Black Panthers: Ex-party member Sundiata Acholi released after half a century in prison

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Black Panther Party protesters at a rally in New York City in 1971

Court issued in The US state of New Jersey has ordered the parole of the oldest ex-member of the Black Panther Party (Tigers) after spending nearly five decades in prison.

Sundiata Acholi, now 85, was sentenced to life in prison in 1974 for the murder of a police officer a year earlier.

Acholi was 35 years old at the time of the accident.

The Black Panther Party, then known as the Black Panther Self-Defense Party, was founded in 1966 as an African American Revolutionary Party by Huey B. Newton and Bobby Seale.

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