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Letter to the Editor: ‘Where is Mike Henry’s response?’

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Letter to the Editor: ‘Where is Mike Henry’s response?’

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry talks about Thursday's shooting death of 19-year-old Javon T. Trott, of Johnston City, on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Carbondale Civic Center.

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry talks about Thursday's shooting death of 19-year-old Javon T. Trott, of Johnston City, on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Carbondale Civic Center.

Jacob Wiegand | @jawiegandphoto

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry talks about Thursday's shooting death of 19-year-old Javon T. Trott, of Johnston City, on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Carbondale Civic Center.

Jacob Wiegand | @jawiegandphoto

Jacob Wiegand | @jawiegandphoto

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry talks about Thursday's shooting death of 19-year-old Javon T. Trott, of Johnston City, on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Carbondale Civic Center.

By Rebecca Schlosser

Two weeks ago, an article detailing discrepancies between the police report and Mike Henry’s personal account of the dispute that occurred in the home of Mike Henry and his wife, Theresa Henry, only two nights before the city elections, was published.

Two whole weeks have passed and the city of Carbondale has yet to hear a word from Mike Henry in regard to the events that took place in his home in the early hours of March 30th, or why he lied about them.

There has been quite a bit of speculation regarding the events of that night, but the personal lives of the Henry family are none of our business. What IS our business, however, is that he lied about the events, and that the Carbondale PD showed preferential treatment when they made no arrests.

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The fact of the matter is that a domestic dispute occurred in the Henry home in the early hours of March 30th leaving Mike Henry with a bite mark on his hand and smears of blood on Theresa Henry, after a scuffle for a cellphone.

The day before the election, Mike Henry had said that there was “no threat of violence,” as was reported in the Daily Egyptian on April 1st, but the police report contradicts these statements.

While these were obviously internal affairs, an important fact to consider in this situation is that the details of this event were covered up until after the election and were only obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

His constituents should be demanding him to break his silence on this matter.  This affects not only him and his family, but also the people of the city of Carbondale.

The residents of Carbondale deserve a clear answer as to why the events that took place were not disclosed until after the election and why he covered them up in the first place. Perhaps he was afraid that he would lose the election, were he being truthful.

It is fairly well known that law enforcement will keep information about a case under wraps until an investigation is complete, but the SIU police were suddenly involved due to their being a supposedly “non-biased” party.

What does this say about the Carbondale police department and their bias toward the Henry family? Will Henry be willing to explain that as well, or is this a matter better taken up with the Carbondale PD and the SIU police?

As constituents of Mike Henry, we should demand answers from him. We have endured his silence long enough. Demand that he explain his lies and,  if he refuses to do even that, demand his resignation.

Rebecca Schlosser, of Carbondale, can be reached at r[email protected]

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4 Comments

4 Responses to “Letter to the Editor: ‘Where is Mike Henry’s response?’”

  1. Hugh Richard Williams on April 24th, 2019 1:37 pm

    I agree with the letter writer 100%. That having been said the elite are always given preferential treatment. It’s particularly prevalent down here. We have BOT. chairmen”s insurance company selling SIUC liability insurance for Saluki Way. A former city council member had a lawful DUI stop tossed simply because of who he was. A former President at SIUC gave relations no bid contracts. This is the same person who was caught cheating on his doctorate by committing plagiarism. He was honored and “cleared” by a panel of his underlings. Nothing will change here until there’s a change in the parochial attitude down here.

  2. Pamela smith on April 24th, 2019 6:43 pm

    Agree with the article completely. We all screw up and we all can be forgiven; but he should do “the right thing” concerning the public who elected him. Thank you for following up about this matter.

  3. Meghan on April 25th, 2019 7:34 am

    I wish everyone would stop being so reactionary and actually get the facts straight in this matter. This was not covered up or lied about until after the election or ever. I read it about it in the Southern that Sunday, before the election, because I had a conversation about it at work on Monday. Just because more details became forthcoming as time went on does not mean there was intent to cover it up. That is the way any news unfolds. This received far more press attention than these matters normally do. Arrests are almost never made in situations like this either. As for SIU cops involved. I do not know what the story is there, but they live a block from campus. Not unusual. Maybe no one is talking about it now because it’s a non issue.??

  4. Michael on April 28th, 2019 1:08 pm

    Publish the police report. I want to see where It is in conflict with anything Mr. Henry has stated.

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