[Ppnews] On MOVE's murder complaints against Philadelphia Cops - July 8 Court Hearing

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Fri Jul 9 16:57:26 EDT 2010


As most of you no doubt know by now, we had a hearing in court today, 
July 8th, on the murder complaints that we filed against officials 
involved in the May 1985 bombing and murder of innocent MOVE family members.

The issue is very simple and very clear.  Officials deliberately 
dropped a C4 bomb on our home and the bomb ignited a fire which 
officials deliberately refused to put out.  When we attempted to get 
out of the blazing inferno, cops deliberately shot at us to try to 
prevent any of us from surviving.  As a result of this, eleven 
innocent MOVE men, women, children and numerous animals were 
literally burned alive and found to have bullet fragments in their 
bodies from police gunfire.  Not one single official in these past 
twenty-five years was ever charged with murdering our family.  I'm 
the only one to be charged with anything and imprisoned.

We, the MOVE family, filed private criminal murder complaints against 
officials responsible for the murder of our family.  The district 
attorney's office refused our complaints so we appealed to common 
pleas court.  Judge Frank Palumbo refused our complaints, adhering to 
assistant district attorney William James' arguments that it's been 
twenty-five years and "it wouldn't be in the interest of the 
commonwealth" to persue these charges.

This is not surprising but it is unacceptable and we are appealing 
Palumbo's decision.  There is no statute of limitations on murder in 
Pennsylvania and how can it not be in the interest of  the 
commonwealth, the people, to prosecute obvious murderers?

The MOVE 9 have been in prison for thirty-two years for the false 
accusation of killing a cop even though officials destroyed the scene 
of the crime within hours of arresting my family and even though the 
trial judge stated after convicting and sentencing my family to 
thirty to one-hundred years that he didn't have the faintest idea who 
killed that cop and the trajectory of the fatal bullet proves that 
MOVE didn't kill him.   The murder of my family was witnessed around 
the world.  There is no question about who murdered innocent MOVE 
family members yet the district attorney's office refuses to 
prosecute these official murderers.

The district attorney's office fights everyday to prosecute people, 
even when they have little to no evidence against the person.  In 
this case, however, the district attorney's office is fighting tooth 
and nail to keep from prosecuting these official 
murderers.  Why?  They are telling people very clearly that cops and 
officials can murder people, burn people alive, including babies, and 
not be held accountable but if anybody is even suspected of killing a 
cop or official they'll be hunted down and punished to the harshest 
extent possible.  People need to take this seriously and people 
should be outraged about it.

How many times does this system have to tell people that our lives 
are worth nothing, that only the lives of rich folks, cops and 
officials mean anything or are worth anything?  Officials accuse MOVE 
of being violent, confrontational and having no respect for their 
legal system.  MOVE have never been violent but we do believe in the 
instinctive right of self defense which has nothing at all to do with 
being violent.  We will always confront anybody that attacks us or 
tries to hurt us or any family member and I defy anybody to prove 
that to be wrong, and why would anybody have respect for a system 
that has always shown itself to be racist, unjust and vicious.

People wonder why we of MOVE take the strong position we do against 
this rotten system, why we come after it the way we do, well the 
position of district attorney Seth Williams and judge Frank Palumbo 
tells you why.

MOVE is always gonna fight injustice, we ain't never gonna stop, and 
if our enemy labels our fight criminal or illegal, so what.  What 
would you expect from your enemy?

For more info or to get involved, contact MOVE at 215 387-4107/ 
onamovellja at aol.com

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