[sixties-l] Former Black Panther jailed for life (fwd)

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    Former Black Panther jailed for life


    Al-Amin (aka H Rap Brown) speaking in the 1960s

    Thursday, 14 March, 2002

    A jury in Atlanta has sentenced a former US Black Panther leader to life
    imprisonment without parole for the murder of a sheriff's deputy.
    On Saturday, Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin - formerly known as H Rap Brown - was
    convicted by a jury of killing Deputy Ricky Kinchen and wounding Deputy
    Aldranon English in the city two years ago.

    But the jury appeared to heed calls for mercy and did not sentence Al-Amin
    to death.

    A former United Nations ambassador and mayor of Atlanta, Andrew Young, said
    the accused had done good works as a civil rights and community activist.

    "We must devote ourselves to giving life," he said. "Don't let violence or
    hatred take any more from us than it already has."

    Arrest that went wrong

    Al-Amin, 58, showed no emotion as judge Stephanie Manis read out the
    sentence in a packed courtroom.

    Al-Amin argued he had been the victim of a conspiracy

    The shooting had taken place when the officers were attempting to serve
    Al-Amin with an arrest warrant.

    The warrant was issued after Al-Amin failed to appear in court in January on
    charges of receiving stolen property and impersonating a police officer.

    Those charges stemmed from an incident in May 1999 in which Al-Amin was
    allegedly stopped in a stolen car and showed a police badge.

    When Al-Amin was arrested in White Hall, Alabama, a .223-calibre assault
    rifle and handgun were found in woods nearby.

    Past notoriety

    In the 1960s, Al-Amin became known across the US as the leader of the
    Student Non-Violent Co-ordinating Committee, a civil rights group which
    campaigned to end racial discrimination in the southern states.

    He later served as justice spokesman in the Black Panther movement.

    Over time Al-Amin became more and more militant. He once exhorted black
    Americans to arm themselves, saying, "Violence is as American as cherry

    In 1967, he was charged with inciting a riot in Cambridge, Maryland, where
    he had told supporters: "It's time for Cambridge to explode, baby. Black
    folks built America, and if America don't come around, we're going to burn
    America down."

    In the riot that followed, Al-Amin and a police officer were injured by
    gunfire, and a school and small area of the city were destroyed by fire.

    Al-Amin moved to Atlanta in 1976 after converting to Islam while serving
    five years in prison for his role in a robbery that ended in a shootout.

    In 1995, he was accused of aggravated assault after a man claimed he was
    shot by Al-Amin. The man later recanted, saying he was pressured by
    authorities to identify Al-Amin as the shooter.

    Al-Amin then became the spiritual leader of a mosque in the Atlanta and ran
    a small grocery shop.

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