Interview with Delbert Africa of the MOVE 9 on the 31 year Anniversary of his incarceration. This interview is recorded live from Dallas Prison on Sat. Aug 8, 2009. You will hear the prison monitor interrupt the interview.
Delbert Africa is one of the MOVE 9. He has been in MOVE almost since the beginning. The MOVE 9 are innocent men and women who have been in prison since August 8, 1978, following a massive police attack on us at our home in Powelton Village (Philadelphia). This was seven years before the government dropped a bomb on MOVE, killing 11 people, including 5 babies. The August 8, 1978 police attack on MOVE followed years of police brutality against MOVE and was a major military operation carried out by the Philadelphia police department under orders of then-mayor, Frank Rizzo, whose reputation for racism and brutality is well known; it followed him up thru the ranks of the police department to the police commissioner’s office to the mayor’s office.
Delbert Africa says, “In 1978, during the confrontation, the cops videotaped other cops beating me. It was regarded as one of the worst instances of police brutality ever caught on tape. I recovered right after they stopped, I was getting better. It’s hard to describe it, that when they originally started beating me from the first cop in front of me hitting me with that helmet. The other fool put the shotgun stroke on me, put the butt stroke with the shotgun on me. From that time, MOMMA had just put me in a state of mind where I could feel the pressure from all the blows, the kicks and all that, but they wasn’t really hurting me. I can remember after they beat me, during the segment that everybody seen during the video tape, they drug me across the street to where police commissioner O’Neil the Chief Inspector, and other high rankin cops was at, and they was beating me over there.”[audio:http://www.normbond.com/Content/Radio/AudioFiles/NORM%20BOND%20MOVE%209%20INTERVIEW%2008%2008%2009.mp3]