COURT SUPPORT FOR GARY FREEMAN
Friday, September 21, 2007
130 Queen Street West Toronto
Show your support for political prisoner Gary Freeman and his family. Gary is currently incarcerated at the Don Jail, where he has been held for over three years, facing extradition to the U.S. for a crime he did not commit. Come out and tell the Minister of Justice to Stop the Extradition!
PLEASE NOTE: Court dates have been changed in the past and we will keep this page up to date to ensure that folks have the most accurate information.
Gary Freeman has lived the past 30+ years in Canada. Together with his wife, they have raised a son and three daughters to be respected young adults. A mentor and friend to the young and old, Gary has always promoted social justice and viewed every human being as worthy of respect.
After 35 years, Gary, an African-American man who escaped the US after facing racial persecution, is now facing a return to Chicago at the hands of a police department recently implicated in torture by the infamous Burge report. The report by special Chicago prosecutors belatedly appointed to investigate charges of police torture in the Chicago South Side district confirmed Chicago police tortured and brutalized African-American men for more than 20 years.
Yet, despite the confirmation by internal investigators of horrific atrocities committed against African-American men, none of the police responsible for using illegal techniques like electrical shocks to the genitals, Russian roulette, suffocation and mock executions (among others) have been charged. Prosecutors claim these crimes against humanity cannot be prosecuted because the cases are too old and the statute of limitations has expired. Some of the police officers involved have even been promoted and are still with the same Chicago police department.
Yet, Chicago seeks the extradition of Gary Freeman, a victim of racial and political persecution, for an incident which took place in this same South Side Chicago district in 1969. He has always maintained his innocence and there is a litany of missing and mishandled evidence. He is a victim of police brutality and he came to Canada because he didn’t want to die.
Join us as we call on the Minister of Justice, Rob Nicholson, to Stop the Extradition and Free Gary Freeman now!