Today in history: June 10, 1997 - Geronimo ji-Jaga Pratt released from prison after serving 27 years for a crime he did not commit.
He was a high-ranking member of the Black Panther Party. The FBI targeted him in a COINTELPRO operation, which aimed to “neutralize Pratt as an effective BPP functionary.” Pratt was tried and convicted of the kidnap and murder of Caroline Olsen in 1972, and spent 27 years in prison, eight of which were in solitary confinement.
Pratt was freed in 1997 when his conviction was vacated on the grounds that the prosecution had concealed evidence that might have influenced the jury’s verdict. He remained active in the movement up until the time of his death. He died of a heart attack in his adopted country, Tanzania, on June 2, 2011.
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)