[Ppnews] Democ Now - Murder Charges Against Former Black Panthers Based on Confessions Extracted by Torture

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Fri Jan 26 12:53:52 EST 2007


Friday, January 26th, 2007
Murder Charges Against Former Black Panthers 
Based on Confessions Extracted by Torture

(you can stream video from the new film at this Democracy Now link)

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/26/1559250

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Police in California, New York and Florida 
arrested eight former Black Panthers earlier this 
week on charges related to the 1971 killing of a 
San Francisco police officer. Charges were thrown 
out in 1974 after it was revealed police used 
torture to extract confessions in the case. We 
speak with two of the defendants’ attorneys.

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Police in California, New York and Florida 
arrested eight former Black Panthers earlier this 
week on charges related to the 1971 killing of a 
San Francisco police officer. Richard Brown, 
Richard O’Neal, Ray Boudreaux and Henry Watson 
Jones were arrested in California. Francisco 
Torres was arrested in Queens New York. Harold 
Taylor was arrested in Florida. Two men already 
in jail-- Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaqim -- were 
also charged. A ninth man -- Ronald Stanley 
Bridgeforth – is still being sought. The men were 
charged with the murder of Sgt. John Young and 
conspiracy to commit murder for a string of attacks on other officers.

Harold Taylor and two other men were first 
charged with the murder of the police sergeant in 
1975. But a judge tossed out the charges. Taylor 
and his two co-defendants said they made false 
confessions after police in New Orleans tortured them.

Joining me now are two attorneys involved in this case:

    * Michael Warren. Attorney for Francisco 
Torres who was arrested on Tuesday.
    * Stuart Hanlon. California-based attorney 
representing Herman Bell. He also worked for 25 
years on the case of Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt.
    * Excerpt of the new documentary Legacy of 
Torture: The War Against the Black Liberation 
Movement. Produced by the Freedom Archives.

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