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Russell Shoatz III speaks with us tonight about his father Russell Maroon Shoatz who is a political prisoner currently being tortured in prison after being convicted in a Kangaroo trial for killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1970. The Philadelphia police was notorious for its abuse of Black people in the city and worked directly directly with the FBI in its illegal COINTELPRO activities to frame, murder and otherwise eliminated members of Black liberation groups and others.
Russell Maroon Shoatz was a community activist, a founding member of the Black Unity Council, a former member of the Black Panther Party and soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He has been held in solitary confinement since 1991 depsite a clean prison record and the United Nations designation that solitary confinement is a from of toruture. In 2013 Shoatz file a lawsuit in federal court demanding an end to solitary confinement. Read more at http://russellmaroonshoats.wordpress.com/