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    Geronimo Pratt Dead At 63
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    LOS ANGELES — Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, a former Black Panther Party leader who spent 27 years in prison on a California murder conviction that was later overturned, has died at the age of 63 in his adopted home of Tanzania.

    Pratt died early Friday at home in Imbaseni village, 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Arusha, Tanzania, where he had lived for at least half a decade, said a friend in Arusha, former Black Panther Pete O'Neal.

    Pratt's name and his long-fought case with its political backdrop became emblematic of a tumultuous era in American history when the beret-wearing Panthers raised their fists in defiance and carried big guns, striking fear in white America.

    The party, founded by Huey Newton in Oakland, Calif., in 1966, was targeted by late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in a program which sent infiltrators into their gatherings and recruited informants. One of them, Julius Butler, was the key witness against Pratt when he was charged in 1968 with the Santa Monica tennis court shooting of school teacher Caroline Olson.

    Pratt, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, said he was innocent and maintained there were audiotapes that would prove he had been at a Black Panther meeting in Oakland the day of the killing. His lawyers later said that FBI agents and police hid and possibly destroyed wiretap evidence from the meeting which they had under surveillance.

    His conviction in 1972 came during a period of turmoil marked by shootouts between police and Black Panthers, and the trial of activist professor Angela Davis, who was accused of providing guns for Black Panthers in a Marin County, Calif., courthouse shooting. She was acquitted of murder charges in a high-profile trial.

    Although the Panthers were associated with violence, they also established free breakfast programs for poor children, health clinics and pest-control services for those who needed them.

    It was their high-profile appearances bearing rifles – often licensed and legal – and gun battles with police, which took lives on both sides, that fueled their legend.

    In 1967, the FBI launched a counterintelligence program – COINTELPRO – against what it termed "black hate groups" as well as other activists such as the Weathermen and the Socialist Workers Party.

    Agents were assigned to "expose, disrupt, misdirect, or otherwise neutralize the activities of black nationalists," Hoover said in a once-classified memo to field agents.

    The program's most controversial efforts may have been instigating a bloody feud between the Panthers in Los Angeles and a rival black organization known as US.

    For years, Pratt supporters including well-known civil rights activists pressed for his release to no avail. But two lawyers, Stuart Hanlon and Johnnie L. Cochran, were relentless in pursuing the case. Each time they were turned down, they filed new motions. In 1997, they won.

    Superior Court Judge Everett Dickey granted him a new trial, saying the credibility of prosecution witness Butler – who testified that Pratt had confessed to him – could have been undermined if the jury had known of his relationship with law enforcement. Pratt was freed later that month.

    Cochran, best known for representing such clients as O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson, called the day Pratt's freedom was secured "the happiest day of my life practicing law."

    Prosecutors announced two years later that they would abandon efforts to retry Pratt. But they never acknowledged he was wrongly convicted.

    During the remaining 14 years of his life, Pratt divided his time between his home in Louisiana and his adopted home in Tanzania, according to his associates there.

    Hanlon, the San Francisco attorney who helped Pratt win his freedom, told The Associated Press that Pratt refused to carry resentment over his treatment by the legal system. .

    "He had no anger, he had no bitterness, he had no desire for revenge. He wanted to resume his life and have children," he said. "He would never look back."

    Pratt worked with the United African Alliance Community Center in Arusha for the last nine years that he lived in the community, which sits near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, said O'Neal, who founded the organization 20 years ago to empower youth.

    "He's my hero. He was and will continue to be," O'Neal said. "Geronimo was a symbol of steadfast resistance against all that is considered wrong and improper. His whole life was dedicated to standing in opposition to oppression and exploitation. ... He gave all that he had and his life, I believe, struggling, trying to help people lift themselves up."

    O'Neal said that Pratt, who suffered from high blood pressure, may have suffered a heart attack or stroke.

    When he learned he would not be tried again in Los Angeles, Pratt said he was relieved that Los Angeles County prosecutors had "come to their senses."

    "But, I am not relieved in that they did not come clean all the way in exposing their complicity with this frame-u.p, this 27-year trauma," he added.

    He settled a false-imprisonment and civil rights lawsuit against the FBI and city of Los Angeles for $4.5 million in 2000.





