President Obama, Pardon Exiled Civil Rights Leader Pete O'Neal

Former Black Panther Party leader Pete O’Neal was unjustly convicted in 1969 and has been in exile in Tanzania for almost 50 years. He is now requesting a presidential pardon to re-enter the United States. Background:
New York Times: A Black Panther's Mellow Exile: Farming in Africa
KCTV: Former Leader of KC Black Panther Party Hoping for Pardon

O'Neal was arrested in 1969 for allegedly transporting a shotgun from Kansas City, Kansas, to Kansas City, Missouri. Although no physical evidence connected him to the firearm, O'Neal was convicted based on a photo.

Pete O'Neal feared that he might be killed in custody, after fellow Panther Fred Hampton was murdered by Chicago Police. Instead of requesting an appeal, O'Neal and his wife Charlotte fled the country. They have been living in northern Tanzania since 1972.

O'Neal wants to return home to his family. Particularly to be with his mother, who is now 96 years old.  

Sign this petition to President Barack Obama:

We request the immediate pardon of exiled civil rights leader Pete O'Neal.

1-25 of 8951 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
8951 9 months ago Elizabeth Birks Kansas City, MO
8950 10 months ago Elizabeth Birks Kansas City, MO Please pardon Mr. O'Neal. He is a man who has always put the community first. His sacrifices caused him to be unjustly exiled.
8949 2.3 years ago Anonymous Spring, TX
8948 3 years ago Lorraine Foster Decatur, GA
8947 3.7 years ago Brendan X Anaheim, CA Freedom! Should never have been convicted. The unjustice is sickening.
8946 4.2 years ago Dena Lenard Addison, TX
8945 4.3 years ago Ulisses M. BROCKTON, MA
8944 4.3 years ago elizabeth ketz-robinson alexandria, VA
8943 4.4 years ago jeff hopkins Lindenhurst, IL
8942 4.4 years ago Kelly Brock Calabasas, CA Dear President Obama,
To paraphrase Muhammad Ali, "If a man is the same man at 50 as he was at 20, he's wasted 30 years of his life." The Pete O'Neal I met in Tanzania at his orphanage is an evI\'m asking you, President Obama, to pardon this 70+ year old man. He is no threat to our country. The only reasons he\'d even want to come back to America are twofold. One, he\'d like to see his 96 year old mother one last time. And, two, he\'d like to bring his 20+ children at the orphanage to America to go to an amusement park. I\'d love to help him with the second part of his wish, but I need your help. Would you please pardon Pete O\'Neal?
Thank you kindly.
Kelly Brock
P.S. It was the greatest honor of my life to work on your Inaugural Ball and Mrs. Obama\'s Kids\' Inaugural.'); return false;">...
8941 4.4 years ago Sherifa Roach OR Bwana Obama-
8940 4.4 years ago Harven DeShield IL
8939 4.4 years ago Gathinja Yamokoski NY
8938 4.4 years ago Laura Cairns Merriam, KS
8937 4.4 years ago Michael Coleman Canoga Park, CA
8936 4.4 years ago Timothy Olson Fergus Falls, MN
8935 4.4 years ago Susan Cox New York, NY
8934 4.4 years ago Dottie Griffen Kansas City, KS Please hurry, Mr. President, you don't have much time left in office or at least give us an answer and not just go away and leave us hanging. Also, please consider a pardon for Leonard Peltier.
8933 4.4 years ago Pamela Vasquez Salem, OR
8932 4.4 years ago Rasheed Shabazz Alameda, CA
8931 4.4 years ago Anonymous Berlin, NH
8930 4.4 years ago Anonymous Berlin, NH
8929 4.4 years ago Anonymous Berlin, NH
8928 4.4 years ago Joanne Vuillemot Henderson, NV
8927 4.4 years ago Vee Richards richards Bonnet Shores, RI "This is so pitiful and sad. Mr. O'Neal has been looked up for almost 50years! So shocking, however, not really as there are stories liken to this all over the place. And if they are a black person!...
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