Supporters demand Peltier's release
Monday, 12 September 2011
Al Van Zee
Supporters of long-time prison inmate Leonard Peltier gathered in Rapid City Monday to once again protest what they see as the wrongful incarceration of the American Indian Movement activist. This day was chosen for the demonstration because Leonard Peltier turns 67 years old. He has been in a federal penitentiary for 34 years, after being convicted in 1977 for the murder of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation. His supporters believe Peltier is a political prisoner, and has been the victim of abuse at the federal facilities where he has been held. James Swan says, "It's time he is free. He's been sick. He's been harassed in prison. And it's time this all comes to an end. He's a political prisoner, everybody knows it. That's his purpose in prison. We want him to be free. And we will continue this until the day he's free." Peltier is currently serving two life terms. His conviction has been upheld by several courts of appeal. In 2009, Peltier was granted a full hearing before the U.S. Parole Commission, which denied his request for release.
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