After his parents separated when Rush was 7 years old, his mother took him and his siblings to Chicago, Illinoisjoining the Great Migration of African Americans out of the South in the first part of the 20th century.
Pratt was a star quarterback at Sumpter Williams High School. He served two combat tours as a soldier in the Vietnam Warreaching the rank of sergeant.
Inhis wife Saundra was killed when she was 8 months pregnant and her body was left in a ditch. The murder was attributed at the time to a BPP schism between supporters of Huey Newton and those of Eldridge Cleaver ; Pratt and his wife belonged to the Cleaver faction.
Another FBI memo, dated five months later, noted that the Bureau was constantly considering counterintelligence measures designed to neutralize Pratt "as an effective Panther functionary.
Julius Butler, a police informant and infiltrator inside the Black Panther Party, testified that Pratt had confessed to him and discussed the murder with him on several occasions.
InPratt was arrested and charged with murder and kidnapping. His attorney, Johnnie Cochranargued that the charges should be dropped. He claimed that Pratt had been miles away on the night of the murder.
Pratt was convicted in In an interview with Reuters he recalled being held in solitary confinement in a cell near mass killer Charles Mansonwith only ants to keep him company. He had not seen her in 23 years, since she rode a bus to visit him at Folsom Prison.
A federal judge approved the settlement of the civil suit: He participated in rallies in support of Mumia Abu-Jamalwhom he had met when both were active as Black Panthers.
In his later years, he moved to Tanzania, where he was living at the time of his death.Nov 26, · Paris is a mess: Up to , illegal immigrants live in just one suburb. A new parliamentary report shows that the number of migrants living in a Paris suburb may be nearing ,, according to Paris Vox.
Jun 03, · Elmer G. "Geronimo" Pratt, a former Los Angeles Black Panther Party leader whose murder conviction was overturned after he spent 27 years in prison for a crime he said he did not commit, has died.
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Archives and past articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and r-bridal.com Download-Theses Mercredi 10 juin Elmer Pratt, the prominent Black Panther known by his nom de guerre, Geronimo ji-Jaga, died at 63 on June 2 in Tanzania.
He had served 27 years in prison in Los Angeles for murder, the first eight. Watch video · Former Black Panther Leader, Geronimo Ji-Jaga Pratt, Wrongfully Imprisoned for 27 Years, Dies in Tanzania.