Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
Adam Carpinelli and a member of Tacoma Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee discuss amnesty for long term U.S.-held Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier. Leonard, a Native American man, was convicted in 1977 and has been serving two consecutive life sentences as a result of being an FBI target. The FBI's Counter Intelligence Program was an illegal operation during the 1970's targeting progressive activists from many different social movements. In 1975 two FBI agents openly fired on residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where Leonard was protecting at the time. This shootout resulted in the deaths of two agents. Two of the three activists present were let off for self defense. Leonard maintains his innocence but was charged for these murders. He is almost 70 years old and currently incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida. The 18th annual NW Regional Clemency march and rally for Leonard Peltier will take place in Tacoma, Washington on February 8, 2014.