Hugo Pinell was assassinated under color of law

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“Yogi was able to keep going all the years that he was incarcerated. No matter what he went through, he kept his spirits up. And he kept trying to develop into the New Man, trying to continue to develop and evolve.” – Willie Sundiata Tate, interviewed by The People’s Minister of Information JR Valrey on Aug. 16, 2015. Pictured are the San Quentin 6 at the time of trial: top row, from left, Fleeta Drumgo, Hugo Pinell and Luis Talamantez; bottom row, from left, Johnny Spain, David Johnson and Willie Tate (names courtesy Willie Sundiata Tate)

Hugo Lyon Antonio Pinell, “Yogi Bear”: This is the most recent picture of Yogi taken in the visiting room shortly after he was released to general population at Folsom State Prison. If there is one word that could describe Yogi Bear, it would be LOVE. – Photo and caption courtesy Kiilu Nyasha
Hugo Lyon Antonio Pinell, “Yogi Bear”: This is the most recent picture of Yogi taken in the visiting room shortly after he was released to general population at Folsom State Prison. If there is one word that could describe Yogi Bear, it would be LOVE. – Photo and caption courtesy Kiilu Nyasha

Following is a statement from three of the San Quentin 6 former prisoners who loved Hugo L.A. Pinell, Yogi Bear. Here’s a quote from Mao TseTung (the Red Book) that is perfect for our beloved Warrior: “I hold that it is bad as far as we’re concerned if a person, a political party, an army or a school is not attacked by the enemy, for in that case it would definitely mean that we have sunk to the level of the enemy. It is good if we are attacked by the enemy, since it proves that we have drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves. It is still better if the enemy attacks us wildly and paints us as utterly evil and without a single virtue; it demonstrates that we have not only drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves but achieved a great deal in our work.” Kiilu Nyasha, revered Black Panther veteran, nationally known supporter of political prisoners and an especially close friend and comrade to Yogi – she will be making a full statement when the burden of grief lifts a little

by David General Giap Johnson, Luis Bato Talamantez and Willie Sundiata Tate of the San Quentin 6

At Geronimo Day in Oakland on Aug. 21, 2011, are three of the then four surviving members of the San Quentin 6: Willie Sundiata Tate, Luis Bato Talamantez and David General Giap Johnson. The fourth was Hugo Pinell, still in prison, locked in solitary confinement for over four decades. – Photo: Sue Acevedo
At Geronimo Day in Oakland on Aug. 21, 2011, are three of the then four surviving members of the San Quentin 6: Willie Sundiata Tate, Luis Bato Talamantez and David General Giap Johnson. The fourth was Hugo Pinell, still in prison, locked in solitary confinement for over four decades. – Photo: Sue Acevedo

Hugo Pinell was assassinated at New Folsom State Prison on Aug. 12, 2015. This is another example of the racism people of color inside those prisons are confronted with on a daily basis.

Like Comrade George, Hugo has been in the crosshairs of the system for years. His assassination exemplifies how racists working in conjunction with prison authorities commit murderous acts like this. We saw it on the yard at Soledad in 1970 and we see it again on the yard at Folsom in 2015.

His life was a living hell. We witnessed the brutality inflicted on him by prison guards as they made every effort to break him.

His life was a living hell. We witnessed the brutality inflicted on him by prison guards as they made every effort to break him.

On June 9, 2013, many of the most revered freedom fighters in the Bay Area came out for a Rally for Yogi, Hugo Pinell. A few gathered for a group picture. From left are Doug Norberg, Willie Sundiata Tate, Charlie Hinton, Keith Wattley, Manuel La Fontaine, Louis Bato Talamantez, Emory Douglas, Arthur League, Claude Marks and Terry Collins. – Photo: Scott Braley
On June 9, 2013, many of the most revered freedom fighters in the Bay Area came out for a Rally for Yogi, Hugo Pinell. A few gathered for a group picture. From left are Doug Norberg, Willie Sundiata Tate, Charlie Hinton, Keith Wattley, Manuel La Fontaine, Louis Bato Talamantez, Arthur League, Emory Douglas, Claude Marks and Terry Collins. – Photo: Scott Braley

He endured more than 50 years of sensory deprivation. For decades he was denied being able to touch his family or another human being – this as well as surviving attempts on his life. This is cruel and unusual punishment!

Hugo is not the monster that is being portrayed in social media and news media. The CDC (California Department of Corrections) is the real monster.

