A spirited demonstration Monday morning included many members of the community, five of the San Francisco 8, leading members of the Black clergy, SF supervisors Eric Mar and John Avalos, and the rhythms of the Brass Liberation Orchestra. The crowd demanded that the charges be dropped against Francisco Torres, the last remaining defendant in the case.
The actual court hearing was packed with supporters but was extremely brief. It merely set a drop-dead compliance date (May 28th) for the prosecution to either come up with additional discovery or admit that evidence referred to in previous documents is missing or destroyed. This stipulation will underscore the prejudicial delay that has been argued since the beginning of this 39–year old case based on torture and rooted in the government’s COINTELPRO attack on the Black Panther Party. The next scheduled court appearance is currently set for July 1st.