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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Florida senate issues formal apology to Groveland Four

The senate is calling for full posthumous pardons
The senate is calling for full posthumous pardons

The Florida senate has formally apologised to the families of four black men accused of raping a white teenager nearly seven decades ago in a notorious case of racial injustice.

The unanimously-approved resolution also asks state governor Rick Scott and the cabinet to grant the men full posthumous pardons.

The Lake County men, known as the Groveland Four, were accused of the rape in 1949 under dubious circumstances.

One of the men was hunted down by a 1,000-strong posse and shot more than 400 times.

Three others were convicted. After the US supreme court ordered a new trial in 1951, a sheriff shot two of them, claiming the handcuffed men were trying to escape. One of them died.

The two surviving men were eventually paroled.

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