During the San Quentin 6 trial we really got to know Hugo. He was, as we all were, under a lot of stress. His stress was heavier than mine because he had the additional load of being beaten on regular occasions. We saw the strength of his spirit, and through it all he managed to smile.

At the Rally for Yogi, Willie Sundiata Tate speaks about his comrade, Hugo Pinell, pictured on the flier pinned to his shirt. – Photo: Scott Braley
At the Rally for Yogi, Willie Sundiata Tate speaks about his comrade, Hugo Pinell, pictured on the flier pinned to his shirt. – Photo: Scott Braley

We mourn the loss of our comrade brother, Yogi. We have been hit with a crushing blow that will take some time to recover from.

We must expose those who under the cover of law orchestrated and allowed this murderous act to take place. The prisoners who did it acted as agents of the state.

We must expose those who under the cover of law orchestrated and allowed this murderous act to take place. The prisoners who did it acted as agents of the state.

It comes at a time when prisoners are collectively trying to end decades of internal strife. Those who took his life have done a disservice to our movement; their actions served the cause of the same oppressor we fought against!

No longer do you have to endure the hatred of people who didn’t even know you and never dared to love you, Yogi. You have represented George and Che well, and we salute you!

The San Quentin 6 can be reached at gengiap@yahoo.com.

 

16 COMMENTS

  1. The criminals who run the criminal just ice system are the worst criminals of all. Although I've never been in prison, I know that the same mentality that allows police offices to murder citizens with impunity exists in the prison system. It's the establishment versus the people. The establishment makes and enforces the rules, but they never apply to themselves. I leaned that 50 years ago when I joined the Vietnam anti-war protests.

    • Here is what your raping piece of shit "hero" did in 1964, well before any excuse of "the system" he chose to blame. I only wish they had let him out of seg 40 years ago so the piece of shit could have met the devil in 1975 http://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-a….

      The testimony of the victim and other witnesses given before the grand jury disclosed that an unmarried female 22 years of age was walking home along Broadway near Polk Street in San Francisco at about 2:30 a.m. on October 12, 1964, when [232 Cal. App. 2d 286] she was brutally attacked and severely injured by Hugo Pinell. He forced her into an automobile driven by Felix Torres and the two men then proceeded to drive her to Julio Pinell's home at 228 Laussat Street. Hugo was Julio's nephew and Torres had been staying with Julio at the Laussat Street address. The victim was taken to a bedroom by her assailants, undressed and subjected to acts of rape, copulation and sodomy by Hugo Pinell. While in the room with Hugo, she overheard a conversation in another room between Felix Torres and a third person which she could not understand as it was in a foreign language.

      After two or three hours and many requests of Hugo to be taken home, the victim was led to another bedroom and there forcibly raped by Felix Torres. She was then given a blanket to wrap herself in and taken by Torres through the kitchen into a third bedroom where petitioner was in bed covered up. Torres pushed her toward the bed and Hugo stated, referring to petitioner Julio: "He wants to have his fun." She sat on the edge of the bed. Julio did not say or do anything. At this point, the victim became ill and Hugo and Torres took her through the kitchen in the nude and onto the back porch where she vomited in the garbage can. She was then brought back into the kitchen where someone put a robe over her. Petitioner, who by now had gotten out of bed and put on his trousers, placed a bandage over her bleeding eye. She was then allowed to dress, given her purse and taken by Hugo Pinell and Felix Torres to the vicinity of Broadway and Van Ness Avenue where she was released. Nine dollars and fifty-five cents was missing from her purse. Just before she left the house, Julio had asked her to look in her purse.

    • Hugo was my club member not,"gang member" growing up as teenagers in San Francisco. Our club name was The Roman Gents. We all got along with one another and still to this day. My name is Clarence and may peace be upon hugo.

      • Here is what your raping piece of shit "hero" did in 1964, well before any excuse of "the system" he chose to blame. I only wish they had let him out of seg 40 years ago so the piece of shit could have met the devil in 1975 http://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-a….

        The testimony of the victim and other witnesses given before the grand jury disclosed that an unmarried female 22 years of age was walking home along Broadway near Polk Street in San Francisco at about 2:30 a.m. on October 12, 1964, when [232 Cal. App. 2d 286] she was brutally attacked and severely injured by Hugo Pinell. He forced her into an automobile driven by Felix Torres and the two men then proceeded to drive her to Julio Pinell's home at 228 Laussat Street. Hugo was Julio's nephew and Torres had been staying with Julio at the Laussat Street address. The victim was taken to a bedroom by her assailants, undressed and subjected to acts of rape, copulation and sodomy by Hugo Pinell. While in the room with Hugo, she overheard a conversation in another room between Felix Torres and a third person which she could not understand as it was in a foreign language.

