The story of Leonard Peltier is but one rather sensational story among many many others that don’t receive the same notoriety. Many people are behind bars doing hard time that are innocent of what they were convicted of. Most recently was the tragic story of teenager Kalief Browder who was held in Rikers Island adult jail for three years without being charged for a crime. After suffering numerous beatings by jail staff and inmates, upon his release he committed suicide. He was never even charged let alone convicted.
I have had several potential “manufactured crimes” with me as the perpetrator created by the police and FBI. They remain open and unsolved cases to this day, ready to be pulled out of the hat when the time is deemed right. In the past year my mom and I have come back to her apartment after being in San Francisco and turned on the TV only to see the very location where we had been embroiled in a police/FBI investigation. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Just as in the Leonard Peltier documentary above, we have seen cars that are the same color and make as ours driving by with the drivers doing strange things.