[sixties-l] Fwd: Solidarity with Imam Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown)

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    > From: chris98@pacbell.net
    > Date: Sat, 27 May 2000 21:15:25 -0700
    > To: MumiaFriends@aspenlinx.com
    > Subject: Solidarity with Imam Jamil Al-Amin
    > Friends. Check this out. 'SNCC Anniversary Statement' & '10 Facts.'
    > ___________________________________________________________________
    > SNCC Anniversary Statement on Jamil Al-Amin
    > A Statement from friends and associates of Imam Jamil
    > Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) at the 40th Anniversary of
    > the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating
    > Committee:
    > April 16, 2000
    > Raleigh, N.C.
    > We are distressed by the recent arrest of our former
    > chairman and co-worker, Imam Jamil Abdullah Al Amin, whom we
    > knew as H.Rap Brown. Amin has been charged with the murder
    > of one Atlanta policeman and the wounding of another on
    > Thursday March 16th of this year.
    > The officers say they were attempting to serve what
    > authorities described as a "relatively inconsequential"
    > arrest warrant on Al Amin. But we wonder why the Atlanta
    > police would send heavily armed men, wearing flack jackets,
    > into Al Amin's neighborhood at 10 at night to serve such a
    > warrant. Additionally, why were 16 bounty hunters involved
    > in the "search" for a man whose whereabouts and regular
    > routines were well known?
    > We are also concerned by a number of glaring
    > discrepancies in the police version of events and what
    > appears to be a precipitous and uncritical rush to judgement
    > by the media. For example, in the immediate aftermath of the
    > shooting, the Atlanta police released in rapid succession
    > constantly changing and differing accounts of the incident.
    > The only constant in these changing official versions was
    > that the assailant had been so severely wounded as to have
    > left "a trail of blood" at the scene. Yet, four days later,
    > when Imam Al-Amin was arrested in Alabama, he was found to
    > be completely free of physical injury!
    > What most distresses us is that the facts as alleged
    > are so completely out of character for the man we knew. For
    > twenty years our brother has been a serious student of
    > religion, a devout spiritual teacher, and public spirited
    > community leader. Nationally, he is highly regarded by the
    > council on American-Islamic Relations which in 1985
    > described him as "one of the Muslim community's leading
    > figures."
    > We ourselves know him as a principled, compassionate
    > man committed to justice for his people and devoted to the
    > moral welfare of his constituency. Consequently, these
    > allegations are totally contrary to the character of the man
    > we know and greatly respect.
    > In the Sixties, Rap Brown was hounded by authorities
    > for his militant defense of all forms of black protest.
    > Moreover, five years ago police pressured an Atlanta
    > resident, who later recanted, into identifying Al-Amin as
    > the culprit in a shooting incident. Agents of the FBI, its
    > Domestic Terrorism Task Force, as well as agents of the
    > Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms converged in Atlanta
    > to arrest Al-Amin. In the absence of any evidence, the
    > charges were dropped. There has never been any satisfactory
    > explanation given for the presence and interest of this
    > array of federal forces in a "routine" local incident.
    > In the light of this past incident, the
    > inconsistencies in the accounts of the current case, and our
    > knowledge of his character, we urge a suspension of
    > judgement pending a thorough and complete investigation of
    > the events of March 16th.
    > ______________________________________________________________
    > Published by the
    > Coalition for Imam Jail Al-Amin, Metro Washington, D.C-Area.
    > Fact 1
    > In 1999, Imam Jamil was stopped while driving by Cobb County
    > Police. During the stop, the officers asked Imam Jamil for proof
    > of insurance of the vehicle he was driving. He had a valid
    > driver's license but no insurance. According to the Imam, when
    > he went to open his wallet, an officer spotted a metal badge.
    > The officer was informed by Imam Jamil that the badge was issued
    > to him by the city of White Hall, Alabama when that city's Mayor
    > appointed him to the city's auxiliary police force. At no time
    > did the Imam Jamil represent himself as an Atlanta police officer.
    > (*Source: Essay of Prof. Natsu Taylor Saito, Georgia State University
    > Law School, 3/20/2000)
    > Fact 2
    > During the stop, the Cobb County policeman a check on the car
    > Imam Jamil was driving and their records listed the car as stolen.
