(This post was written by Juan Manjivar, a sophomore at June Jordan School for Equity and an intern at the Freedom Archives.)
From watching The Legacy of Torture, I learned about a group of Black activists who were arrested in 1973 on suspicion that they were a part of a 1971 shooting in San Francisco. They were caught in New Orleans and then taken to jail cells. They were tortured into saying they were guilty.
Another thing I learned is that they never charged the police department for torturing the group of men. Even after a couple decades, there hasn’t been a trial against the torturers.
I think that the police who tortured them should be prosecuted. It is unbelievable that they were not charged. Racism was bad in those days, and what is hard to believe is that it still happens today.