He was Black Nationalist Ron Karenga:
In 1971, Karenga, Louis Smith, and Luz Maria Tamayo were convicted of felony assault and false imprisonment for assaulting and torturing over a two day period two women from the US Organization, Deborah Jones and Gail Davis. An article in the Los Angeles Times described the testimony of one of the women: "Deborah Jones, who once was given the title of an African queen, said she and Gail Davis were whipped with an electrical cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothes. She testified that a hot soldering iron was placed in Miss Davis' mouth and placed against Miss Davis' face and that one of her own big toes was tightened in a vise. Karenga, head of US, also put detergent and running hoses in their mouths, she said" (wiki)
Of course, to the left, the means to an end, values, and common human decency are much less important than achieving a political goal, so I guess torture is no big deal.
Unless, you know, it's playing loud music at Islamofascist terrorists or sumthin. In that case, it's just plain wrong!