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    [QUOTE="Kemetstry, post: 919935, member: 46" Geronimo Pratt Dead At 63
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    LOS ANGELES — Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, a former Black Panther Party leader who spent 27 years in prison on a California murder conviction that was later overturned, has died at the age of 63 in his adopted home of Tanzania.

    Pratt died early Friday at home in Imbaseni village, 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Arusha, Tanzania, where he had lived for at least half a decade, said a friend in Arusha, former Black Panther Pete O'Neal.

    Pratt's name and his long-fought case with its political backdrop became emblematic of a tumultuous era in American history when the beret-wearing Panthers raised their fists in defiance and carried big guns, striking fear in white America.

    The party, founded by Huey Newton in Oakland, Calif., in 1966, was targeted by late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in a program which sent infiltrators into their gatherings and recruited informants. One of them, Julius Butler, was the key witness against Pratt when he was charged in 1968 with the Santa Monica tennis court shooting of school teacher Caroline Olson.

    Pratt, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, said he was innocent and maintained there were audiotapes that would prove he had been at a Black Panther meeting in Oakland the day of the killing. His lawyers later said that FBI agents and police hid and possibly destroyed wiretap evidence from the meeting which they had under surveillance.

    His conviction in 1972 came during a period of turmoil marked by shootouts between police and Black Panthers, and the trial of activist professor Angela Davis, who was accused of providing guns for Black Panthers in a Marin County, Calif., courthouse shooting. She was acquitted of murder charges in a high-profile trial.

    Although the Panthers were associated with violence, they also established free breakfast programs for poor children, health clinics and pest-control services for those who needed them.

    It was their high-profile appearances bearing rifles – often licensed and legal – and gun battles with police, which took lives on both sides, that fueled their legend.

    In 1967, the FBI launched a counterintelligence program – COINTELPRO – against what it termed "black hate groups" as well as other activists such as the Weathermen and the Socialist Workers Party.

    Agents were assigned to "expose, disrupt, misdirect, or otherwise neutralize the activities of black nationalists," Hoover said in a once-classified memo to field agents.

    The program's most controversial efforts may have been instigating a bloody feud between the Panthers in Los Angeles and a rival black organization known as US.

    For years, Pratt supporters including well-known civil rights activists pressed for his release to no avail. But two lawyers, Stuart Hanlon and Johnnie L. Cochran, were relentless in pursuing the case. Each time they were turned down, they filed new motions. In 1997, they won.

    Superior Court Judge Everett Dickey granted him a new trial, saying the credibility of prosecution witness Butler – who testified that Pratt had confessed to him – could have been undermined if the jury had known of his relationship with law enforcement. Pratt was freed later that month.

    Cochran, best known for representing such clients as O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson, called the day Pratt's freedom was secured "the happiest day of my life practicing law."

    Prosecutors announced two years later that they would abandon efforts to retry Pratt. But they never acknowledged he was wrongly convicted.

    During the remaining 14 years of his life, Pratt divided his time between his home in Louisiana and his adopted home in Tanzania, according to his associates there.

    Hanlon, the San Francisco attorney who helped Pratt win his freedom, told The Associated Press that Pratt refused to carry resentment over his treatment by the legal system. .

    "He had no anger, he had no bitterness, he had no desire for revenge. He wanted to resume his life and have children," he said. "He would never look back."

    Pratt worked with the United African Alliance Community Center in Arusha for the last nine years that he lived in the community, which sits near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, said O'Neal, who founded the organization 20 years ago to empower youth.

    "He's my hero. He was and will continue to be," O'Neal said. "Geronimo was a symbol of steadfast resistance against all that is considered wrong and improper. His whole life was dedicated to standing in opposition to oppression and exploitation. ... He gave all that he had and his life, I believe, struggling, trying to help people lift themselves up."

    O'Neal said that Pratt, who suffered from high blood pressure, may have suffered a heart attack or stroke.

    When he learned he would not be tried again in Los Angeles, Pratt said he was relieved that Los Angeles County prosecutors had "come to their senses."

    "But, I am not relieved in that they did not come clean all the way in exposing their complicity with this frame-u.p, this 27-year trauma," he added.

    He settled a false-imprisonment and civil rights lawsuit against the FBI and city of Los Angeles for $4.5 million in 2000.

