A shooting victim says that police and federal agents pressured him into saying black activist H. Rap Brown was the attacker and that they later threatened to file charges against him if he changed his story.
"They asked me did I see who did it," William Miles said in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"I said I didn't see who did it."
Brown, who has adopted the Muslim name Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, is the former leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and had close ties to the Black Panther Party.
He once urged blacks to arm themselves because violence is "as American as cherry pie."
After Al-Amin was charged last week with aggravated assault, he accused federal law enforcement agents of targeting him because of his radical past and growing influence as a Muslim leader.
Maj. William Shannon, commander of the Atlanta Police Department's Special Investigations Section, said police "would never pressure anyone to make a statement that is not true."
Ed Goetz, supervisory agent in charge of the FBI's Joint Counterterrorism Task Force, said he could not comment on an open investigation.
Miles, 22, was shot in the leg from behind July 26 as he passed Al-Amin's grocery store. Miles said that as he stumbled and ran, he saw no one near the store, which was closed.