Ex-policeman charged in 1964 Ku Klux Klan murders
Let’s rewind, it’s 1964 and in today’s era Ku Klux Klan’s are very threatening to blacks who fear violence more than racial slurs.
Let’s rewind, it’s 1964 and in today’s era Ku Klux Klan’s are very threatening to blacks who fear violence more than racial slurs. Now it’s 2007 and after nearly 43 years one man is being convicted for a race case where two black men where slayed. Ex-policeman James Ford Seale, 71 pleaded not guilty Thursday, for the incident but will the jury buy it. While standing in front of a black woman judge the elderly man stood shackled from the wrist to his ankles repeating the words “ma’am,” when the judge addressed him.
Seale was arrested Wednesday on federal charges of kidnapping and conspiracy of two 19 year-old black men, Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee who were seized and beaten by Klansmen, then thrown into the Mississippi River to drown. In 2000 the U.S. Justice Department reopened the case and a few years pasted when authorities realized that he, Seale, was still alive.
The FBI believe it is their responsibility to reopen cases that failed such as the Seale case which happened over 43 years ago.
“Forty years ago, the system failed,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said in Washington. “We in the FBI have a responsibility to investigate these cold-case, civil rights-era murders where evidence still exists to bring both closure and justice to these cases that for many, remain unhealed wounds to this day.”
Seale was jailed for a bail hearing on Monday. Reports state that his court-appointed attorneys said he is suffering from cancer.
If Seale if found guilty he may receive life in prison.
His trial is scheduled for April 2.