Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Death of a Black Panther: Fred Hampton's Murder In Chicago (1969)

Uploaded to ChiTownView 1/8/13

Following up yesterdays post about the assassination of Martin Luther King we have this story about the murder of another black leader during the 1960's. From the National Archives comes this unfortunate bit of Chicago history about the murder of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. It presents accounts of police officers who made raid, Fred Hampton's wife Debora, who was in the bed with Hampton when he was slain, Illinois State Attorney General Edward V. Hanrahan of what occurred at raid of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton's apartment, Chicago, Illinois, on 4 December 1969. Reviews charges and counter charges made by both sides and shows apartment where raid occurred. Interviews with Doc Sachel, who was injured in raid, and Black Panther Minister of Defense Bobby Rush (a current Chicago alderman). Two Chicago area councilmen condemn raid. Black Panther attorney reads from Grand Jury, Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois report which questions testimony given by officers to Grand Jury.

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