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Angela Davis Arrested In NY And Charged On This Day In 1970

October 13


On this day in 1970, Angela Davis was arrested at a motel in NY. Charged with murder, kidnapping, and criminal conspiracy, Davis was taken into custody. She was labeled as a “dangerous terrorist” and became the third woman to be added to FBI’s most wanted list. A warrant was issued for her arrest after her guns were used in the Marin County Courthouse shootout, which resulted in the death of a white judge, Judge Harold Haley. Although California has a law that states, “All persons concerned in the commission of a crime, whether it be felony or misdemeanor, and whether they directly commit the act constituting the offense, or aid and abet in its commission, or, not being present, have advised and encouraged its commission, and all persons counseling, advising, or encouraging children under the age of fourteen years, or persons who are mentally incapacitated, to commit any crime, or who, by fraud, contrivance, or force, occasion the drunkenness of another for the purpose of causing him to commit any crime, or who, by threats, menaces, command, or coercion, compel another to commit any crime, are principals in any crime so committed,” Angela Davis was acquitted on all charges and found not guilty after 13 hours of deliberations by an all-white jury. It was declared that her ownership of the guns was not enough to conclude that she had anything to do with the plot of the crime.

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