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.


176-200 of 8947 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
8772 1 year ago Anonymous decatur, GA
8771 1 year ago Michael Gomel San Diego, CA
8770 1 year ago Jon Elkin OR Pete and Charlotte hosted my SIT study abroad group at his Arusha home in 2007. He has done inspiring work throughout his life; please let him come home.
8769 1 year ago Geon H Manchester, MI
8768 1 year ago Sharon Johnson YAKIMA, WA Let this outstanding human come home.
8767 1 year ago Anonymous Pittsburgh, PA
8766 1 year ago Anonymous Brooklyn , NY
8765 1 year ago Mark Werth Portland, OR
8764 1 year ago Karen Froiland Rohnert Park, CA
8763 1 year ago Vickie Fouts Coarsegold, CA
8762 1 year ago Anonymous Eeklo, CA
8761 1 year ago Ron Jordan HALLANDALE, FL
8760 1 year ago Kat Hostetler VashonIsland, WA
8759 1 year ago Carol Bove Brooklyn, NY
8758 1 year ago linda geiss brookfield, WI
8757 1 year ago peter Geiss Brookfield, WI I know Pete and the great work he has done in Tanzania , anyone familiar with the late 60"s is well aware of the excesses that occurred in the name of justice when dealing with african americans and...
8756 1 year ago John Bowden Decatur, GA Please pardon him.
8755 1 year ago Herbert Ridgely Grain Valley , MO Please pardon this man. He was a victim of the FBI and JE HOVER's eradication of black militants. People who had the courage to speak out about the ills in this country
8754 1 year ago Lester Beason Kansas City, MO It's time for this man to be free of this racial injustice. We all know how things were in the 60's and 70's, and even up until today, the police have covered up and planted evidence. This was not a...
8753 1 year ago Stanton Walker Columbus , GA Praying for your return. Amen.
8752 1 year ago Constanze Dave Stamford, CT Rapists and murderers don't get fifty years if they are guilty! What could possibly be the reason for an innocent person to be exiled for an alleged crime that would be benign even if he was guilty?...
8751 1 year ago Brittany Renner VA
8750 1 year ago Carol Anderson Kansas City, KS President Obama, Please. Please pardon Mr. Pete O'Neal. He was just helping the black neighbor hood kids and their families. Please. Please.Sir. Thank you !!!
8749 1 year ago Tone Formo ot
8748 1 year ago Jesper Höglund ot
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