Innocence Project Suspect of Racism in Virgin Islands 3 Case: No Accountability to the Oppressed as a Matter of White Privilege
A brief history of the case of the VI3 is required, so in 1972 five young Black male natives were charged with the murder of seven White "American tourists" and a mulatto at the Fountain Valley golf course in St. Croix. The FBI led all police actions in the case, rounding up over 100 young Black native men in house to house searches, none of them older than 24, who were beaten and tortured. The incident was treated by the U.S., and portrayed in the press as a slave uprising, so it had to be quickly quashed and some guilty parties publicly executed, they settled on Ishmael LaBeet, Raphael Joseph, Abdul Aziz, Haneef Bey, and Malik Bey as the culprits in one week. This, in spite of the fact that the five assailants wear masked the entire time, spent less than 10 minutes at the site, and then disappeared into the surrounding rain forest. How the FBI decided that the assailants were young men is a mystery, even though the assault rifle used to commit the murders was registered to the St. Croix police department. All of the young men were beaten, however the five were subjected to straight out torture, they were hung by the neck repeatedly, water-boarded, genital electric shock, starvation, sleep deprivation, in addition to being constantly beaten. The "confessions" obtained from this was the only "evidence" that the U.S. had, and all that it needed to then put them on the public execution block before all the other slaves and slave sympathizers, and lobbed off their heads with sentences of more than 700-years each (the killing of the mulatto employee did not count), which was quickly executed.