[Marxism] The Company You Keep

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon May 20 07:28:34 MDT 2013

On 5/20/13 9:16 AM, Alan Wieder wrote:
> One point of information -- David did not lead the Brinks Robbery

Maybe he didn't lead it but he was involved. Also, I misstated the 
person who was killed in the incident. It was a cop, not a security 
guard. From Wikipedia:

In the late 1970s or early 1980s Gilbert and other white activists took 
the name RATF (Revolutionary Armed Task Force), declaring their 
solidarity with the Black Liberation Army (BLA). On October 20, 1981, 
the RATF participated along with several members of the BLA in an 
attempt to rob a Brinks armored car at the Nanuet Mall, near Nyack, New 
York.[10] While Gilbert and Boudin waited in a U-Haul truck in a nearby 
parking lot, armed BLA members took another vehicle to the mall, where a 
Brinks truck was making a delivery. They confronted the guards and a 
shoot out ensued, wounding guard Joe Trombino after he let off one shot 
and killing his co-worker, Peter Paige. [11] The robbers then took $1.6 
million in cash and sped off to transfer into the waiting U-Haul. The 
truck was soon stopped by a police roadblock. Gilbert and Boudin 
surrendered but when the officers tried to search the back of the 
vehicle BLA members emerged shooting. Two police officers, Waverly L. 
Brown and Edward J. O'Grady, died in the shootout. Gilbert fled the 
scene with other RATF and BLA members but was caught by police that day. 
He was tried, and sentenced in 1983 to 75 years for three counts of 
felony murder. His extremely long sentence for participating in this 
action (especially when compared to Kathy Boudin, whose guilty plea 
earned her 20-years-to-life, from which she was paroled on 20 August 
2003 and released 17 September 2003) may be due to his decision not to 
participate in his trial, not recognizing the authority of the state to 
try him. Gilbert has admitted that his participating in the Brinks 
robbery was wrong and apologized for his role in the "tragic loss of 
life" on that day. He does not deny his role in the robbery and 
subsequent murders.

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