Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who became a victim of the racist criminal justice system of our country and spent 19 years in prison passed away today at the age of 76. According to his friend, John Artis, prostate cancer was the reason for his death.
Hurricane Carter boxing career was cut short when he was wrongfully convicted of the shooting in Lafayette Grill in Paterson, New Jersey, where two White men and a White woman were killed. His case drew worldwide attention and Amnesty International considered him a “Prisoner of Conscience.”
After prison he moved to Toronto and spend the rest of his life there. In 2004, he founded Innocence International that talked about the injustice of America’s Criminal Justice. Mr. Carter’s was working on the exoneration of David McCallum, a Brooklyn man who has been imprisoned on murder charges since 1985. In an article that was published by The Daily News on February 21, 2014, he asks Brooklyn’s District Attorney Ken Thompson to free Mr. McCallum and grant him a full verdict hearing. This is what Hurricane Carter considers his “last wish to those with the legal authority.”
Rubin Hurricane Carter will not only be remembered in the Boxing and Sports community but his case who drew international attention and exposed the racist criminal justice system of our country will be a reminder that America’s justice system has not changed. Let’s hope that Mr. Ken Thompson will grant Rubin’s last wish and exonerate David McCallum.
Here are great articles that go into more detail about the life of Rubin Hurricane Carter.
Here is ESPN’s Sports Century Documentary on Hurricane Carter. In this documentary it also talks about the inaccuracies of the film, Hurricane. Enjoy.
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