Defense lawyer Jason Flores-Williams represents Charlie Hill, a former militant accused, along with two others, in the shooting of a New Mexico patrolman.
Hill and two other members of a militant group called New Afrika were traveling across New Mexico in a Ford Galaxie when Patrolman Robert Rosenbloom stopped them on Nov. 8, 1971.
Police say one of the three New Afrika members shot and killed Rosenbloom. The suspects hijacked a plane and fled to Cuba. (See "The Politics of American fugitives in Cuba."
For a black man in the 1960’s, America was a nightmare of harassment, subjugation and systemic oppression. The mere act of insisting on your dignity, working for the humanity of your people, meant that you would be labeled a militant, an extremist, a radical placed under constant surveillance, civil rights repeatedly violated by a country that was sending you to go die in Vietnam. For a black man who endured the 40’s and 50’s in America, there was no constitution, no due process, no equal protection of the law. You were three-fifths of a human being, and to have the audacity to insist on that last two-fifths meant being targeted by State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the infinite war chest of the United States Government.