Recently, with the release of a well-made video (see link below), a number of people, young and old, Native American and not, known and unknown, famous and infamous all offer a chorus of “I will,” and “We will” lend support to encourage executive clemency for Leonard Peltier.
The problem with the video is that it is all passion and no substance. Regretfully, all too many have bought into the myth and folklore that Peltier and his supporters have successfully created over the years, the foundation of which ignores and dismisses the facts of what occurred that awful day on June 26, 1975 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Peltier supporters and those in the video (exclusive of the children), ignore the facts but more so Peltier’s own public statements. His conviction has received intense scrutiny over the past four decades, has never been altered, and has established his factual guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Peltier’s guilt beyond all doubt comes from Peltier himself. His public statements, aside from his two-decade-old lie that someone else killed the agents, among many others include, “I never thought my commitment would mean sacrificing like this, but I was willing to do so nonetheless. And really, if necessary, I’d do it all over again, because it was the right thing to do (2/6/10),” and, “I don’t regret any of this for a minute (8/28/14).”
The right thing to do and no regrets should resonate with those in the video. Sadly, it does not.
These public statements clearly show Peltier remains a remorseless and unrepentant cold-blooded murdered and which the President should consider before contemplating clemency for Leonard Peltier.
Peltier should be afforded the same measure of mercy he gave Jack Coler and Ron Williams. And that would be none.
“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
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“Friend of Peltier” video: http://app.streamsend.com/private/tvwxwpt2pe/Y9S/o5bI2WE/browse/22831301#ss-video_50571