        After two or three hours and many requests of Hugo to be taken home, the victim was led to another bedroom and there forcibly raped by Felix Torres. She was then given a blanket to wrap herself in and taken by Torres through the kitchen into a third bedroom where petitioner was in bed covered up. Torres pushed her toward the bed and Hugo stated, referring to petitioner Julio: "He wants to have his fun." She sat on the edge of the bed. Julio did not say or do anything. At this point, the victim became ill and Hugo and Torres took her through the kitchen in the nude and onto the back porch where she vomited in the garbage can. She was then brought back into the kitchen where someone put a robe over her. Petitioner, who by now had gotten out of bed and put on his trousers, placed a bandage over her bleeding eye. She was then allowed to dress, given her purse and taken by Hugo Pinell and Felix Torres to the vicinity of Broadway and Van Ness Avenue where she was released. Nine dollars and fifty-five cents was missing from her purse. Just before she left the house, Julio had asked her to look in her purse.

  2. This is an incredibly tragic story, and yet it speaks of one man's incredible courage, and heart. Though his life was lived with great suffering, it was also lived successfully, with great love.

    • Here is what your raping piece of shit "hero" did in 1964, well before any excuse of "the system" he chose to blame. I only wish they had let him out of seg 40 years ago so the piece of shit could have met the devil in 1975 http://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-a

      The testimony of the victim and other witnesses given before the grand jury disclosed that an unmarried female 22 years of age was walking home along Broadway near Polk Street in San Francisco at about 2:30 a.m. on October 12, 1964, when [232 Cal. App. 2d 286] she was brutally attacked and severely injured by Hugo Pinell. He forced her into an automobile driven by Felix Torres and the two men then proceeded to drive her to Julio Pinell's home at 228 Laussat Street. Hugo was Julio's nephew and Torres had been staying with Julio at the Laussat Street address. The victim was taken to a bedroom by her assailants, undressed and subjected to acts of rape, copulation and sodomy by Hugo Pinell. While in the room with Hugo, she overheard a conversation in another room between Felix Torres and a third person which she could not understand as it was in a foreign language.

      After two or three hours and many requests of Hugo to be taken home, the victim was led to another bedroom and there forcibly raped by Felix Torres. She was then given a blanket to wrap herself in and taken by Torres through the kitchen into a third bedroom where petitioner was in bed covered up. Torres pushed her toward the bed and Hugo stated, referring to petitioner Julio: "He wants to have his fun." She sat on the edge of the bed. Julio did not say or do anything. At this point, the victim became ill and Hugo and Torres took her through the kitchen in the nude and onto the back porch where she vomited in the garbage can. She was then brought back into the kitchen where someone put a robe over her. Petitioner, who by now had gotten out of bed and put on his trousers, placed a bandage over her bleeding eye. She was then allowed to dress, given her purse and taken by Hugo Pinell and Felix Torres to the vicinity of Broadway and Van Ness Avenue where she was released. Nine dollars and fifty-five cents was missing from her purse. Just before she left the house, Julio had asked her to look in her purse.

  3. The public and taxpayers need to know the whole truth of what happened to this man, where is the report, because I know it is going to be a cover-up. Why is the taxpayers of CA allowing CDC be more powerful than the people. I have read reports where the CDC has even evaded the State and Federal Courts direct orders, and right to day they are still holding prisoners in SHU, this is unthinkble that you would hold any human being for more than a few days in such conditions. Moreover, what about the Step Down Program, another lie that CDC has white washed the court systems with.

    • dude wanted out of seg, so they let him out of seg, thugging gets hard when your 71, lots of guys can kick your ass. BTW here is what the guy you are so worried about, first came in contact with the system in 64

      http://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-a….

