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Author Topic: Framed, Railroaded to Prison for 27 Years; 'Panther' Geronimo Dies in Tanzania  (Read 1592 times)

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Despite prosecutorial misconduct and/or governmental collusion that resulted in an innocent man being convicted and serving 27 years hard time for a crime Geronimo could not possibly have committed - with exculpatory evidence and critical information withheld by the govt - no one has been charged and I doubt any serious investigation has been done re the wrong doing.

Now, Geronimo Pratt, at age 67, a US Army veteran, has died in Tanzania after receiving a $4.5 million settlement for wrongful actions leading to his conviction.

This is not a sophisticated website, but take some time to look around:
http://www.itsabouttimebpp.com/index_PhotoGallery.html

More sophisticated, but not as Authentic":
http://www.blackpanther.org/

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Pratt was arrested in 1970 and two years later convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1968 fatal shooting of Caroline Olsen and the serious wounding of her husband, Kenneth, in a robbery that netted $18. The case was overturned in 1997 by an Orange County Superior Court judge who ruled that prosecutors at Pratt's murder trial had concealed evidence that could have led to his acquittal.

A federal judge later approved a $4.5 million settlement in Pratt's false-imprisonment and civil rights lawsuit.

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-geronimo-pratt-20110603,0,4759784.story

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Hey UCHI, this is one example of those cases that fit the wrongfully and egregiously over zealous actions of the prosecution to "locked up" an innocent party for a crime they did not commit, that many of us alluded to in a previous forum discussion .

The sentencing of Geronimo Pratt was a straight racist act by the system to wrongfully put one man away due to his stance and influence over the public...   :nono2:
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Another insightful and informative piece on and tribute to Geronimo Pratt:

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The death of Geronimo needs to be a moment to not only mourn a courageous fighter but to instruct those who have or have had such strong illusions about the nature of democracy in the USA about one of the means through which dissent is and has been handled. Through the false testimony of a reported FBI informant, Geronimo was convicted and could have been given the death penalty. As it was, he lost 27 years of his life, all because of COINTELPRO.

At the height of the Panther's influence and note, it was quite common for those who warned of the danger of police/government infiltration of the Black Freedom Movement to be condemned as paranoid and chicken-littles. Yet the murder of Chicago Panther leader, Fred Hampton, and the imprisonment of Geronimo Pratt, to name only two victims of COINTELPRO, turned out to be startling evidence of relentless and uncontrolled use of the mechanisms of repression that the State was prepared to go to in the name of national security, but in fact as a means to crush dissent.
http://www.blackcommentator.com/430/430_aw_pratt_share.html

As well as the article on COINTELPRO referenced in that article:
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It is important for readers under 50 to understand the nature of COINTELPRO.  It was not a project aimed at gathering information, though certainly that was part of it.  It was a pro-active project aimed at destroying individuals and organizations.  The film takes us through various targets.  In addition to the Puerto Rican independence movement, COINTELPRO was most well known for having been used against the Panthers, the American Indian Movement, and also white student radicals, such as those in the original Students for a Democratic Society.  The tactics ranged.  They included the use of rumor-mongering and defamation (which is something that all progressives should guard against), blackmail, entrapment and murder.  Activists were sometimes tricked into illegal acts that they would have otherwise shunned by individuals who later turned out to be police agents.  In one of the most egregious cases, Illinois Panther leader Fred Hampton was drugged and then murdered by attacking Chicago Police in one of these operations.
http://www.blackcommentator.com/424/424_aw_cointelpro_film_review_share.html

For those who would like a sense of how far the FBI and the govt were willing to go in terms of deviousness:
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........I visited the Mount Vernon, New York offices of the local Panther chapter and stumbled across something that was called The Black Panther Coloring Book.  The book was targeted at young children and, among other things, it showed children shooting police (the police were drawn as pigs with police uniforms).  Though I had no great love for the police I was very much taken aback by this, especially since this was supposed to be a children’s book. Years later I found out that the book had not been produced by the Panthers:  it was produced by provocateurs as part of what came to be known as the COINTELPRO (Counter-Intelligence Program) operation that the US government designed to, among other things, destroy the Panthers.  It was, however, made to look as if it had been produced by the Panthers and was, as a result, distributed by and within the Panther Party.
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I truly hope that judasgoat Juilius Carl Bulter rots in hell for lying on Brother Pratt....




R.I.P. Brother Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt


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Hey UCHI, this is one example of those cases that fit the wrongfully and egregiously over zealous actions of the prosecution to "locked up" an innocent party for a crime they did not commit, that many of us alluded to in a previous forum discussion .

The sentencing of Geronimo Pratt was a straight racist act by the system to wrongfully put one man away due to his stance and influence over the public...   :nono2:
And why are so pointedly telling me this? GO VIKINGS!!!

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http://onnidan1.com/forum/index.php/topic,51935.0.html
You're right....then again some like OJ get off....at least for awhile. GO VIKINGS!!!
« Last Edit: June 21, 2011, 03:39:08 PM by uchighlander »

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You're right....then again some like OJ get off....at leadt for awhile. GO VIKINGS!!!

Robert Wagner and Robert Blake got off. Why ain'cha beyotchin' 'bout that?

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You're right....then again some like OJ get off....at leadt for awhile. GO VIKINGS!!!

Robert Wagner and Robert Blake got off. Why ain'cha beyotchin' 'bout that?

Do not forget these names.  Dynamite Bob Chambliss, Bobby Frank Cherry, and Sam Bowers stayed out of prison for years before being sent to prison for their crimes.  Let's not forget about the Emmitt Till case.

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http://onnidan1.com/forum/index.php/topic,51935.0.html
You're right....then again some like OJ get off....at leadt for awhile. GO VIKINGS!!!

Robert Wagner and Robert Blake got off. Why ain'cha beyotchin' 'bout that?

Do not forget these names.  Dynamite Bob Chambliss, Bobby Frank Cherry, and Sam Bowers stayed out of prison for years before being sent to prison for their crimes.  Let's not forget about the Emmitt Till case.

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http://onnidan1.com/forum/index.php/topic,51935.0.html
You're right....then again some like OJ get off....at leadt for awhile. GO VIKINGS!!!

Interesting that in THIS thread, you mention people getting off, but you choose not to say a single word about the FBI perjurer or the prosecutorial misconduct so blatant that a judge ordered a multi-million dollar award to the wrongfully convicted Pratt.   THEY got off!!

NOR do you mention that NOT A SINGLE PERSON (to my knowledge) has ever been convicted (OR EVEN CHARGED) in the entire history of COINTELPRO despite the murders, frame-ups and other crimes that were eventually uncovered and are now public knowledge.  THEY ALL GOT OFF!! 

highlander, I think you think you are fair-minded.  But I think you should think again.

They even named a building in DC in honor of the chief conspirator - Eddie Hoover, whose fairy hands were dripping with blood.

They should re-name it the Geronimo Pratt FBI Bldg!! 
That would give every FBI agent something to think about when they come to work in that building every day or when they come in from the field.
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highlander, I think you think you are fair-minded

HA!


 

 

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