Activist Nelson Hopkins Sr. charged with first-degree robbery
|This face just disappointed a lot of people.|
Nelson Hopkins Sr. is the kind of story you want to believe in. After his son was murdered, this ex-con became an activist running Pardon & Parole Negotiations LLC from a small office on East 12th Street. He also started Operation Promised Land, dreaming that he could repopulate and rebuild the East Side with the reformed convicts who once tore it down. Former Pitch staff writer Nadia Pflaum wrote a definitive feature story on Hopkins last year. Working with his family, Hopkins fielded dozens of requests every week from people in trouble who hoped he could help.
Then this morning, Barb Shelley over at the Star broke the news that Hopkins was arrested last week in Blue Springs, and he now faces a charge of first-degree robbery.