News 12 january — 12:32

Florida pardons wrongly accused Groveland Four after 70 years


Four black men who were wrongly accused of raping a white teenager in Florida 70 years ago have been pardoned, BBC reports.

Officials voted unanimously to issue the pardon at a meeting in the state capital of Tallahassee on Friday.

None of the men are still alive, but their family members were in attendance to plead their innocence.

Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Ernest Thomas are known as the Groveland Four and were accused of abducting and raping a girl in 1949.

Thomas was hunted down by a posse of more than 1,000 men shortly after the alleged incident and was shot hundreds of times.

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