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Rapid Response Alert - Baldwin, LA

MOBB United for Social Change Demands Justice for Quawan Charles


On the evening of October 30th, 15 year old Quawan Charles was picked up from his father’s house by a white male and his mother. His disfigured body was found November 2nd.

Results of two autopsies, one independent, indicate the cause of death was ruled a drowning. According to Chase Trichell, one of the family’s attorneys, Quawan’s body was found in a sugarcane field that was not deep enough for an able-bodied person to drown. And even if the cause of death becomes drowning, they are far more interested in the manner of death and the events leading up to his death.

Quawan was reported missing to the Baldwin Police Department on Friday, October 30. Quawan’s mother, Roxanne Nelson, said neither she nor his father, Kenneth Jacko, gave permission for the duo to take their son anywhere. The family says police didn’t seem concerned about the missing teen, saying he was probably at a football game. The family urged police to issue an Amber Alert; however, they never did. Days later, Quawan was found dead in a rural area in a field in Iberia Parish.

The foul play that followed is confusing and seems very similar to the makings of a hate crime; a lynching. The family pleaded with the police to help them search for their son. If they would have taken action, our son, Quawan, might still be alive today.

MOBB United for Social Change joins Stand Black and local, state and national organizers in demanding a proper investigation on the Quawan Charles case and for the perpetrators to be prosecuted.


Call To Action

The moms of MOBB United are aggrieved by the death of another son, Quawan Charles, and we demand the following:

  • An independent investigation by the LA State Police and the Justice Department into the mishandling of Quawan Charles’ case.

Please call Iberia Sheriff Tommy Romero and 16th Judicial District Attorney Bofill “Bo” Duhe and demand the case be investigated by an outside jurisdiction.


Tommy Romero, Iberia Parish Sheriff

Bofill “Bo” Duhe, 16th Judicial District Attorney for the tri-parish area of St. Mary, St. Martin and Iberia Parish


M.O.B.B. United for Social Change, Inc. is a nationwide coalition of moms who are dedicated to making the world a safer place for Black boys and men by eradicating harassment, brutality and unwarranted use of deadly force by law enforcement and others against our sons. The group was born out of frustration over the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile in Minnesota and numerous other innocent Black boys and men killed by police before and after them. It has grown into a mobilized force of moms determined to make a difference. We aim to influence both policy and perception that impact how Black boys and men are treated by law enforcement.