On Monday, July 6th, 2020, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers pounded on Pascal Shakoure Charpentier’s door, arrested him and placed him in handcuffs in full view of the neighborhood. He remains imprisoned while court proceedings continue.Pascal is currently being held as a result of the Executive Order called Enhancing Public Safety issued by President Donald J. Trump on January 25th, 2017. Trump’s extremely broad Executive Order expands the priority list of people subject to deportation to include anyone who has “committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense.”The felony that triggered the arrest is more than 30 years old.
Pascal had been caught joyriding in a car that belonged to a friend, but had been reported stolen. Also at 18 years old, Pascal’s life would take an unfortunate turn. He was convicted and imprisoned for 24-and-a-half-years for his association with a group involved in the 1990 New York City subway robbery and murder of Utah tourist Brian Watkins. Pascal was unaware that any violence was about to occur and was not present when it occurred. He was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for his non-violent unarmed association.
The parole board released him early due to his excellent record while incarcerated. The film 23 Reasons Why 23 Years is Enough details the case.After Pascal’s 2015 release, he emerged with two Bachelor of Science degrees and a Master’s from the New York Theological Seminary. Since that time he has been building a production company and forming and running From Bars II Beyond, a non-profit for at-risk youth media training with a focus on preventing their own incarceration.Judge Dara F. Reid acknowledged that although he is neither a flight risk nor a danger to the community that he was ineligible for release on bond.
Of his present situation Pascal said, “I have been in this country for my entire life, short a couple of months due to the fact that my father was serving in the United States Air Force. If it hadn’t been for his service to this country, I probably would have been born in Queens, New York. At the core of this case is a very large family of American citizens who are suffering. I can’t even fathom how my family is able to continue bearing us being torn apart as this case proceeds. This unlawful arrest is why I am in an orange jumpsuit at a N. J. County jail, and not in my office doing intake of a client, or meeting with my volunteer team on our next program cycle for at-risk kids, or picking up my fiancée from a hard day’s work at the hospital, or installing a new partition in the backyard of our home.
”If Charpentier is judged to not have U. S. citizenship, he might be deported to a country where he has never lived and has no present family ties. No one should have to go through this fight from a jail cell.This page will provide updates and organizing information to help Free Pascal Shakoure Charpentier. Please like and join this page and invite your friends to help spread information so that he can end his unlawful detention and stop any deportation proceedings.