Scan taken from Houston’s Space City! (1970) which ran Berkeley Tribe’s coverage of Huey Newton’s release from Oakland County Jail. Photo by Nacio Jan Brown.
On Aug. 5 Huey P. Newton returned to the streets. Two months ago the California State Court of Appeals reversed the sloppy voluntary manslaughter conviction that had kept Huey in jail for the last 35 months.
When he walked out of the courthouse, surrounded by a flying wedge of Panthers he gave the clenched fist salute to his supporters. Then, feeling the heat and obviously disliking the oppressiveness of his Alameda County khaki, he opened his shirt and took it off.
Mobbed as he tried to get into a car, he stood on top of it, assumed leadership in an easy, natural way, quieted people down, calmly thanked his supporters for setting him free, and asked them to do the same for the Soledad Brothers, Los Siete, and all other political prisoners.