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    But in the real world this GRIEF just isn't going away, is it?

    A Cleveland police officer has been found not guilty in the death of 2 unarmed people, who had a total of 137 shots fired into their car


    Could only be justified if proof was produced in court with regard to this particular police officer not firing any shots at all from his gun, whereas if he did fire any, how on Earth could he be not guilty of not being part of a so obviously maliciously EVIL firing squad/MURDEROUS public executioners?

    What about the manner in which we’ve been covertly warred on by the European collective as standard for over 2000 years, in the most despicably cowardly onslaught on the historical record; [in that when has WAR on Africa/Africans EVER been openly declared as opposed to constantly waged] they have ALWAYS warred with each other as standard as opposed to the hype some of the truly lost/clueless among us are projecting/promoting with regard to the USA/EEC being the template/WAY TO GO for Africa in the 21st century?

    Aren’t non-whites in general, we peoples of African ethnicity specifically in the UK, USA, the rest of the Diaspora and Africa all frontline soldiers in a War that has NEVER EVER been openly declared then [from 3000 BCE] or now by THESE so despicably cowardly Semitic/White PARASITES, just very very efficiently waged/they JUST DO IT as underlined by maliciously EVIL murders of unarmed people in our communities in the USA/UK specifically ALWAYS going completely unpunished by their so fundamentally corrupt institutionally RACIST judiciary [to constantly remind/emasculate us with regard to the fact that SLAVERY isn’t over, whites can still murder us without being in any way sanctioned or jailed]?

    Do LUNATICS KNOW that they are MAD as highlighted by the current POWER ELITE’s focus on deploying their CHAOS MACHINE template on our communities in the USA, UK and the rest of the Diaspora and worldwide [which has for over 50 years and still is so efficiently looting the Congo and other resource rich regions of Africa that it has subsequently been exported to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria despite Iran still being their primary target in the region] as opposed to rationally facilitating the spiritual and intellectual elevation ALL of Humanity to fully develop themselves/ transform this planet into a real HEAVEN; where we all live in peace and prosperous security as is OUR birth right [not just the LUCIFERIAN LUNATICS inc/POWER ELITE and their lackeys/cohorts of many hues] as the ORIGINAL MAN?


    Isn’t ANYONE who genuinely believes they are not programmed
    graphically illustrating that their programming is COMPLETE?

     
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    The Cleveland cop was over charged. You could never prove he fired the fatal shots. But he could have been charge with something that would have gotten a conviction and put the others on notice.





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    But in the real world this GRIEF just isn't going away, is it?

    A Cleveland police officer has been found not guilty in the death of 2 unarmed people, who had a total of 137 shots fired into their car

    Could only be justified if proof was produced in court with regard to this particular police officer not firing any shots at all from his gun, whereas if he did fire any, how on Earth could he be not guilty of not being part of a so obviously maliciously EVIL firing squad/MURDEROUS public executioners?

    [QUOTE="Kemetstry, post: 920031, member: 46" The Cleveland cop was over charged. You could never prove he fired the fatal shots. But he could have been charge with something that would have gotten a conviction and put the others on notice.
    /QUOTE] YOU and I KNOW that ALL of those so despicably COWARDLY WHITE PIGS are going to be found not guilty by the USA's so consistently White Supremacist Racist Judiciary, whereas had half a dozen Blacks used their guns to execute 2 unarmed whites in this manner, they too could get away with it [on the technicality of who actually fired the fatal shots], could they?

    Isn’t ANYONE who genuinely believes they are not programmed
    graphically illustrating that their programming is COMPLETE?


     
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    Agreed





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    But in the real world this GRIEF just isn't going away, is it?

    A Cleveland police officer has been found not guilty in the death of 2 unarmed people, who had a total of 137 shots fired into their car

    Could only be justified if proof was produced in court with regard to this particular police officer not firing any shots at all from his gun, whereas if he did fire any, how on Earth could he be not guilty of not being part of a so obviously maliciously EVIL firing squad/MURDEROUS public executioners?

