Jack Hamann

In the summer of 1944, African-American soldiers staged a nighttime attack on a cadre of Italian prisoners of war at Seattle's Fort Lawton (now Discovery Park). It was a shocking event, resulting in the largest and longest court martial of World War II. To top it off, the riot resulted in the death of a POW, whose body was found hanging from a rope the morning after. So here's the stunning historical headline: Blacks lynch white man. In the years following his initial KING TV investigation, Hamann dug deeper into the story and discovered there was much more to it. Indeed, in his 2005 book On American Soil: How Justice Became a Casualty of WWII, he came to believe that the U.S. Army had¬ósurprise, surprise¬óbungled the investigation of the riot, destroyed and withheld key evidence from the defense during the trial, and essentially covered its ass by railroading more than 40 black soldiers (including three who were charged with the POW's murder, despite a complete lack of evidence that they played any role in his death). KNUTE BERGER

Fri., March 6, 7 p.m., 2009

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