young man, refused to stand by and let his mother be assaulted. By arresting Larry, Junior eliminated him as a threat in his own home while easing the pressure put upon him at work to solve the murder of a white man, a murder that was part of the escalating racial violence in Hattiesburg during the 1970s. Junior, who was promoted to detective for solving the crime, may have been a victim as well.
14 years later, Larry escaped from prison in women’s clothing, was recaptured, and beaten severely by a group of twenty-some corrections officers. The Mississippi Attorney General, state prosecutors, and Federal Attorney General Cynthia Alksne convicted some of the guards sending them to federal prison.
But there would be no justice for Larry who was sent back to prison spending the next 10 years in solitary confinement. In 2001, thanks to a clever letter writing campaign to over 150 politicians that prompted inquiries from the likes of Barney Frank and Trent Lott, Larry was paroled.
Today, Larry Floyd remains on parole and in a twist of fate, he has emulated the “hero” template of his father by risking his life nightly as a security guard patrolling a dangerous neighborhood in Hattiesburg. He has also worked a second job during the day to make ends meet. Although he has been out of Jail since 2001, has worked, raised a family, and contributed to law enforcement, though he remains a paroled criminal and is still considered to be guilty of a crime many believe he never committed.
Clearing Larry Floyd is an evolving saga. This documentary project is dedicated to detailing this incredibly dramatic story and advocating for Larry to be finally exonerated and restored to complete citizenship through a gubernatorial pardon by Governor Bryant in 2016.