A jury in Chicago acquits seven members of the Black P. Stone nation of murder in the August 17, 1970, sniper slaying of a Chicago detective, James A. Alfonso, Jr.
1971 (Jan 17)
A jury in Chicago acquitted seven members of the Black P. Stone nation, a confederation of sixty Black street gangs, of murder in the August 17, 1970, sniper slaying of a Chicago detective. All were acquitted of charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of detective James A. Alfonso, Jr. The acquittal came three days after the biracial jury had begun deliberations. Those freed were Edward Bey, Lamar Bell, Tony Carter, Dennis Griffin, Ronald Florence, William Throup, and Elton Wriks. The alleged involvement of the Black gangs in the murder had exacerbated tensions between the Black community and Chicago police. Concomitantly, Chicago's Black leaders, including the Reverend Jesse Jackson, had criticized the Black gangs for terrorizing Black communities.