Benefit Soul Food Dinner and Concert for the San Francisco 8
Kansas Mutual Aid
- Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, 7 p.m.
- Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave., Lawrence
- Cost: $5
- Age limit: All ages
From Kansas Mutual: Eight former Black Panthers were arrested January 23rd in California, New York and Florida on charges related to the 1971 killing of a San Francisco police officer. Similar charges were thrown out after it was revealed that police used torture to extract confessions when some of these same men were arrested in New Orleans in 1973.Richard Brown, Richard O'Neal, Ray Boudreaux, and Hank Jones were arrested in California. Francisco Torres was arrested in Queens, New York. Harold Taylor was arrested in Florida. Two men charged Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaqim have been held as political prisoners for over 30 years in New York State prisons. A ninth man -- Ronald Stanley Bridgeforth is still being sought. The men were charged with the murder of Sgt. John Young and 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. Such "evidence" is neither credible nor legal. Kansas Mutual Aid will be hosting an all you can eat Soul Food Dinner complete with live music and a screening of the documentary film about the cases, entitled "Legacy of Torture".More info about the cases: www.freethesf8.org