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Courtlon "Champ" Turner

Champ Turner

Courtlon "Champ" Turner

Father · Barber · Volunteer · Wrongfully Convicted

Champ is a loving father and a Black barber who was a staple and integral member of his community. He is known by everyone as gentle, selfless, humble, wise, and intuitive.

Champ served as the best man at his friend’s wedding. They were extremely close, but one day his best friend was experiencing extreme paranoia. Champ tried to support his friend through this mental health crisis, but when he took a call from his girlfriend, his friend believed that Champ was on the phone with the FBI to “snitch” on him for selling knock-off purses and shoes. He attacked Champ with a butcher knife, they struggled for several minutes, Champ finally was able to break away, then he dialed 911.

When police arrived, they arrested Champ instead of the white man who attacked him. Champ was charged with aggravated malicious wounding, a class 2 felony equivalent to first degree murder. He’s serving ten years for being attacked by a white man.

Champ has congestive heart failure and is an undiagnosed autistic man with undiagnosed PTSD in a prison. His case has striking parallels to Matthew Rushin’s: they are Black autistic men from Virginia Beach who were criminalized by the Commonwealth Attorney and Virginia Beach Police for having a disability.

We are calling on Governor Ralph Northam for a pardon for Champ Turner. Self defense is not a crime. Being disabled is not a crime. Being autistic is not a crime.

Matthew Rushin remains in prison and now has COVID-19

Matthew Rushin received a pardon, but justice was not served. He’s still in prison and has COVID, and is scared and alone. He should be released to get the care he needs.

US Capitol building, with high contrast white and black style

Angry Political Autistics: On the link between white supremacy, privilege, and systemic oppression

As an Autistic PoC, I couldn’t help but think about how differently civil rights protests are treated when initiated by PoC who were sick of being killed, abused, unheard, and dismissed– while speaking out against white supremacy, privilege, and the systemic wrongs that are perpetuated in connection with these hateful mediums.

For the Survivors: Autistic people and our #MeToo memories

It’s not always women who are sexually assaulted and exploited. Disabled people, regardless of gender, are often victims of predatory relationships.

Justice for Xavier Hernandez: Texas School Still Practicing Illegal Restraints after Killing Young Autistic Man

After killing a young autistic man with a deadly restraint, a bystander films employees from the same school casually performing brutal restraints on a fourth grade girl as she screams in terror.

Aubrey Japharii Jones of Black Lives Matter 757 in an open letter to Cheif Paul Neudigate of Virginia Beach

An Open Letter to New Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate

Chief Neudigate, I have read as much about you as I can find, and what I have seen has been positive. You seem to be

The Importance of Black Barbers as Staples of the Community

Champ Turner is a Black Autistic man who was wrongfully convicted following an unprovoked attack from a white man with a butcher knife. His community needs him, and he needs the support of the Autistic community and our allies.

Matthew Rushin remains in prison and now has COVID-19

Matthew Rushin received a pardon, but justice was not served. He’s still in prison and has COVID, and is scared and alone. He should be released to get the care he needs.

US Capitol building, with high contrast white and black style

Angry Political Autistics: On the link between white supremacy, privilege, and systemic oppression

As an Autistic PoC, I couldn’t help but think about how differently civil rights protests are treated when initiated by PoC who were sick of being killed, abused, unheard, and dismissed– while speaking out against white supremacy, privilege, and the systemic wrongs that are perpetuated in connection with these hateful mediums.

For the Survivors: Autistic people and our #MeToo memories

It’s not always women who are sexually assaulted and exploited. Disabled people, regardless of gender, are often victims of predatory relationships.

Justice for Xavier Hernandez: Texas School Still Practicing Illegal Restraints after Killing Young Autistic Man

After killing a young autistic man with a deadly restraint, a bystander films employees from the same school casually performing brutal restraints on a fourth grade girl as she screams in terror.

Aubrey Japharii Jones of Black Lives Matter 757 in an open letter to Cheif Paul Neudigate of Virginia Beach

An Open Letter to New Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate

Chief Neudigate, I have read as much about you as I can find, and what I have seen has been positive. You seem to be

The Importance of Black Barbers as Staples of the Community

Champ Turner is a Black Autistic man who was wrongfully convicted following an unprovoked attack from a white man with a butcher knife. His community needs him, and he needs the support of the Autistic community and our allies.

Matthew Rushin remains in prison and now has COVID-19

Matthew Rushin received a pardon, but justice was not served. He’s still in prison and has COVID, and is scared and alone. He should be released to get the care he needs.

US Capitol building, with high contrast white and black style

Angry Political Autistics: On the link between white supremacy, privilege, and systemic oppression

As an Autistic PoC, I couldn’t help but think about how differently civil rights protests are treated when initiated by PoC who were sick of being killed, abused, unheard, and dismissed– while speaking out against white supremacy, privilege, and the systemic wrongs that are perpetuated in connection with these hateful mediums.

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