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Jailbreak!

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264281
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946033 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0019
Jailbreak!

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Bruce Seidel's death came as a shock. Members of the George Jackson Brigade had made a personal commitment to die for their cause, but they had not foreseen one of their own being killed so quickly. In the wake of Seidel's death, the popular singer-songwriter Holly Near came to Seattle. Despite feeling guilty about enjoying themselves so soon after the death of a close friend, Rita Brown and Therese Coupez attended the concert, where they recognized many others in the audience who were also in mourning. Mead and Sherman, captured at the bank robbery where Seidel was killed, were initially charged with his death, but the charge was soon dropped. Dual counts of “assault with intent to kill” against two police officers remained. An inquest into the legality of Seidel's death found that police officer Robert W. Abbott had reasonable grounds to fire when he shot and killed Seidel. This chapter recounts how the remaining Brigade members staged a jailbreak to free Sherman, shooting a police officer, Virgil Johnson, in the process.

Keywords: Bruce Seidel; George Jackson Brigade; bank robbery; Edward Allen Mead; John Sherman; inquest; jailbreak; Rita Brown; police; Virgil Johnson

Chapter.  5211 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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