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Chhayrong Chhum – the adopted son of Charlie Robertson, a former mayor in Pennsylvania – has announced the death of his father at the age of 83.

Robertson was acquitted of murder in the killing of a black woman during racial unrest in York County, Pennsylvania, in 1969. He was charged that, as a patrolman on the city force, he incited a group of young white males who subsequently ambushed a vehicle and shot to death Lillie Belle Allen.

When he was finally put on trial in 2002 prosecutors said Robertson gave ammunition to at least one of the gunmen. A co-defendant who pleaded guilty in the case, Rick Knouse, testified Robertson told him to “kill as many” blacks as he could.

Picture source: Toronto Star