By Dana Sanchez
Former Black Panther Jalil Muntaqim, 68, became eligible for parole 22 years ago after being accused in the 1971 murder of two police officers in Harlem. He finally won his decades-long fight for freedom after going before the parole board at least 10 times.
Muntaqim, aka. Anthony Bottom, faced “virulent” opposition from the New York police union — the Police Benevolent Association — and by the widow of one of the murdered police officers, The Guardian reported.
After almost half a century in prison, a New York parole board this month ordered Muntaqim released by Oct. 20 from the maximum-security Sullivan correctional facility in upstate New York.
That’s “a long time for a 19-year-old to go to prison and be there for the rest of their lives,” said Antoinette Russell, Muntaqim’s daughter and only child, in a 2018 Guardian interview. Russell was born six months after her father’s arrest.
Muntaqim was 18 when he joined the Black Panther Party which promoted Black nationalism, socialism, and armed self-defense — particularly against police brutality. He joined the armed Black Click here to read entire article