Interview with Deborah Johnson
QUESTION 22
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Now, in the weeks and months that followed, I gather you made a decision, you and, and the other survivors of the raid made a decision not to testify as part of the grand jury inquest. Do you recall that and how you made that decision, and why?

DEBORAH JOHNSON:

Yes, ah, the survivors, as we came to be known, of the December 4th, ah, raid at the apartment made a conscious decision not to participate in the grand jury investigation because we felt that we would get no justice through this investigation. That the intent of the grand jury was not to really see what was going on. I just remembered something that I forgot about that, ah, grand jury investigation, which really even further cemented in my mind that I did not need to participate in this. I was sitting there, and I was refusing to answer, um, I forgot on what grounds, what legal grounds. I refused to answer.

TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

You can start over saying that you were sitting at the grand jury inquest, and you decided--

DEBORAH JOHNSON:

OK, I had, I was sitting at the grand jury investigation, and had decided prior to being there that I would not participate in this investigation, in terms of answering questions and--because I really felt that this grand jury was not actually seeking the truth to find out what actually happened in the apartment. What further cemented my belief that they were not actually trying to find out the truth while sitting there, after they questioned me and I refused to answer on certain legal grounds, at which point I don't remember exactly, ah, one of the officers of the court, that was in the courtroom, brought a bag out, with the blankets that were on our bed, with blood on it. And I felt at that time, these people are trying to drive me crazy. They're not going to do it, you know. And I just--