Leonard Peltier Essay

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On the Pine Ridge Reservation on June 26, 1975 a shoot-out resulting in the death of two FBI agents was soon to be the responsibility of Leonard Peltier, a well know organization leader of the American Indian Movement. People from Pine Ridge, South Dakota asked Peltier along with other AIM members to camp out on the ranch to protect them form violence. The two FBI agents followed a pickup truck onto jumping bull’s ranch. Instantly families became alarmed and thought they were being attacked. When shots were fired the AIM members shot back to protect the people. The FBI agents generalized Peltier and the other members of the AIM group as a threat and immediately began to shoot at them. Only three out of forty Native Americans that took part in the shoot out were brought to trial. Bob Robideau and Dino Butler trial resulted as non-guilty because they were acquitted for self-defense by the jury of Iowa. Leonard Peltier being the third person brought to trial fled to Canada because he thought he would not receive a fair trail in the United States. On February 6, 1976 Peltier was in custody and brought to trail in the United States. The FBI used improper procedures in convicting Leonard Peltier of two life sentences in prison. He has served over thirty years in prison for a crime he has not committed. While in prison he received many human rights awards and donated many of his paintings to the Native American recovery programs. By the AIM Peltier is considered to be a Political prisoner. He has support from many groups and individuals who believe that the killings, no matter who committed them happened in a war-like atmosphere, therefore proving him no guilty. Peltier trail is injustice because he was denied his right for another trial, which violated his rights. The Eighth Circuit Ruled demonstrates that if the jury acquired the information the government concealed

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