[sixties-l] Fwd: L.A. settles with ex-Black Panther Geronimo Pratt

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Date: Wed Jul 19 2000 - 20:56:54 CUT

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    >July 17, 2000
    >L.A. settles with ex-Black Panther
    >Geronimo Pratt
    >Mike O'Sullivan
    >LOS ANGELES -- Friday, a chapter was closed from the turbulent
    >1960s when Los Angeles officials reached a settlement with a
    >former member Black radical who - according to the courts -- was
    >wrongly convicted of murder.
    >Los Angeles officials agreed to a $4.5 million settlement for Elmer
    >"Geronimo" Pratt.
    >The member of the radical Black Panther party spent 27 years in
    >prison for crime he says he did not commit.
    >Pratt says was attending a Black Panther meeting in Northern
    >California when a Los Angeles school teacher was robbed and shot
    >on a tennis court in 1968.
    >The woman's husband, who saw the killing, identified Pratt as the
    >assailant. But three years ago, his conviction was overturned after
    >the government said its chief witness was an informant for both
    >Los Angeles police and the FBI. Prosecutors earlier had denied
    >Under terms of the settlement, Pratt will receive nearly $3 million
    >from the city of Los Angeles and the remainder from the federal
    >Several local officials, including Los Angeles city councilman Nate
    >Holden, said the settlement is too low in view of what Pratt went
    >"His constitutional rights, civil rights, have been violated. He
    >should be compensated for that appropriately," Holden said.
    >Pratt has always maintained he was targeted by police because of
    >his radical connections.
    >Now 53, he lives in his home state of Louisiana.

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