|Contact Anthony Jalil Bottom|
|Anthony Jalil Bottom
aka Jalil Abdul Muntaqim
# 77 A 4283
Southport Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 2000
Pine City, NY 14871
|DOB: October 18, 1951|
|Anthony Jalil Bottom's case data|
|State and County||New York, New York County (Manhattan)|
|Case No.||5696 1/4-71|
|Crime||Two Counts of Murder|
|Date of Crime||May 21, 1971|
|Date of Arrest||August 28, 1971|
|Date of Conviction||1975|
|Age at the Date of Crime||19|
|Contributing Factors||Official Misconduct, Perjury|
|Did DNA evidence contribute to the conviction?||No|
|Is there DNA evidence to test?||No|
Jalil Abdul Muntaqim is one of the longest held political prisoners in the world and a victim of COINTELPRO. When he was arrested, he was awaiting to become father. Now he is great-grandfather.
Produced and edited by Eve Goldberg and Claude Marks in November 2002, based on an interview done in August 2000 by John O’Reilly and Nina Dibner.
(00:19:17) Political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim is talking about the civil rights movement, his case, and the U.S. penal system.
History and Case Background
On May 21, 1971, two New York City police officers were fatally shot. This shooting occurred within the context of two major national trends: the growth of black revolutionary groups such as the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and, later, its armed wing, the Black Liberation Army; and at the same time, the FBI operation under Director J. Edgar Hoover, with the cooperation of the Nixon administration, to destroy the leaders and memberships of both mainstream civil rights and militant black organizations.
This counterintelligence operation,called COINTELPRO, targeted black leaders by infiltrating the Black Liberation Movement, framing members of the movements for crimes, and even murdering them, in order to get them off the streets and out of contact with the community.The shooting of these two police officers also came immediately after the infamous trial of the “Panther 21,” a case in New York against 21 members of the BPP charged with planning “terrorist” acts. After a nearly two-year trial, all 21 defendants were acquitted.
On May 26, 1971, only 5 days after the crime, FBI Director Hoover was called to the White House, and was in a secret meeting with President Richard Nixon, John Ehrlichman, the Domestic Advisor to the President, and members of the Watergate plumbers. They discussed this case and established the FBI would solve the crime under the code name NEWKILL, or New York killings. It is believed that in this meeting the FBI and White House conspired to frame Black Panthers for the killings.
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