The day after PBS aired a controversial documentary about the Black Panthers that said there are still many members of the violent cop-killing movement in prison, Hollywood liberal Bette Midler turned to social media to call on President Barack Obama to pardon them.
PBS is taking heat for the documentary that looks admirably upon the militant organization, painting them as a civic organization that fed the hungry and helped the poor.
In the description of a preview, PBS stated:
“A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement as urgent today as it was then.”
Who are the people she is talking about?
Mumia Abu Jamal: convicted for the murder of a police officer. Jalil Abdul Muntaqim: convicted of the killings of two New York City police officers. Ed Poindexter: convicted of the murder of Omaha Police Officer Larry Minard. Chip Fitzgerald now awaits a July 2 parole hearing: for, wait for it: murder of a security guard and attempted murder of a CHP officer. Herman Bell: NYPD officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones were gunned down after being ambushed while on foot patrol in Harlem in 1971.