Sekou Cinque T. M. Kambui (S/N William J. Turk) has requested a letter-writing campaign asserting his innocence in preparation for his upcoming parole hearing, which could be held as early as February of 2014. Sekou maintains that he has committed no crime, and yet has been under the heel of the State since 1975, when he was accused of murdering a wealthy white oil-man and a KKK member in Alabama. He was pulled over in January of 1975 and accused of and arrested for the December ’74 murder after a 9mm pistol was found in his car. Multiple witnesses in his first trial later reported that they had been coerced into testifying against Sekou, after which every defense witness was driven out of the state by police intimidation. No proven murder weapon has been found, and neither Sekou nor the pistol found in his car has never been linked to the crime scene.
As a member of the Black Panther Party and organizer with a variety of organizations, including SNCC and the Republic of New Afrika, Sekou was caught up in the COINTELPRO dragnet in the State’s effort suppress dissent and make activism criminal. He must be freed!
There is also an online petition for Sekou’s release, found here!
Send Letters To:
Offices of Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders, Pettaway & Campbell, L.L.C.
Attn. Attorney Faya Ora Rose Toure
1 Union Street
Post Office Box 1290
Selma, Alabama 36702-1290
Letter Template [If you need it]
Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
301 South Ripley Street
Post Office Box 302405
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2405
Chairman William W. Wynne Jr.
Associate Members Robert P. Longshore and Cliff Walker
Chairman, Members of the Board,
I am writing to request the timely parole of William J. Turk, #113058A, also known as Sekou Kambui. William/Sekou asserts his innocence of the crimes he has served almost forty years of his sentence for. Despite the fact that he has been up for parole five times in the last decade, and despite the fact that there is no solid evidence linking William/Sekou to the scene of the murders he has been charged with, he is still inexplicably in prison. Major witnesses for both his first trial and appeal reported being coerced to testify against William/Sekou, and the misconduct of the Alabama court system, the Birmingham Police Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at the time of Sekou’s arrest and trial is obvious. [More detailed information on Sekou’s case can be found Denver ABC and ABCF sites, and in the petition for his release, if you wish to include it]
[Include any positive/pertinent personal interactions with Sekou, correspondence, etc. that you may have had]
William Turk/Sekou Kambui is innocent, and has suffered decades in prison due to a unfair arrest, investigation, and trial. William/Sekou is being punished for his activism during the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s, not any real crime. I ask you, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, to recognize his innocence and grant him parole at his upcoming hearing.
[Name and signature]