University installs statue of cop killer in plea for pardon
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.