Defending the SF8: Torture, Racism & Political Prosecutions

October 2, 2007

Eight former Black Panthers were arrested in January and charged with the murder of San Francisco Sgt. John Young in 1971 as well as conspiracy that encompasses numerous acts between 1968 and 1973.

Harold Taylor and John Bowman (recently deceased) as well as Ruben Scott (thought to be a government witness) were first charged in 1975. But a judge tossed out the charges, finding that Taylor and his two co-defendants made statements after police in New Orleans tortured them for several days employing electric shock, cattle prods, beatings, sensory deprivation, plastic bags and hot, wet blankets for asphyxiation.

All the men were victims at the time of the FBI Cointelpro program, and the governmental attack on the Black Panther Party and black leaders continues today.

Come out to hear revolutionary journalist and reporter for the San Francisco Bay View, Kiilu Nyahsa, as well as NLG Member, and attorney for Herman Bell, Stuart Hanlon, discuss the case.
Defending the SF8:
Torture, Racism & Political Prosecutions
Tuesday, October 2, 6 pm
Oakland Library - Rockridge Branch

Guild members will also be able to cast ballots for the Bay Area Chapter's Executive Board at this location from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. For more information on the election click here.