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African-American Libertarian Civil Rights attorney and activist , admired Police Officer, ACLU board member John Perry died saving lives during the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade center.
We respectfully remember posthumous senior Libertarian International Organization board advisor John Perry, whose death was hailed as "emblematic" on national TV among the 9/11 martyrs.
Officer Perry was last seen charging up the stairs to the rescue while others urged him to turn back seconds before the building fell. He was 38.
FRIEND OF ISLAM & INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING
He wasn't even on duty. He was leaving the police to continue his legal and activist work in his growing interests in civil rights, malpractice issues, Libertarian education, and citizen diplomacy for Islamic-Western and other topics of world peace in what friends called a remarkable career. He had stopped in to see to paperwork when he was advised there was an emergency and volunteered to help. It is not thought he was even aware that the attack was associated with Islamic religious extremists.
Perry was a beloved figure in Libertarian local circles, working at a Libertarian book store and emphasizing the non-political and cultural aspects; he had just advised on a pamphlet for LIO on Libertarian concepts A to Z, an example of how he gave readily of his time. His interests in art included impromptu skits and acting roles on TV's Law & Order. The kind but firm attorney, amateur linguist, sports and science enthusiast, and cryonics publicist was also a close friend of another LIO advisor-observer no longer with us, John Kennedy, Jr. He was well-admired for his incorruptible reputation and was recognized for his heroism by the police department.