Black man held as slave in Georgia after being acquitted of a crime

Floyd County Jail

Slavery apparently is still legal in America. The 13th Amendment outlawed slavery in any form except as a punishment for crime. However, the 13th Amendment has not been upheld in the case of a Black man, Ramad Chatman.

Chatman, a resident of Rome, Georgia, was initially given five years probation for breaking and entering an apartment to steal a TV worth $120 in 2012. Following the incident, he was able to remain on track by getting a job, paying restitution, doing community service, and being on time when meeting his probation officer.

But his life changed in 2014 when someone robbed a store at gunpoint. The clerk at the store only described the suspect as a Black man with a gun. One year after the robbery, Chatman heard that police were looking for him and he turned himself in to authorities. He was eventually arrested and charged with the armed robbery at the store.

Feeling as if he lacked any options, Chatman attempted to enter an Alford plea deal with prosecutors. The deal allows defendants to enter a guilty plea while maintaining their innocence. However, the judge on the case would not allow Chatman to enter a plea deal and forced a jury trial. When the jury realized that the police lacked evidence in the case, Chatman was found not guilty.

But even after being found not guilty, the judge revoked Chatman’s probation and sentenced him to 10 years in prison. The judge revoked his probation without substantial reasoning. Chatman had not violated his probation in any form.

As a result, the judge in the case, Jack Niedrach, has gone against the 13th Amendment by enforcing slavery. Niedrach should be held accountable for his action and placed in jail. Chatman must also be released from the involuntary servitude being placed on him by the state of Georgia.

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.


  • Meiqua Yushundra
    May 26, 2017

    WOW!!! Now this is just CRAZY!!!

  • LogicalLeopard
    May 27, 2017

    Wait, but how is he a slave? Is he being forced to work?

    • shatteredshards
      May 28, 2017

      You bet he is. For example, Wal-Mart gets their produce from prison labor farms. Just Google prison labor in the south (Louisiana is particularly disgusting).

      • LogicalLeopard
        May 30, 2017

        But just because it happens in Louisiana, doesn’t mean it’s happening in Georgia. Or in that particular prison. And it doesn’t mean that he is FORCED to work either.

    • Askme2
      May 28, 2017

      Nope, the title is totally misleading and on purpose! The premise is I suppose is if he’s in prison without just cause, this is a form of being held against his will or aka slavery. This unfortunately isn’t anything new in the Black community but just a different spin on the topic.

      • LogicalLeopard
        May 30, 2017

        Yeah, that’s what I was thinking!

  • Aniyah Sydney Renne Tifari
    May 28, 2017

    This judge has to go to jail for crimes against humanity. ..He’s probably klan

  • Simpson McMullen
    May 29, 2017

    Rolling out , your misleading title got me to click this site . After reading your story , i feel that we are all salves on some level .
    Your “rollingout ” misleading titles will be filled under ” fake news ” like most of the other useless sites .
    To bad “rollingout ” your slowly losing my respect and my eyes . Boo on you !

  • SrAgri
    May 30, 2017

    Mr. Shaw, is it really too much to ask for a little bit of journalistic integrity?

    The title of this article is an out-right lie.

    If you wanted to run a story about the judge revoking his parole as an extrajudicial retaliation without valid evidence, then run that story. Don’t make up a false story about him ‘being held as a slave’.

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