This month, a very surprising person began trending on social media. She wasn't a pop star, or some up-and-coming social media celeb. In fact, she's the very opposite. Her name is Cyntoia Brown and she is a 28-year-old convicted murderer. She's been in prison since she was 16, and will only be eligible for parole at age 69.
And now, at the center of a massive social media firestorm.
Cyntoia Brown first came to the public attention as part of a documentary, Me Facing Life: Seeking Redemption in Cyntoia’s Story.
I’m glad everyone is talking about Cyntoia Brown, now that she’s 28. It happened in 2004 and PBS did a documentary… https://t.co/8ypXFiacd3— Ryan (@Ryan)1511298125.0
The details are horrific.
#CyntoiaBrown, @HuffPost , 15 year old Cyntoia brown killed a 43 year old white Real estate agent who raped her, an… https://t.co/Qs9ne9qKah— Woke Reviews (@Woke Reviews)1511277223.0
When she ran away and began living with Cut-Throat, he pimped her out.Her last
The teen resisted Allen's advances, but then he reached for something under the bed.That's when Brown shot him using the gun in her purse she carried for protection. She stated, she though he was "gonna get a gun or is gonna do something to me." Prosecutors argued she was trying to rob him, since she took his wallet as she fled the scene.
Again, Brown was 16 years old when this occurred.Remember being 16? Most people at that age are in school, not having to fend for themselves from sexual predators and rapists. Even worse, Brown has multigenerational trauma, as both her mother and grandmother were victims of rape. But that's not even the most horrific part of the story...
In 2011, Brown became part of a campaign by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to end life imprisonment for certain offenders convicted when they were children.
#CyntoiaBrown has no business being in prison for killing someone who was about to rape her when she was 16. She is… https://t.co/CANoKQePfV— Edan Clay 🇺🇸 (@Edan Clay 🇺🇸)1511728252.0
SB-9, which became law in January 2013, was revolutionary.
Y’all know Cyntoia Brown been in prison since 2004? Fuck a tweet, write a letter. Tell her you’re thankful she’s al… https://t.co/jiLudhA9Y3— #BAHHSNotBars (@#BAHHSNotBars)1511371530.0
Brown even changed the way her state, Tennessee, handled sex trafficking cases.
#CyntoiaBrown is a CHILD. She is a VICTIM, not a criminal. Free her. Give the JUDGE a life sentence. #FreeCyntoiaBrown— stephie 🌻 (@stephie 🌻)1511323842.0
The injustice has many social media users, including celebs outraged.#JUSTICE along the way?? cause... something is horribly wrong when the system enables these rapists and the victim is thrown away for life! To each of you responsible for this child's sentence I hope to God you don't have children, because this could be your daughter being punished for punishing already!"
Kim Kardashian soon got involved, sharing the post on Twitter.Kardashian wrote. "It’s heart breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this. #FreeCyntoiaBrown." But she didn't call just any lawyer...
Kim called LA-based Shawn Holley, whose past clients include Nicole Richie and Tupac, and was also part of the team of lawyers that secured O.J. Simpson an acquittal in 1995. Not too shabby.
Proud & honored to help @KimKardashian work for JUSTICE for Alice Johnson & Cyntoia Brown https://t.co/X8MIcGIiMQ— Shawn Holley (@Shawn Holley)1511456442.0
Holley is already working with Kardashian on the case of Alice Johnson.
Kim Kardashian Hires Famed Attorney To Help Free Cyntoia Brown & Alice Johnson https://t.co/d1rAH2JCod— Follow Light within (@Follow Light within)1511613798.0
A MoveOn Petition has been set up for Brown.
The Cyntoia Brown case began in 2004, poor girl is now in her 20s 😕. I remember watching her documentary back in 2… https://t.co/AzMhVkdpDG— Queen Nelly (@Queen Nelly)1511275297.0