Today in History: Courthouse Shootout Occurred


Marin County Courthouse Incident

The Marin County Courthouse incident was an event which occurred on August 7th, 1970.

African American radical, Jonathan Jackson attempted to negotiate the freedom of the Soledad Brothers, by kidnapping Superior Court Judge Harold Haley from the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California.

The resulting shootout left four men dead, including both Jackson and Judge Haley.

Two others were wounded.

The event received intense media coverage, as did the subsequent manhunt and trial of Angela Davis, an ousted assistant professor from UCLA who owned some of the weapons used in the breakout.

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