A newly vindicated Brooklyn, New York man denounced a corrupt justice system that took 17 years of his life.
John Bunn, 41, was convicted of murdering a correction officer, Rolando Neischer, in August 1991 after an ex-detective tainted evidence used against him. He was 14-years-old at the time.
An emotional Bunn was crying Tuesday after prosecutors said they would dismiss the charges against him, The New York Daily News reports.
“They won’t admit I’m an innocent man,” he said. “Y’all had the wrong man this whole time and you have (someone) out there running free and y’all had no right to do what you did.”
Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Shawn’Dya Simpson threw out Bunn’s conviction in November 2016 and ordered a new trial after evidentiary hearing proved that ex-cop Louis Scarcella messed with the evidence. Prosecutors said they would not retry the case.
“This case was tried . . ., a jury was picked, testimony was given and it concluded all in one day,” said Simpson. “I don’t consider that justice at all.”
Bunn, who founded a nonprofit AVoice4TheUnheard.org, which raises awareness about the prison system, said he here to make a difference.
“I just want to be proven innocent. . . . I didn’t want to be in the dark side of the shadows they (the prosecutors) tried to put me,” said Bunn.
Bunn was paroled in 2011.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.