Univer­sity in­stalls statue of cop killer in plea for par­don

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - Brad­ford Richardson

Clemency ac­tivists have in­stalled a statue of a con­victed cop killer at Amer­i­can Univer­sity as they im­plore Pres­i­dent Obama to is­sue a par­don in his fi­nal days in of­fice.

The statue de­picts Leonard Peltier, an Amer­i­can In­dian Move­ment ac­tivist con­victed of killing FBI agents Jack Coler, 28, and Ron­ald Wil­liams, 27, in a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge In­dian Reser­va­tion in 1975.

The univer­sity ac­knowl­edged the pres­ence of the statue, which has made sev­eral stops along a clemency tour to raise aware­ness about Peltier and urge Mr. Obama to par­don him.

Par­don­ing Peltier, who has served 41 years of his two con­sec­u­tive life sen­tences, has long been a cause cele­bre among the left. Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, the Kennedy Me­mo­rial Cen­ter for Hu­man Rights and var­i­ous Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties have called for his re­lease.

The Peltier statue will re­main on dis­play at Amer­i­can Univer­sity through April.

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