New York City, NY – Hon.
Roy Innis, National Chairman of CORE, applauded the jury’s guilty verdict
in the trial of KKK Leader Edgar Ray Killen. Killen was arrested on January 6, 2005, for the murders of three
CORE workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, who were
participating in a voter registration project called "Freedom Summer".
unfortunate that the lives of three innocent young men were cut short due
to the blatant bigotry of this man. It’s unfortunate that it has taken 41
years to formally bring charges for this heinous crime, however, this is
truly a good day for the people of Mississippi and for all Americans”,
“I’m elated but a little
disappointed that a mostly white jury delivered a manslaughter verdict the
day after a deadlock decision. I truly hope the Judge will give Killen
the maximum penalty allowed", said Innis.
Innis also said that the
media should identify the three men properly. "They were field workers for the Congress of
Racial Equality yet the media has described them as just three civil rights workers.
I think it’s high time the media grants them there proper identification”, said