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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Michael Daniel Lynem Shares Journey From OC Black Panther to Pastor

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

The day after the June 4, 1969 murder of Santa Ana policeman Nelson Sasscer, Michael Daniel Lynem faced two choices when officers arrived at his home to arrest him. The leader of the Santa Ana branch of the Black Panther Party could either go out in glorious blaze of bullets or surrender. An innocent Lynem laid down his arms. Two black Santa Ana policeman cuffed the 22-year-old, but not before punching him in the face.

Lynem spent a month in jail before the Orange County District Attorney’s office dropped murder charges against him. “People still are interested, want to hear and are fascinated about my story,” he says. “It’s opened some doors for me to able to share and speak into people’s lives.”

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

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