Rest In Power (R.I.P.): Elmer ‘Geronimo’ Pratt (Geronimo ji-Jaga) Former Black Panther Passes Away At 63 In Tanzania (Bonus Videos & Interviews Included)

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Outlawz & Geronimo Pratt – In The Event Of My Demise

Elmer ‘Geronimo’ Pratt, a former Black Panther leader, dies in Tanzania
June 2, 2011
By: Robert J. Lopez
Via:latimes.com

Elmer G. “Geronimo” Pratt, a former Los Angeles Black Panther Party leader who spent 27 years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit and whose case became a symbol of racial injustice during the turbulent 1960s, has died. He was 63.Pratt died at his home in a small village in Tanzania, where he had been living with his wife and child, according to Stuart Hanlon, a San Francisco attorney who helped overturn Pratt’s murder conviction. Hanlon said he was informed of the death by Pratt’s sister.Pratt’s case became a cause celebre for elected officials, Amnesty International, clergy and celebrities who believed he was framed by the government because he was African American and a member of the Black Panthers.

“Geronimo was a powerful leader,” Hanlon told The Times. “For that reason he was targeted.”

Pratt was convicted in 1972 and sentenced to life in prison for the 1968 fatal shooting of Caroline Olsen and the serious wounding of her husband, Kenneth, in a robbery that netted $18. The case was overturned in 1997 by an Orange County Superior Court judge who ruled that prosecutors at Pratt’s murder trial had concealed evidence that could have led to his acquittal.Pratt maintained that the FBI knew he was innocent because the agency had him under surveillance in Oakland when the murder was committed in Santa Monica. Read More Here…

-Wikipedia-

Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt (September 13, 1947 June 2, 2011), also known as Geronimo ji-Jaga, was a former high ranking member of the Black Panther Party. He was targeted by the FBI program COINTELPRO, which aimed to “neutralize Pratt as an effective BPP functionary.” Pratt was tried and convicted of the kidnap and murder of Caroline Olsen in 1972, and spent 27 years in prison, eight of which were in solitary confinement. Pratt was freed in 1997 when his conviction was vacated. He was working as a human rights activist up until the time of his death. Pratt was also the godfather of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. He died of a heart attack in his adopted country, Tanzania, on June 2, 2011. Many people in the African-American community, as well as those involved in grassroots and human and civil rights struggles considered Pratt a warrior and hero of their movements.Read More Here…

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***Bonus Videos**

Geronimo Ji Jaga on 60 Minutes

60 minutes investigates the unjust 27 year imprisonment of Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt -1984. See more of this video @ http://kristalball.com

Geronimo Pratt is Free

Political prisoner Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt won what appears to be a final and definitive legal decision in his 27-year battle against frame-up by the Los Angeles police and prosecutors, as a California Appeals Court panel unanimously upheld the decision of a lower court judge who ordered Pratt’s release.
February 16, 1999

REAL REVOLUTIONARY GERONIMO PRATT 1 (BET TAVIS SMILEY)

A REAL REVOLUTIONARY GERONIMO PRATT 2 (BET TAVIS SMILEY)

A REAL REVOLUTIONARY GERONIMO PRATT 3 (BET TAVIS SMILEY)

A REAL REVOLUTIONARY GERONIMO PRATT 4 (BET TAVIS SMILEY)

Rest In Power Geronimo ji-Jaga

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2 Responses to Rest In Power (R.I.P.): Elmer ‘Geronimo’ Pratt (Geronimo ji-Jaga) Former Black Panther Passes Away At 63 In Tanzania (Bonus Videos & Interviews Included)

  1. Julie C says:

    Thank you for this. RIP Geronimo Ji-Jaga. Let the struggle and your story not be forgotten.

  2. Revolutionary says:

    R.I.P, True Soldier, we need more like him

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