NYC Jericho received a call from Theresa Shoatz, Maroon's daughter, on Friday, May 3, 2019 with the following report:
Russell “Maroon” Shoatz was seen today in the prison infirmary. He was lucid and able to speak, but complained of nausea and abdominal pain. Maroon was unable to keep any liquids or food down.
As many of you know, Jalil has been to the parole board ten times since 2002, when he first become parole eligible.
Jalil has been denied each time for a variety of reasons, all of which are tantamount to the nature of the crime—something that will never change.
A letter from Kairi Al-Amin Son of Imam Jamil
I begin with the greeting of peace, As-Salaamu Alaikum,
I hope all is well and thank you for your time. As you may know, my father Imam Jamil Al-Amin, formerly civil rights leader and humanitarian H. Rap Brown, was convicted of murder in 2002.
Firstly, I wish you all the very best of holidays in which you celebrate. I have been remiss by not sending out a strong Kwanzaa recognition and new years greeting. I want to acknowledge receipt of your letters, cards, and concerns. I’m humbled by your continued efforts that acknowledge my circumstances year after year.
December 18, 2018
Dear Friends & Supporters:
Greetings of Peace, Imam Jamil Action Network (IJAN) has just heard that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has called for oral arguments on Imam Jamil's Appeal. They have scheduled it for the week of April 29, 2019.
Today we learned that great-grandfather and beloved elder Jalil Muntaqim (Anthony Bottom) has been denied parole by the New York State Board of Parole. Jalil was convicted of the 1971 murders of two New York City police officers, a crime for which he accepted responsibility and demonstrated remorse.