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Former Black Panther Sundiata Acoli To Be Released After Half-Century in NJ Prison

HeadlineMay 11, 2022

Sundiata Acoli — the oldest former member of the Black Panthers still incarcerated — will be released from prison after nearly half a century. He is 85 years old and suffers from dementia. The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Acoli is not a risk to public safety. He was convicted of killing a state trooper on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. Acoli has long said police ambushed his car, which was also carrying two fellow members of the Black Liberation Army: Zayd Malik Shakur, who was shot to death, and Assata Shakur, who was imprisoned over the incident but later escaped to Cuba, where she has political asylum.

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