Black panther leader Huey P. Newton is released from jail after serving more than two years for the manslaughter of a California police officer.
1970 (Aug 10)
Huey P. Newton, co-founder and leader of the Black Panther Party, was released on a $50,000 bond after serving more than two years in a California prison. Newton was serving time for a manslaughter conviction in the death of an Oakland, California, police officer. The California Court of Appeal had reversed the conviction on the grounds that the trial judge erred in instructing the jury and opened the way for Newton's release pending a new trial. Newton's attorney, Charles Garry, charged that the bail was excessive, but acquiesced. Newton was greeted by a crowd of about three hundred upon his release. He shouted, "The people have the power! All power to the people!"