    > Imam Jamil provided the authorities with a bill of sale for the
    > car, yet the police nevertheless arrested him for receiving stolen
    > property. He was also charged with diving without insurance and
    > impersonating an officer. (*Source: Prof. Saito, 3/20/00)
    > Fact 3
    > Imam Jamil attempted to seek legal representation to have these
    > charges dismissed. Wanting to avoid a trial and the attendant
    > publicity, he offered to plead to reduced charges and a sentence
    > of a fine and community service. However, the District Attorney
    > initially insisted on a minimum sentence of two years in prison,
    > never offering a settlement without jail time. (*Source: Prof.
    > Saito, 3/20/00)
    > Fact 4
    > Imam Jamil missed a court appearance in January of this year, in
    > connection with these small, non violent charges. A bench warrant
    > was issued for his arrest. On March 16th, the day in which Muslims
    > from around the world were celebrating one of their two holy days
    > -- Eid Al Adha -- two police officers came to a store which was
    > owned by Imam Jamil to serve the warrant. (*Source: Prof. Saito,
    > 3/20/00)
    > Fact 5
    > There have been various reports of what lead up to the shooting.
    > Some claim that the deputies went to serve the warrant at a grocery
    > store in the Black community of West End which was owned by Imam
    > Jamil. Other reports, state that the officers went to Imam Jamil's
    > home. Still others state that the officers knocked on the door of
    > Al-Amin's store, got no answer, walked away, drove around the
    > neighborhood, and then returned to the store. (*Sources: Prof.
    > Saito, 3/20/00; Atlanta Journal Constitution, "FBI Issues Warrant
    > for Al-Amin," 3/18/00)
    > Fact 6
    > There have also been inconsistencies in statements concerning how
    > the shooting occurred. Some reports claim that the police officers
    > were confronted with a man near a Black Mercedes Benz, near the
    > store (Imam Jamil does not own such a car). When they asked this man
    > to show his hands, the man fired upon the officers. Another report
    > states that the man was inside the car and when asked to show his
    > hands, the driver fired upon the Police. (*Sources: Prof. Saito,
    > 3/20/00; Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Sheriff: Deputies blindsided
    > by attack," 3/18/00)
    > Fact 7
    > The shooting occurred at nighttime, around 10 P.M., in a inner city
    > neighborhood. Initially, the surviving deputy could not identify his
    > assailant, but nonetheless a nationwide man-hunt for Imam Jamil was
    > announced. The following day, in between operations, the deputy
    > identified Imam Jamil from a photograph shown to him at the hospital.
    > Despite these inconsistencies, the media reported that the
    > surviving police officer "positively identified Imam Jamil."
    > (*Sources: Prof. Saito, 3/20/00; Atlanta Journal Constitution,
    > Sheriff: Deputies blindsided by attack," 3/18/00)
    > Fact 8
    > Atlanta and Fulton County police wrongly told the media Thursday
    > night that the warrant which the police had sought to serve upon
    > Imam Jamil was for aggravated assault. They now admit that the
    > information they put out was false. (*Sources: Atlanta Journal
    > Constitution, "Sheriff: Deputies blindsided by attack," 3/18/00;
    > Hype Newswire "Media's Rush to Judgement in the H. Rap Brown -
    > Al-Amin Case," Mar. 2000)
    > Fact 9
    > The Fulton County Police reported that the "shooter" had been
    > wounded and that they were following a trail of blood. Some reports
    > claimed that the blood was identified as that from Imam Jamil.
    > However, medical officials have now verified that Imam Jamil is not
    > wounded and thus the blood trail could not have come from him.
    > (*Sources: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Police doubt bloodstains
    > linked to Al-Amin case," 3/24/00)
    > Fact 10
    > Imam Jamil stated that this incident was a part of a government
    > conspiracy. This would not be the first. On August 7, 1995, Imam
    > Jamil Al-Amin, while driving his son to school, was arrested in
    > connection with the July shooting of a young man in Atlanta. After
    > the arrest, the police interrogated his 7-year-old son for six hours
    > before notifying someone to pick up the child. The victim initially
    > pointed to Imam Jamil as being his assailant. Later, in a news
    > Conference in Washington, D.C., this young man announced that he
    > did not know who wounded him and that the police pressured him into
    > making the identification. (Sources: Prof. Saito, 3/20/00;
    > Washington Post, "60's militant arrested in Alabama," 3/21/00,
    > "Al-Amin Calls Slaying Case A Government Conspiracy', 3/22/00)

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