Within just a few short weeks the popular and professional young Agent would have reached his 28th birthday. In the meantime, he and his partner, Jack Coler, were carrying out their lawful duties searching for a fugitive on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
In separate vehicles they followed who they believed to be Jimmy Eagle onto a dirt road off Highway 18. The occupants of that vehicle, and those in a nearby American Indian Movement (AIM) camp along White Clay Creek, instigated an unprovoked attack. We know this with absolute certainty because the eyewitness, Special Agent Ron Williams, was on the radio describing exactly what was about to happen. And it did. AIM cowards led by Leonard Peltier, attacked, severely wounded and then brutally murdered both Agents. Peltier, of course, was later convicted of first-degree murder and aiding and abetting and is still serving two consecutive life sentences.
As, many believe, I feel certain Ron is looking down and watching over us and knows that on January 18, 2017 President Obama denied Peltier’s clemency petition. This was a clear recognition that the pardon attorney, the Attorney General and the President concurred with Peltier’s conviction and many appeals that had established his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Peltier, over the past years has reinforced that guilt to beyond all doubt. (Thank you President Obama*)
Parole is off the table until 2024.**
Until January 20, 2021 clemency is also off the table, or four years hence if President Trump is reelected. Either way, the clock is ticking.
Peltier has repeatedly denigrated the memory and sacrifice of Jack and Ron with falsehoods, fabricated scenarios and public admissions of guilt.
On this day, and every day, Ron is in our thoughts and prayers and neither he nor Jack will ever be forgotten.
“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
P.S. The Federal Civil suit filed by Peltier, and Peltier deception:
1) On July 25, 2017, the federal civil suit brought against Ed Woods and Larry Langberg was dismissed, with prejudice, and includes payment of attorney’s fees and court costs. Although integral to the Washington State’s Anti-Slapp statute, the Judge provided his reasoning for not also including the $10,000 fines.
Within the entire Peltier saga there are only several significant dates:
June 26, 1975 (Peltier murdered Jack Coler and Ron Williams); June 2, 1977 (Peltier sentenced to two consecutive life sentences); January 18, 2017 (President Obama denies Peltier’s clemency petition), and July 25, 2017 (Peltier loses his battle to silence those who exercise their right to free speech by presenting the truth behind the Peltier myth.)
As of July 30th no mention of the federal civil suit or the dismissal could be found on Peltier’s updated whoisleonardpeltier.info website.
2) Peltier deception:
Peltier’s website has been refreshed, and frankly is well presented, however, still contains the same tired old misinformation and fabrications as previous ones. There is an interesting piece of deception though. In the section of Resources and under Upcoming Events it lists the June 26th Oglala Commemoration, an annual event. It displays a quite impressive photo of hundreds, perhaps thousands of apparent supporters. The red banner is partially and deliberately obscured certainly giving the impression that this very large gathering is in support of Peltier. It’s deceiving and it isn’t. The photo is actually from recent demonstrations regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. Wonder if Peltier obtained approval to use this photo on his website and whether there is any copyright infringement. A review of perhaps a thousand photos on the Internet of the Dakota demonstrations could not identify one Peltier sign. This is just another example of Peltier spin and disinformation. What Peltier should have done was to properly source the origin of the photo…but that would have been too honest. https://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/home/events/