Monday, July 27, 2009

As Of August 8 2009 The MOVE 9 Will Have Been Imprisoned For 21 Years And No One Knows Who Committed The Crime

"What they shoulda done is shot the goddamn bum and then there'd be no trouble today" - Philadelphia Police Union Representative on his 'better' option for one of the prisoners, Delbert Africa.

H/t: Mathaba News and the Pan-African News Wire

On August 8 2009 the MOVE 9 will have been incarcerated in a U.S. jail for 31 years.

From Wikipedia (slightly edited for clarity, in parentheses):
"In 1978, an end was negotiated to an almost year-long standoff with police (over housing code and H&S issues between the MOVE organization and the city of Philadelphia Pennsylvania).

MOVE failed to relocate as required by the court order.[3] When the police later attempted entry, Philadelphia police officer James J. Ramp was killed in a shootout. Seven other police officers, five firefighters, three MOVE members, and three bystanders were injured.[4] As a result, nine MOVE members were found guilty of third-degree murder in the shooting death of a police officer. Seven of the nine became eligible for parole in the spring of 2008, and all seven were denied parole.[5][6] Parole hearings now occur yearly."
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Note: "Their sentencing judge has publicly admitted that he has no idea who shot the one bullet that they are all being held accountable for..."

Flash forward a few years from 1978 to 1985.
"Attention, MOVE: This Is America! You must abide by the laws of the United States!” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sambor declared through a loudspeaker, minutes before the May 13, 1985 police assault on the revolutionary MOVE organization’s home...

...That morning police shot over 10,000 rounds of bullets into their West Philadelphia home, and detonated explosives on the front, and both sides of their house." Source
Photo: Philadelphia Pennsylvania police use a State Police helicopter to satchel bomb the re-located MOVE communal house in 1985. The satchel charge was four pounds of C-4 plastic explosive and Tovex illegally obtained from the FBI. "The resulting explosion caused the house to catch fire, igniting a massive blaze which eventually consumed almost an entire city block.[8] Eleven people, including John Africa, five other adults and five children, died in the resulting fire.[9] Ramona Africa and one child, Birdie Africa, were the only survivors..."

Ramona Africa, Mumia abu-Jamal, their defense attorney and others on the 'trial' of the MOVE 9

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