Shameca Burt has nine children, all of whom were taken from her by state government officials under what she insists are causeless actions. The state, operator of prisons and lead child trafficker among Tennesseans, has terminated her rights to all of them, and separated siblings in dwellings across the state.
By David Tulis / 92.7 NoogaRadio
Mrs. Burt says the actions are unlawful, without cause or warrant, and based on the fact that she is an articulate African-American who stands her ground and speaks her mind. She has a recording of an interview with a social worker in which the state employee says the reason Mrs. Burt keeps losing custody of her children is that she has “an attitude.” This explanation is similar to that which underlies many arrests by police of people who are not respectful, somehow defiant or who assert their rights — aka “contempt of cop.”
However, “the claim and exercise of a constitutional right cannot thus be converted into a crime” Miller v. US (5th Circuit) 230 F. 2d. 486 (1956) . And, “Where rights are secured by the constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.” Miranda v. Arizona 384 US 436 (1966).
An injury to a child in 2002 from a broken water heater in a government housing project in Cromwell Hills in Chattanooga launched her ordeal. Her children are a mix of grown and still subject to state control and inducement. They are Amari, 27; Brianna, 25, Tyrone Jr. 19; Tyshalia, 17, Tyonna, 16; Jomanna, 12; Jacob, 9; Orie, 8; and Caleb. 7.
Most moving interview I’ve ever had
Shameca Burt studies her enemy in detail: the State of Tennessee, the Commissioner of Human Services, Tennessee Code, the federal rules of civil procedure. She is at war for her children, she tells me in an emotionally moving interview about her distress. (Courtesy NoogaRadio)