hospital to help support her family. Tawana is a married woman now, and she and her husband have yet to ever speak publicly about what happened in 1988…
Since the trial, Tawana has converted to Islam and is a devout Muslim. Her parents said she finds safety and peace when going to the mosque. Tawana still receives death threats from extremists, but most of the people she comes into contact with support her and her story.
Tawana tries to live as much of normal life as possible. She goes to work daily and has friends that know about her situation, and friends that do not. Tawana’s mother hopes that one day this situation will have an ending that can let her and her daughter sleep well at night, knowing they have finally received justice.