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INFO: attacks on former black panthers

Today, in the early hours the U.S. Government carried out a sweep across the country against former members of the Black Panther Party. The reason is their allege involvement in a police killing in San Francisco in 1971. 35 years later,members of the Black Liberation Movement are facing accusations that were dismissed many years ago after a judge determined that some statements had been obtained through torture
INFO: attacks on former black panthers

Today, in the early hours the U.S. Government carried out a sweep across the country against former members of the Black Panther Party. The reason is their allege involvement in a police killing in San Francisco in 1971. 35 years later,members of the Black Liberation Movement are facing accusations that were dismissed many years ago after a judge determined that some statements had been obtained through torture

Evidently, the COINTELPRO program, under whatever name it is called today is alive and well.

Over the days to come more facts will be known and many lies will be perpetuated as facts by the main stream press

The actions carried out today were one more attack against the people that have been a part of the Liberation Forces in this country. They are an attack against our families & friends, our community and our people.

We must stand as such and be preparer to defend them and support their families. We must look at these events with clarity and objectivity and place them in the context of the present political reality.
We must be prepared to act as those arrested, their defense attorneys & their families make a determination as to how they want to go forward in their defense. Please get ready for much work and difficult struggles. Remember Mumia Abu-Jamal whos been on death row for decades but is alive and one day will be Free.

In Struggle
Free all Political Prisoners

(Please read articles below)


8 arrests in 1971 police killing in S.F.
By MARCUS WOHLSEN, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 12 minutes ago

Eight men were arrested Tuesday in the 1971 killing of a police officer that authorities say was part of a black power group's five-year effort to attack and kill law enforcement officers in San Francisco and New York.
Police said seven of the eight are believed to be former members of the Black Liberation Army, an offshoot of the Black Panther Party.
The Aug. 29, 1971, shooting death of Sgt. John V. Young, 51, at a San Francisco police station was one in a series of attacks by BLA members on law enforcement officials on both coasts, police said.
The attacks, carried out between 1968 and 1973, also included the bombing of a police funeral in San Francisco and the slayings of two New York City police officers, as well as three armed bank robberies, police said.
The investigation of the killing spree was reopened in 1999 after "advances in forensic science led to the discovery of new evidence in one of the unsolved cases," according to a news release from the San Francisco Police Department.
Police declined to elaborate on the evidence. "It could be fibers. It could be DNA. It could be other biological evidence," said Morris Tabak, the department's deputy chief of investigations.
Authorities said charges of murder and conspiracy were filed against Ray Michael Boudreaux, 64, of Altadena; Richard Brown, 65, of San Francisco; Herman Bell, 59, and Anthony Bottom, 55, both currently incarcerated in New York state; Henry Watson Jones, 71, of Altadena; Francisco Torres, 58, of New York City; and Harold Taylor, 58, of Panama City, Fla.
San Francisco attorney Stuart Hanlon, who represents Bell, called Tuesday's arrests a "prosecution based on vengeance and hate from the '60s."
"There's a law enforcement attitude that they hate these people, the Panthers," Hanlon said. "Now they're going after old men."
Richard O'Neal, 57, of San Francisco, was also arrested on conspiracy charges. He is not believed to have been a member of the Black Liberation Army.
A ninth suspect, Ronald Stanley Bridgeforth, 62, was still being sought on murder and conspiracy charges, police said. Police say he could be in France, Belize or Tanzania.
The slain officer was killed when two men raided a neighborhood police station, firing a shotgun through a hole in a bulletproof window. A civilian clerk was wounded.
Three men, including Taylor, were charged in the attack in early 1975. However, those charges were dismissed by a San Francisco judge because of an earlier ruling that evidence was obtained by torture after the suspects were arrested in New Orleans.
Bell and Bottom are each serving life sentences for the killings of two New York police officers.
Another suspect in Young's murder, John Bowman of Oklahoma, died in December, according to his lawyer, Ann Moorman of Ukiah.
Associated Press Writers Kim Curtis and Juliana Barbassa in San Francisco and Tom Hays in New York City contributed to this report.

