Man Convicted in Cop’s Death Invited to City Hall

J.P. Hervis, WLBT 3 (Jackson, Miss.), Jan. 28

He was convicted in the death of a Jackson police officer nearly 25 years ago. Next week he will speak inside city hall. Imari Obadele was invited by Councilman Kenneth Stokes to speak at a black history program Tuesday, and his appearance is causing quite a stir.

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In 1972, RNA president Imari Obadele along with several others was found guilty in the killing of police officer William Louis Skinner. He served nearly six years. On February 1, 2005, Obadele will stand inside Jackson City Hall in front of an audience to talk about the RNA eleven.

“I think it’s an abomination a slam on the good black people of Jackson and the good white people of Jackson,” expressed Black.

The speech is part of a black history program. His host is city Councilman Kenneth Stokes.

“To me this would be like promoting Byron De La Beckwith. It’s just a travesty,” stated King.

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