political prisoners

Confession May Clear Al-Amin

An inmate in Las Vegas, Nevada, told officials that he shot two Atlanta area sheriff deputies, killing one. Former Black Panther Abdullah Al-Amin is currently being held in a Fulton County jail in connection with that shooting.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officers in Las Vegas, released a hand-written confession from inmate Otis Jackson. In the confession, Jackson claims responsibility for shooting officers Ricky Kinchen and Aldranon English.

Early last year, officers Kinchen and English went to the home of Abdullah Al-Amin to serve a warrant. Gunfire erupted and officer Kinchen was shot and killed.

Al-Amin fled to Alabama. He was captured there and returned to Atlanta to stand trial for murder. He has maintained his innocence.

According to the F.B.I., Jackson told Nevada agents that he -- not Abdullah Al-Amin -- shot the officers because he didn't like police. He also told them he didn't think their warrant was valid.

The F.B.I. also says that Jackson believes that Al-Amin was identified as the shooter because he was one of three black men at the residence the night of the shooting.


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