Subject: [newafrika] Panthers Under Attack - Six
> arrested for a 26 yr old case
> Attached is a brochure on these brothers
> > SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- Across the nation, six
> > suspects wanted in
> > connection with the fatal shooting of a San
> > Francisco police officer
> > inside a police station 35 years ago were arrested
> > this morning.
> >
> > KCBS' Bob Melrose reports two of those arrests
> were
> > made before dawn in
> > San Francisco. Two other suspects were arrested in
> > Los Angeles, one in
> > Florida, and one in New York, according to the
> FBI.
> >
> > *In a legal filing revealed last week, the state
> > attorney general hinted
> > as many as nine people in all could be charged in
> > the August, 1971
> > murder of Sgt. John Young. *
> >
> > *Two of those suspects were already in custody in
> > New York, one serving
> > a lengthy prison sentence, the FBI said, adding
> that
> > the ninth suspect
> > had fled the country. *
> >
> > Last year, two grand juries were impaneled to
> > investigate the events
> > surrounding Young's death. He died when five men
> > rushed into Ingleside
> > Station and shots were fired through the speaking
> > hole of bullet proof
> > glass in the station's lobby.
> >
> > A civilian clerk was also injured by the gunfire.
> > All of the suspects
> > escaped.
> >
> > Authorities sought charges against members of the
> > Black Panther Party
> > and a violent splinter group, the Black Liberation
> > Army. But a judge
> > dismissed the case after a judge determined police
> > had used torture
> > while interviewing suspects.
> >
> > KCBS' Bob Melrose reports one of the suspects
> taken
> > into custody this
> > morning was arrested in the 700 block of
> McAllister
> > Street.
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> > Monifa Bandele wrote:
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> > > FOUR arrested
> > > Hank Jones
> > > Richard Brown
> > > Cisco Torres
> > > Harrold Taylor
> > >
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> > > > Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Nancy
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> > > > alert us to this.
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> > > > 2 arrested in '71 murder of SF officer
> > > >
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> > > >
> > > > *(01-23) 07:59 PST SAN FRANCISCO* -- Two men
> > were
> > > > arrested this morning
> > > > in San Francisco in connection with the 1971
> > murder
> > > > of San Francisco
> > > > Police Sgt. John V. Young, police said.
> > > >
> > > > The arrests occurred shortly after 6 a.m.,
> > police
> > > > said. Sgt. Neville
> > > > Gittens, a department spokesman, offered no
> > other
> > > > details on the
> > > > arrests, but said police would most likely
> > release
> > > > more information
> > > > later this morning.
> > > >
> > > > Television news reports indicated that one of
> > the
> > > > men had been taken
> > > > into custody in the Western Addition
> > neighborhood.
> > > >
> > > > Young was killed on Feb. 16, 1971, when two
> men
> > > > burst into Ingleside
> > > > Police Station and fired a shotgun through a
> > hold in
> > > > a bulletproof glass
> > > > window. A civilian clerk was also wounded in
> the
> > > > incident.
> > > >
> > > > Authorities have long believed that the
> > attackers
> > > > had links to radical
> > > > groups and that the murder was connected to a
> > Feb.
> > > > 16, 1970 attack in
> > > > which a bomb was planted at Park Police
> Station.
> > > > Sgt. Brian McDonnell,
> > > > 44, was killed in that bombing, and eight
> > officers
> > > > were additionally
> > > > injured.
> > > >
> > > > Several people have been arrested over the
> years
> > in
> > > > connection with the
> > > > attacks, but the investigation stalled over
> the
> > > > years. In 1974, a court
> > > > ruled that police in both San Francisco and
> New
> > > > Orleans had engaged in
> > > > what amounted to torture to extract a
> confession
> > > > from one of several men
> > > > arrested in New Orleans in connection with
> > Young's
> > > > death.
> > > >
> > > > In 1975, three men were charged with the 1971
> > > > attack, but a San
> > > > Francisco judge dismissed the charges the next
> > year,
> > > > based on the 1974
> > > > ruling that police had tortured one of the
> men.
> > > >
> > > > A grand jury convened in San Francisco two
> years
> > ago
> > > > to reopen the probe
> > > > into both Young's killing and McDonnell's
> > murder.
> > > >
> > > > At least a dozen people -- including former
> > > > political activists and
> > > > members of black radical groups -- were
> > subpoenaed
> > > > by the grand jury in
> > > > 2005 and offered limited immunity from
> > prosecution
> > > > in exchange for their
> > > > testimony.
> > > >
> > > > Four people, including two self-described
> former
> > > > Black Panthers, were
> > > > jailed for contempt of court for refusing to
> > testify
> > > > in front of the
> > > > grand jury.
> > > >

