Pig vs Panther
“Racist” Patrolman Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch &
“Framed” Black Panther Political Prisoner Abdul Majid
Please take a moment read Abdullah’s case history (see below) and to then write a letter of support for his upcoming parole hearing on January, 15, 2015. All letters should be addressed to Tina M. Stanford, Chair of the Board of Parole and immediately be sent to his attorney:
Moira M. Cohen; Esq.
11 Park Place Suite #914
New York, NY 10007
Who are the Queens Two?
Abdullah Majid (Anthony Laborde) and Bashir
Hameed (James York) are political prisoners
known to many as the Queens Two. They were,
like many of the Black liberation political prisoners,
members of the Black Panther Party for
Self-Defense, a political organization active in
the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Like many other Black organizations during
the time, the Black Panthers were engaged in
struggle for the political empowerment of the
African-American community. However, the
Black Panthers differed from other groups
through their programs that focused on community
control of education and the police, adequate
health care, ending the genocidal proliferation
of drugs and police brutality. The group
laid out their positions on these and other issues
through what was known as their “ten-point
COINTELPRO and the Queens Two
The U.S. government’s response to these
programs was one of brutal repression, criminalization,
political frame-ups and assassinations.
In 1967, the FBI expanded its repression
against the Black Panthers by targeting the
organization through their blatantly racist and
covert program, known by the acronym COINTELPRO.
This program extended to other
policing agencies including local and state law
By 1968 the Panther Party and its leadership
had become the major FBI target. Eighty percent
of the government’s COINTELPRO efforts
directed at the Black liberation movement were
aimed at the Black Panthers Party. This counterintelligence
program was, according to government
documents, designed to “neutralize”
the Black liberation movement by any means
necessary. Other documents stated, “The Negro
youth and moderates must be made to understand
that if they succumb to revolutionary
teaching, they will be dead revolutionaries.”
Majid and Hameed both joined the Panther
Party in 1968. Majid had been politically active
prior, working with the Grass Roots Advisory
Council. When he began working with the New
York chapter of the Black Panthers, he became
involved in most of the community-based programs,
including the free health clinic, free
breakfast for children program, efforts to decentralize
the schools and the police department
and the defense of political prisoners.
Bashir joined the Black Panthers while
residing in Oakland. The years prior to joining
he had spent time in the South where he
observed the effects of the Jim Crow system
and how that affected the Black community.
This seriously altered his views concerning
society. It was this experience that led him to
joining the Panthers. He soon returned home to
New Jersey, where he rose through the ranks
becoming the Deputy Chairman of the New
Both men saw the impact of the FBI’s
COINTELPRO campaign on the Black Panther
Party. Both witnessed their comrades “neutralized”
through political assassination, imprisonment
and blatant frame-ups. FBI documents
have revealed that they also became the target
of the COINTELPRO operation.
After the Party was destroyed, the men continued
their political activity. Majid worked as a
paralegal at Bronx Legal Services. Hameed, after
spending time in prison for political activity,
worked as a union and community organizer in
St. Albans, Queens – April 16, 1981
On April 16, 1981, two New York officers
were shot during a traffic stop in St. Albans,
Queens. According to reports, the officers
pulled over a van that was wanted in connection
with several burglaries. Before the officers
were able to exit their vehicles, two occupants
from the van exited and opened fire killing one
officer, John Scarangella and injuring another.
A few days after the shooting, police began
circulating a folder of “suspects” which consisted
exclusively of former members of the Black
Panther Party and their associates. Bashir and
Abdul were identified in the media as chief suspects
and targets of a “shoot to kill” manhunt.
Both men fled the state, remembering the
frame-ups from their days in the Black
Hameed was arrested in August 17, 1981 in
Sumter, South Carolina. Majid was captured in
January 1982 in Philadelphia, PA. Both men
were extradited to stand trial for the murder and
attempted murder of the two officers.
Abdul Majid was also charged with an
October 1981 Brink’s armored-car robbery in
Nyack, New York. Several members of the
Black Liberation Army had also been charged
with the incident, including Kuwasi Balagoon and
Samuel Brown. In 1986, Mutulu Shakur was also
captured and charged for the incident.
captured and charged for the incident.
Members of the May 19 Communist Organization
were also arrested, including David
Gilbert, Judith Clark, Marilyn Buck and Kathy
Charges against Abdul Majid were eventually
dropped after witnesses in a line-up were
unable to identitfy him. Both Hameed and
Majid were also suspects in the liberation of
Assata Shakur, but no charges were ever
However, for over a five-year period, the
two men were tried three times for the St.
Albans incident before being found guilty by a
“jury of their peers.” The main witness was a
man who was hypnotized by the police, but that
fact was not allowed into evidence.
The first trial resulted in Abdul and Bashir
being convicted of attempted murder, but deadlocked
on the murder charge. The jury in the
second trial was deadlocked at 8-4 for acquittal
when the Judge declared a mistrial. The third
trial was presided over by Judge Gallagher (son
and brother of a cop). Throughout the trial, cops
harassed Abdul and Bashir’s family members
and supporters. A racially stacked jury in the
third trial returned a guilty verdict and sentenced
Abdul and Bashir to 33 and 1/3 years to
Since their convictions, Hameed and Majid
have continued to appeal their case. They have
argued that Blacks were systematically excluded
from the jury during the third and final trial.
As an attempt to excuse this blatant act of
racism, the DA argued that blacks were excluded
because “These cop-killing revolutionaries
had gotten away in two previous trials and this
was probably our last chance to get them. We
couldn’t take the chance of those religious people
serving as jurors in this trial.” Predictably,
the courts denied their appeal.
Abdul Majid has continued to be harassed,
seriously assaulted twice, and denied proper
medical treatment as a result of the assaults.
He has been refused certain programs offered to
general population because of his political
Bashir, a devout Muslim continued to apply
his religious and political principals to struggle
against injustice and racism behind the walls.
As a result of his activities, Bashir gained the
widespread respect of prisoners.
In 1987, he was transferred after being targeted
as an alleged organizer of a strike. He
spent three years in solitary confinement, not as
a result of disciplinary infraction, but solely due
to his political and religious beliefs.
Throughout 2007 – 2008, Bashir became
seriously ill and was delayed adequate medical
treatment. As a result his health continued to
fail. On August 30, 2008, Bashir Hameed
Every liberation movement honors their politi –
cal prisoners, their freedom fighters, because
they make sacrifices for the people most of us
never will. When Nelson Mandela was still a
political prisoner, there was not any ANC
demand that was not tied to the freedom of
South African political prisoners. We knew of
Mandela because his people would not let the
world forget him or the other freedom fighters.
Yet Black political prisoners in the U.S. are
generally unknown and unsupported. Only we
can change this.