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Announcement :: Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Race
Tuesday: Legacy of Torture-- Film and Presentation
by Northeastern NLG
17 Feb 2007
Murder Charges Against Former Black Panthers Based on Confessions Extracted by Torture.
Come see a screening of the film Legacy of Torture about their case, and learn more info about the current situation and what we can do!
Legacy of Torture: The War Against the Black Liberation Movement
Film Screening and Presentation by Attorney Soffiyah Elijah
Feb. 20th, 12:00-1:30 pm
Northeastern University School of Law, (Knowles/Cargill Building) 400
Huntington Ave, Boston
Join the Northeastern Law community to learn about the recent arrests of 8
former members of the Black Panther Party, the history of repression, and
what we can do about it!
Room: Cargill 97 (Basement Level, look for signs)
Public Transit : Orange Line to Ruggles or Green Line to Northeastern.
Eight former Black Panthers were arrested January 23rd in California, New
York and Florida on charges related to the 1971 killing of a San Francisco
police officer. Similar charges were thrown out after it was revealed that
police used torture to extract confessions when some of these same men
were arrested in New Orleans in 1973. Richard Brown, Richard O'Neal, Ray
Boudreaux, and Hank Jones were arrested in California. Francisco Torres
was arrested in Queens, New York. Harold Taylor was arrested in Florida.
Two men charged have been held as political prisoners for over 30 years
Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaqim are both in New York State prisons. A ninth
man -- Ronald Stanley Bridgeforth is still being sought. The men were
charged with the murder of Sgt. John Young and conspiracy that encompasses
numerous acts between 1968 and 1973.
Harold Taylor and John Bowman (recently deceased) as well as Ruben Scott
(thought to be a government witness) were first charged in 1975. But a
judge tossed out the charges, finding that Taylor and his two
co-defendants made confessions after police in New Orleans tortured them
for several days employing electric shock, cattle prods, beatings, sensory
deprivation, plastic bags and hot, wet blankets for asphyxiation.
For more info see
Sponsored by American Civil Liberties Union, Black Law Student
Association, and the National Lawyers Guild
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