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Murder Charges Against Former Black Panthers Based on Confessions
Extracted by Torture

Friday, January 26th, 2007

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. [includes rush transcript]

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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AMY GOODMAN: Joining me now are two attorneys who are involved in this
case. Stuart Hanlon is in San Francisco. Michael Warren is with me here
in New York. Stuart Hanlon represents Herman Bell, and Michael Warren
represents Francisco Torres. Michael Warren, let's start with this
latest news of the arrests.

MICHAEL WARREN: Yes. Mr. Torres was arrested at the first part of this
week at his home in Queens and taken to court -- actually he was taken
initially to the 1 Police Plaza, then taken to court, where he appeared
on an extradition warrant -- the initial stages of an extradition
warrant hearing. Extradition was not waived. We are fighting
extradition, and we are now awaiting a governor's warrant, which is
supposed to be produced by the state of California. The case has been
adjourned to March 6 for the production of the governor's warrant.

AMY GOODMAN: Stuart Hanlon, the background on this case? I mean, we're
talking about a police killing in 1971. This is well over 30 years later.

STUART HANLON: Well, the background pretty much is, the case occurred --
you know, it was a pretty awful crime. It was the assassination of a
policeman who was sitting in a station. But the point was they didn't
have any evidence, and they investigated and they tortured witnesses in
New Orleans. They tortured defendants, and cases were thrown out because
of torture. And people have to understand this is actual torture with
cattle prods by New Orleans policemen, where San Francisco policemen
were sitting outside the room, obviously knowing what was going on to
get information. And we've learned certainly in the last couple years
around the world, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, torture doesn't lead to the
truth. It leads to what the torturers want to hear. And that's where
they got false statements, false confessions, and judges across the
country threw these statements out for various reasons, the bottom line
being torture, and the case seemed to have ended. They couldn't find the
people who had actually done the crime. And that's the background, where
the police started investigating again pretty seriously about five or
six years ago.

AMY GOODMAN: I want to play for a moment an excerpt of a new documentary
called Legacy of Torture: The War Against the Black Liberation Movement.
It was produced by the Freedom Archives. The documentary includes
interviews with Harold Taylor and John Bowman, about being tortured by
police in New Orleans, as well as dramatized scenes depicting the abuse
they suffered. Taylor was arrested Tuesday for the killing of the San
Francisco police officer. Police allege the late Bowman was also
involved in the killing. He died in December. This excerpt begins with
Harold Taylor.

HAROLD TAYLOR: I was in there for maybe five minutes, when the door
opened. Three police officers of New Orleans came in, dragging me out by
my heels, took me to a chair, where they handcuffed me to the chair and
handcuffed my ankles, my feet, to the bottom part of the chair. Without
asking any questions, they commenced beating me. They beat me, they
punched me, they kicked me, they spit on me. They called me a lot of
vile names. And then they told me that they was going to kill me if I
didn't cooperate with them.

