Friday, November 25, 2005

Accused Black Panther-cop shooter ordered to be extradited back to the US

Hooray for Canada today. Joseph Pannell allegedly shot Chicago police officer Terrence Knox in 1969, leaving Knox paralyzed. Four years later, Pannell jumped bail, ending up in Canada.

He's been found, and barring a successful appeal, Pannell will be coming back home for the holidays.

This AP story has more details.

Today, the Black Panthers for the most part are portrayed by the mainstream media as a slightly more radical offshoot of the Civil Rights movement. But the Panthers were Marxists, and violence followed the group around. In fact the group's original name was The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The "Self-Defense" part of the name was later dropped.

Among the famous "alumni" of the Black Panthers include Mumia Abu-Jamal, Danny Glover, and Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush.

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