      The testimony of the victim and other witnesses given before the grand jury disclosed that an unmarried female 22 years of age was walking home along Broadway near Polk Street in San Francisco at about 2:30 a.m. on October 12, 1964, when [232 Cal. App. 2d 286] she was brutally attacked and severely injured by Hugo Pinell. He forced her into an automobile driven by Felix Torres and the two men then proceeded to drive her to Julio Pinell's home at 228 Laussat Street. Hugo was Julio's nephew and Torres had been staying with Julio at the Laussat Street address. The victim was taken to a bedroom by her assailants, undressed and subjected to acts of rape, copulation and sodomy by Hugo Pinell. While in the room with Hugo, she overheard a conversation in another room between Felix Torres and a third person which she could not understand as it was in a foreign language.

      After two or three hours and many requests of Hugo to be taken home, the victim was led to another bedroom and there forcibly raped by Felix Torres. She was then given a blanket to wrap herself in and taken by Torres through the kitchen into a third bedroom where petitioner was in bed covered up. Torres pushed her toward the bed and Hugo stated, referring to petitioner Julio: "He wants to have his fun." She sat on the edge of the bed. Julio did not say or do anything. At this point, the victim became ill and Hugo and Torres took her through the kitchen in the nude and onto the back porch where she vomited in the garbage can. She was then brought back into the kitchen where someone put a robe over her. Petitioner, who by now had gotten out of bed and put on his trousers, placed a bandage over her bleeding eye. She was then allowed to dress, given her purse and taken by Hugo Pinell and Felix Torres to the vicinity of Broadway and Van Ness Avenue where she was released. Nine dollars and fifty-five cents was missing from her purse. Just before she left the house, Julio had asked her to look in her purse.

  4. Here is what this POS rapist did in 64, Has nothing to do with "the system" , he's just an evil fuck burning in hell where he belongs
    http://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-a

    The testimony of the victim and other witnesses given before the grand jury disclosed that an unmarried female 22 years of age was walking home along Broadway near Polk Street in San Francisco at about 2:30 a.m. on October 12, 1964, when [232 Cal. App. 2d 286] she was brutally attacked and severely injured by Hugo Pinell. He forced her into an automobile driven by Felix Torres and the two men then proceeded to drive her to Julio Pinell's home at 228 Laussat Street. Hugo was Julio's nephew and Torres had been staying with Julio at the Laussat Street address. The victim was taken to a bedroom by her assailants, undressed and subjected to acts of rape, copulation and sodomy by Hugo Pinell. While in the room with Hugo, she overheard a conversation in another room between Felix Torres and a third person which she could not understand as it was in a foreign language.

    After two or three hours and many requests of Hugo to be taken home, the victim was led to another bedroom and there forcibly raped by Felix Torres. She was then given a blanket to wrap herself in and taken by Torres through the kitchen into a third bedroom where petitioner was in bed covered up. Torres pushed her toward the bed and Hugo stated, referring to petitioner Julio: "He wants to have his fun." She sat on the edge of the bed. Julio did not say or do anything. At this point, the victim became ill and Hugo and Torres took her through the kitchen in the nude and onto the back porch where she vomited in the garbage can. She was then brought back into the kitchen where someone put a robe over her. Petitioner, who by now had gotten out of bed and put on his trousers, placed a bandage over her bleeding eye. She was then allowed to dress, given her purse and taken by Hugo Pinell and Felix Torres to the vicinity of Broadway and Van Ness Avenue where she was released. Nine dollars and fifty-five cents was missing from her purse. Just before she left the house, Julio had asked her to look in her purse.

  5. you hold this man as a devil without any remorse in his heart yet the society looks at Charles manson as a human being that deserves forgiveness!

  6. At some point we have to be responsible for what we have done to put ourselves in certain situations. Mr. Pinell did not go to prison as an innocent person. I believe that was his victim who was brutally raped and assaulted by Mr. Pinell. She is the only victim. Criminals break the law, choose to not follow rules of society, then want society to rehabilitate them. How can someone who has chosen to break the rules of society, turn around and hold society accountable. As people of color, we need to hold ourselves responsible for our actions and stop blaming the system, society, racism, etc. The number one killer of young black males is
    young black males. If black lives really mattered we wouldn’t be killing each other. Mr. Pinell made his decision to break the law. How can we say this convicted rapist is a hero? That’s why we are getting nowhere in America. We choose to view ourselves as victims but white people are not impregnating our young black females and then not raising that child as a family. Black people are killing black people in Oakland, Baltimore, Detroit. We protest for law breaking thugs but we should be protesting the death of values within our communities.
    It’s time for young black men to stop being thugs and start being men. Nobody makes us act ghetto, it’s how we choose to act. We all know right from wrong. So stop making every black a victim. We are not victims.

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