JOHN BOWMAN: The New Orleans Police Department would come into the room.
A hot blanket would be taken from the bucket, dripping, hot and wet,
placed over my head, held there for -- I can't say whether it was
minutes or seconds. It felt like forever.

HAROLD TAYLOR: They came out with a plastic bag, put it over my head,
and they started beating me with the bag over my head. About the time I
was about to lose consciousness, about to pass out, they would snatch
the bag off, and while I'm trying to catch my breath, they would start
beating me again. So I asked them, I said, "Well, what do you want?" You
know, they just continued to go on whipping. They didn't ask me any more
questions. They didn't ask any questions, really.

Then, they came out with this cattle prod. I knew what it was, because
being off of a farm when I was a kid. My family used to go to Louisiana
every year to work on the family farm, and my uncles, they had a couple
-- we had some cows, and they used cattle prods to move those cows up
chutes and stuff like that. So I'd seen that, and I knew what it was.

JOHN BOWMAN: The cattle prod was placed on my genitals, placed in my
[expletive]hole, placed under my feet, placed under my arms.

HAROLD TAYLOR: Down on my private parts, under my neck, behind my ears,
down my back. I think I passed out one time, and they woke me back up,
and they had taken me to another room. Two detectives had me by one arm
-- by each arm, and a detective came out of nowhere and he just
cold-cocked me and knocked -- I mean, he knocked me straight out. I was

JOHN BOWMAN: Another instrument that was used during the questioning was
a ledger law book, and this ledger law book was used to hit me upside my
head at times when I was not giving the right answers that was script
for me.

HAROLD TAYLOR: They took me to a holding cell. They threw water on me. I
was soaking wet. It was cold. Pulled me out of there, maybe by 6:00 or
7:00 in the morning, and told me they had somebody they wanted me to
talk to and I better cooperate, and if I didn't, I was going to get more
of the same. So they put me in there. There was two detectives from San
Francisco. I later found out it was McCoy and Erdelatz. They started
asking me questions. They told me they had a script. I'm sure I saw a
recorder there, too. And they was reading to me about what they said
took place in San Francisco. I told them I had no knowledge of it.

It was back again with the plastic bag. This time they had a blanket. I
don't know what they soaked it in, but it was really, really hot, and
they just covered me with that blanket and put that plastic bag over my
head. And I couldn't scream, I couldn't holler. I couldn't get my hands
up to poke a hole in the bag, because I was handcuffed to the chair and
my legs were tied to the chair. And they kicked the chair over and let
me just suffocate. I was just about to pass out. They would snatch it
off, spit in my face, and they left me sitting there for a little while.

McCoy and Erdelatz, they started asking me questions. I had no knowledge
of the things they were asking me, so I couldn't answer them, you know.
So they said, "Well, we'll" -- they turned off the recorder or whatever
they had and said, "We'll tell you what happened. And then after we tell
you, this is what we want you to say."

JOHN BOWMAN: So I did make statements. I did waive my rights to an
attorney, which means I waived my Miranda rights. I did all of this
because of the physical aggression and the brutality that was being put
upon my body.

HAROLD TAYLOR: One got behind me, and he took his hands and he slapped
them like that over my ears. I couldn't hear nothing. My ears were just
ringing so bad. I could feel fluid running down the side of my face. And
they were talking to me, but I couldn't hear them. All I could her was
the ringing. Whenever they stood me up to make me walk, I couldn't walk.
They had to just kind of just carry me back into the other room. And
when they'd get me back in there, they would start again. And they beat,
and they beat, and they beat. Then Erdelatz and McCoy would come back
in, and they would kind of grin and laugh. They were all laughing. They
thought it was a lot of fun. I was a big joke. They started asking me
questions, so I started talking to them, telling them just like they --
I followed their whole script. Everything they told me to say, I said it
just like -- whatever Ruben told them, I repeated what Ruben said.

