[News] Morning raids - Government continues harassment of former Black Panthers
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Wed Jun 28 11:19:34 EDT 2006
Government continues harassment of former Black Panthers
Federal agents and local police served DNA warrants on several former
Black activists throughout the US today allegedly in connection with
an unsolved 1971 incident in San Francisco resulting in the death of
a police officer. Despite being available to the prosecutor through
their attorneys, police served the warrants through coordinated
early-morning raids in 5 different cities on Tuesday.
Five former Black Panthers were jailed for refusing to cooperate with
a California State Grand Jury investigating the same events in 2005
in San Francisco. All five were released October 31, 2005 when that
Grand Jury term expired. Those served with warrants today included
the same individuals and others. They have been harassed by police
visits for several years.
Two men, John Bowman and Harold Taylor, were also tortured in 1973 in
New Orleans to force them to make statements about the 1971 case.
Subsequent attempts to prosecute Black activists were halted by court
orders because of the illegal coercion and physical brutality
inflicted on them. The 1973 arrests and torture were part of the US
Government's COINTELPRO program designed to destroy the Black
The continued harassment of these same activists is being carried on
in the spirit of unending government human rights violations and to
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