If what's happening today is not proof that legal lynching is still going on and history does't repeat itself here's a shortened version of the #SoledadBrothers .. The Soledad Brothers were three African men charged with the murder of a white prison guard at California’s Soledad Prison on January 16, 1970. George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgoole and John Clutchette were said to have murdered the guard in retaliation for the shooting deaths of three Black prisoners during a prison fight in the exercise yard three days prior by another guard.
Racial hostility was fostered and encouraged by the authorities, at Soledad prison, despite the extreme tension, on 13/01/1970, 14 Black an 2 white prisoners were released to the rec yard. No guard went with the prisoners into the yard. But one, widely known for his marksmanship, stood armed with a carbine rifle in the guntower overlooking the yard. According to prison authorities, a fight broke out. The guard immediately fired four shots, killing three Black prisoners an wounding one white.
Following the incident, thirteen Black prisoners began a hunger strike in the hopes of securing an investigation. On January 16, 1970, a Monterey County grand jury convened, and called the murders justifiable homicide”. No Blacks were permitted to testify, including those who had been in the recreation yard during the shooting. The accused men were brought in chains and shackles to two secret hearings in Salinas County. A third hearing was about to take place when John Cluchette managed to smuggle a note to his mother: “Help, I’m in trouble.” However, with the aid of a state senator, Cluchette’s mother contacted a lawyer, and so commenced one of the most extensive legal defenses in U.S. history. According to their attorneys, Jackson, Drumgo, and Clutchette were charged with murder not because there was any substantial evidence of their guilt, but because they had been previously identified as Black militants by the prison authorities.
On 21/08/1971, Jackson was shot to death by a tower guard inside San Quentin Prison in an alleged "escape attempt". On 27/03/1972, the two surviving Soledad Brothers were acquitted. - 4 years ago