D.C. Mayor Marion Barry: “It’s got nothing to do with drugs.”

Marion Barry, former Mayor of the District of Columbia, passed away last week. Elected in 1979, he was the first civil rights leader to become mayor of a major US city. He was well-loved by many of D.C.’s residents, earning the nickname “Mayor for Life.”In 1990, Barry was arrested by the FBI following a sting operation where Barry was videotaped smoking crack cocaine. He was ultimately convicted and served 6 months in prison. After his release, he ran for a seat on the city council, which he won, and in 1994 was once again elected Mayor. He served until 1999, when he chose not to run for re-election. In 2005, Barry took a seat on the city council, which he held until his death.

This video was edited using raw footage shot by Eddie Becker, video correspondent for The 90’s, during the trial in the summer of 1990.

For more on Marion Barry, you can check out this obituary by the Washington Post.

 

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