AMY GOODMAN: Former Black Panthers, Harold Taylor, who was just
arrested, and John Bowman, who died in December. This, an excerpt of a
new documentary called Legacy of Torture: The War Against the Black
Liberation Movement, produced by the Freedom Archives.

Stuart Hanlon, I wanted to ask you about court papers filed in the case
that were released Thursday, indicating a fingerprint on a cigarette
lighter, shotgun shells, an informant helped to lead to the arrests this
week. An affidavit filed with the court said in 2004 an FBI investigator
matched five of the fifteen shotgun cells recovered from the crime scene
to spent shells recovered from a shotgun found at Herman Bell's New
Orleans home in '73. But police are now saying they have since lost the
shotgun allegedly found at Bell's house. Your response?

STUART HANLON: It's fabricated evidence. What they're really saying is,
"We found a gun in Herman Bell's house, and we took it to New Orleans,
and we test fired it, and we sent the shells to San Francisco 30 years
ago, and all of a sudden we found out they match. But you can't test it
-- you can't test the truth of our allegations, because we lost the gun,
we lost the paperwork, we lost the proof of where we got it, we lost
everything but the result. And just trust us that we're not biased, that
we're fair, that we're going to produce real evidence in court. Trust
us." And it's a joke. It really was for the media and the public, and
not for court, because --

AMY GOODMAN: The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that ex-Black
Panther, Ruben Scott, is expected to testify against the arrested men.
He was arrested with Harold Taylor and John Bowman in '73 in New
Orleans. In the mid-'70s, Scott said he only agreed to speak to the
police after he was repeatedly tortured. Can you talk more about Scott
and his expected testimony?

STUART HANLON: Yeah. Ruben Scott was tortured in the same way Bowman and
Taylor were. They tortured him and broke him. He wouldn't testify at
first, and then they went and got him again and threatened him on a case
in New York. And he agreed finally, as a broken man and a tortured soul,
who had been the victim of torture, to testify. We have statements from
him that media took and he gave to lawyers, where he contradicted
everything he was going to say in court, where he said he said it
because he was tortured. And in the document you talked about, they
admit he was tortured, so I don't think we're ready in San Francisco to
convict somebody or a group of people, where there are political
motivations for the case on a witness who's been the victim of torture,
so that's not --

AMY GOODMAN: Michael Warren, we're going to end with you. We only have a
minute, but the larger context here, and can you talk about
Counterintelligence Program?

MICHAEL WARREN: I certainly can. People ask the question, why pick up
these men after they've been around, have not attempted to elude the
authorities, have led productive lives all these years? The reason why
is simply this: there are two questions that [inaudible] instructed.
John Ashcroft, shortly after he was appointed the Attorney General, made
a vow and a promise that he was going to go after as many ex-Black
Panthers as he possibly could. And that's when this program was
instituted. With respect to the Ingleside shooting and the killing of
the police officer there, there was an attempt many years ago to lift a
latent fingerprint. A latent fingerprint was lifted off of a lighter.
There was an attempt to match it to my client, Francisco Torres, and a
number of other people. Negative results. And those attempts continued
all the way up until 2002. And the fingerprint technician said that he
lost the -- when he checked the card, Francisco Torres, it was the wrong
fingerprint card. So we have a lot of inconsistencies, but the most
recent --

AMY GOODMAN: Ten seconds.

MICHAEL WARREN: The most recent reason, it relates to retaliation. These
men, after being tortured, and after the grand jury ended in 2006, went
on the road with the Center for Constitutional Rights and talked about
their torture, and we have seen some of that. And that's what this case
is about.

AMY GOODMAN: Michael Warren, Stuart Hanlon, thanks for joining us.

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supremacist intimidation 27.Jan.2007 21:22

theresa mitchell

There are Panthers in this town, and this is the time to take a stand with them.

This latest fascist front is a giveaway that the neonuts intend to soften up dissent generally, and especially Black dissent, prior to their global war effort later this year.

It's liberty or death time. Forget the career ladder.