    [QUOTE="Kemetstry, post: 920031, member: 46" The Cleveland cop was over charged. You could never prove he fired the fatal shots. But he could have been charge with something that would have gotten a conviction and put the others on notice.
    /QUOTE] YOU and I KNOW that ALL of those so despicably COWARDLY WHITE PIGS are going to be found not guilty by the USA's so consistently White Supremacist Racist Judiciary, whereas had half a dozen Blacks used their guns to execute 2 unarmed whites in this manner, they too could get away with it [on the technicality of who actually fired the fatal shots], could they?

    [QUOTE="Kemetstry, post: 920031, member: 46" Agreed.

    Isn’t the core of the grief we’re all existing/having to cope with in the 21st century Kemetstry, created by/due to the European collective ethos/asilli being intrinsically warped/ consistently spiritually and intellectually alienated as it was from the outset/is STILL based on the so very obviously CLUELESS Platonic conceit/concept of OBJECTIVITY, along with Plato’s higher mind [Europeans] v limbic brain [the rest of humanity] DRIVEL?

    Objectivity blended with egomaniacal elitism has been the intellectual engine driving Europeans ongoing onslaught on the rest of the human family, as aren’t their elite of very deluded LUNATICS fundamentally warped, genuinely stunted which is why for the most part THEY can only relate to elevated/super intelligence being utilized in a mega/ arch manner to totally dominate and control everyone and thing on this planet [due to gauging the rest of us by their own so consistently SICK behaviour over the last 2000 years], as opposed to discretely spiritually and intellectually elevating ALL of Humanity into the KNOWING zone, our collective birthright as members of the human family?


    Isn’t ANYONE who genuinely believes they are not programmed
    graphically illustrating that their programming is COMPLETE?

     
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    More like they do it because they can





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    But in the real world this GRIEF just isn't going away, is it?

    A Cleveland police officer has been found not guilty in the death of 2 unarmed people, who had a total of 137 shots fired into their car

    Could only be justified if proof was produced in court with regard to this particular police officer not firing any shots at all from his gun, whereas if he did fire any, how on Earth could he be not guilty of not being part of a so obviously maliciously EVIL firing squad/MURDEROUS public executioners?

    [QUOTE="Kemetstry, post: 920031, member: 46" The Cleveland cop was over charged. You could never prove he fired the fatal shots. But he could have been charge with something that would have gotten a conviction and put the others on notice.
    /QUOTE] YOU and I KNOW that ALL of those so despicably COWARDLY WHITE PIGS are going to be found not guilty by the USA's so consistently White Supremacist Racist Judiciary, whereas had half a dozen Blacks used their guns to execute 2 unarmed whites in this manner, they too could get away with it [on the technicality of who actually fired the fatal shots], could they?

    [QUOTE="Kemetstry, post: 920031, member: 46" Agreed.
    Isn’t the core of the grief we’re all existing/having to cope with in the 21st century Kemetstry, created by/due to the European collective ethos/asilli being intrinsically warped/ consistently spiritually and intellectually alienated as it was from the outset/is STILL based on the so very obviously CLUELESS Platonic conceit/concept of OBJECTIVITY, along with Plato’s higher mind [Europeans] v limbic brain [the rest of humanity] DRIVEL?

    Objectivity blended with egomaniacal elitism has been the intellectual engine driving Europeans ongoing onslaught on the rest of the human family, as aren’t their elite of very deluded LUNATICS fundamentally warped, genuinely stunted which is why for the most part THEY can only relate to elevated/ super intelligence being utilized in a mega/ arch manner to totally dominate and control everyone and thing on this planet [due to gauging the rest of us by their own so consistently SICK behaviour over the last 2000 years], as opposed to discretely spiritually and intellectually elevating ALL of Humanity into the KNOWING zone, our collective birthright as members of the human family?


    More like they do it because they can So do YOU truly believe that THEY are all happy existing in such a spiritually and intellectually alienated manner, constantly attempting to maintain the deluded LIE with regard to being the head of the human family/ Supreme as opposed to the reality of not being much more than the afterbirth?

    When people continue to do the same things over and over. One must believe, that's who they really are Maybe, but if you were run over by someone driving a car, wouldn't you subsequently pursue the driver [their POWER ELITE/Leaders] of the car that injured you as opposed to every car that you encountered [the white masses]?

    Isn’t ANYONE who genuinely believes they are not programmed
    graphically illustrating that their programming is COMPLETE?
     
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