On this day, March 20, in 2000, a former Black Panther once known as H. Rap Brown was captured on charges that he killed one sheriff's deputy and wounded another in Georgia.
Brown had been a radical figure in the 1960s and famously said, "Violence is as American as cherry pie."
In 2000, Brown was a longtime Muslim clergyman who had changed his name to Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. He had been charged with speeding and impersonating a police officer for flashing an honorary badge given to him for cleaning the West End neighborhood in Atlanta.
On March 16, deputies Ricky Kinchen and Aldranon English went to his home to serve an arrest warrant. Al-Amin opened fire, wounding English and killing Kinchen.
Al-Amin was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
- Scott McCabe