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Investigator Resigns After Telling Horrific Lynching Story


Investigator Resigns After Telling Horrific Lynching Story

william sewellBy Andrew Scot Bolsinger

When Shun Mullins went to his city department of health after the death of his mother, he had no idea his misery would continue. Now, the state official who used the opportunity to belittle and intimidate Mullins has lost his job after forty years in the department, according to a story in The Root.

Mullins went into the Tennessee State Department of Health to complain about the conduct of the Algood Fire Department after the death of his mother.

Mullins claimed the deputy fire chief refused to perform CPR on his mother in response to a 9-1-1 call because she was black and then later lied on medical records to cover up the incident. If that event wasn’t bad enough, it took a turn for the worse once Mullins met with state investigator William Sewell.

Mullins said Sewell began the interview by asking him if he’d ever been in the penitentiary.

“That was more than insulting to me,” Mullins said.

Sewell then went on to describe a long-ago graphic lynching of a black man in nearby Baxter, Tenn., according to Mullins.

Had Mullins been alone he would have had no proof. But Sewell made his comments to Mullins despite two others being in the room with them, including Sheryl Allen of the NAACAP executive board in Nashville.

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Mullins reported Sewell’s conduct. Eventually the state’s investigation into its own investigator proved the merit of Mullins’ claims. Sewell was forced to resign or face termination, which he did.

“An internal Health Department investigation revealed the department believed Sewell told the story to put Mullins on the “defensive” and intimidate him because Sewell had close ties to many officials in Algood and possibly knew the deputy fire chief, who was being investigated,” News Channel 5 reported.

Source: theroot

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at

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  1. sheila forest scot

    February 23, 2014 at 9:49 am

    this is a tip of the iceberg!!!! wake up black people we are under attack ,we have to stand up against racism in all forums ,are fall for anything..I wish I had my grandfathers razor strap to whip his azz my grandfather was a barber, and he kept one just to keep us in line. I would like a Mandingo moment with his lying azz so he can have a better story to tell with more feeling…L A D
    LYING AZZ DOG !!!!

  2. Ann G.

    February 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Wow!! Those rednecks truly hate us, do they not? For what reason? We have done nothing to these people except be allowed to live and let live. These people are so afraid that they will soon be the minority instead of the majority that there is nothing they will stop short of doing to us or any other race in this country. What has the fact that the fire chief let a woman die have to do with weather or not this man had ever been incarnated what does one have to do with the other? This is what happens when every ones White mammy, brother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend are on the city payroll! Not to mention that they will steal stink out of shit while on the payroll! Embezzlement is the White mans middle name and murder is their last name! Their kids are killing them and everyone in the school system that they can take down and they are worried about us, I suggest White Man that you better be worried about those killer thugs that you are raising, for they are nothing more than born again serial killers!

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