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Nation of Islam Leader Vows Revenge On Brawley’s Purported Assailants

October 10, 1988

CHICAGO (AP) _ Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Sunday blasted a New York grand jury’s report that concluded a black teen-ager made up her story about being raped by six white men, and he vowed to kill and dismember the girl’s assailants.

″They would have us believe she did this to herself,″ Farrakhan told an audience of about 10,000 in a tent next to the Nation of Islam’s headquarters.

″They tell us she took dog excrement - a girl of her intelligence - and wiped dog excrement on her and got into a plastic bag. That she scrawled KKK on her chest and ‘nigger’ on her body and faked the condition she was in after the brutal beasts took her into their hands,″ Farrakhan said.

″It’s all right now because she is ours and we are hers. You raped my daughter and I will kill you and dismember your body and feed it to the fowl of the air,″ he declared as the audience roared with approval.

As Farrakhan spoke about Tawana Brawley, he held and patted the 16-year-old girl’s hand.

On Thursday, a grand jury in New York issued a 170-page report, based on a seven-month investigation of the teen-ager’s story.

The panel said it found no evidence that Miss Brawley had been sexually assaulted and concluded the teen-ager herself was responsible for the condition in which she was found after a four-day disappearance from Wappingers Falls, N.Y., 75 miles north of New York City, last November.

Miss Brawley was found Nov. 28, seemingly dazed, outside an apartment that had recently been vacated by her family in Wappingers Falls. Her body was smeared with dog feces and marked with racial slurs.

She claimed she had been held captive for four days and raped by several white men, including one who carried a police-type badge. But Miss Brawley and her mother refused to cooperate with the grand jury investigation on the recommendation of their advisers, who had accused authorities of a racially motivated cover-up.

Miss Brawley arrived in Chicago on Friday for the annual meeting of the Nation of Islam, a black Muslim religious sect, and told a news conference Saturday she stood by her story and had ″evidence to back it up.″

″This is no hoax. It’s the ugly truth that some don’t want to deal with, but I have to live with it,″ Miss Brawley said Saturday.

In his speech Sunday, Farrakhan referred to Miss Brawley as a ″mighty, young warrior″ and said she had asked him to give her a Muslim name.

As he spoke, Miss Brawley sat on the stage, accompanied by her mother, Glenda Brawley, and family advisers, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and lawyers C. Vernon Mason and Alton Maddox Jr.

Before the speech, Maddox announced that he, Mason and Sharpton would donate $1,000 to the Nation of Islam.

Farrakhan called Sharpton ″the baddest black brother on the East Coast and on the West Coast.″

The Muslim leader commented on the Brawley case toward the end of a speech that lasted more than three hours.

Farrakhan has supported Brawley throughout the ordeal and Sharpton called him the ″only credible national leader left in black America.″

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