A member of the Black Panthers who was convicted in the 1970 death of a police officer has died in prison.
Mondo we Langa, also known as David Rice, died in a Lincoln, Nebraska, prison on Mar. 12. The Associated Press reports the cause of death was related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
we Langa was one of two Nebraska Black Panthers leaders serving life in prison for the murder of an Omaha police officer. Authorities said the “Omaha Two” which was made up of we Langa and Edward Poindexter were responsible for the detonation of a suitcase bomb inside a home, which killed Officer Larry Minard.
The two men always upheld their innocence, they said they were falsely implicated because of their political beliefs. Questions surrounding the case prompted Amnesty International in 2009 to call for either their release or a new trial.
Poindexter, 71, remains in prison after he was denied a request for parole in 2014.