The Black Panthers and the Assassination of Fred Hampton (1971)

Dandelion Salad

by Hans Bennett
www.towardfreedom.com
11.02.2009

On the morning of December 4, 1969, lawyer Jeffrey Haas received a call from his partner at the People’s Law Office, informing him that early that morning Chicago police had raided the apartment of Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton at 2337 West Monroe Street in Chicago. Tragically, Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark had both been shot dead, and four other Panthers in the apartment had critical gunshot wounds. Police were uninjured and had fired their guns 90-99 times. Throughout the assault Hampton had remained unconscious strong evidence emerged later that a paid FBI informant had given Hampton a sedative that prevented him from waking up and after police forced his 8-month pregnant fiancee, Deborah Johnson, out of the bedroom, two officers entered the room where Hampton still lay unconscious. Johnson heard one officer ask, “Is he still alive?” After two gunshots were fired inside the room, the other officer said, “He’s good and dead now.”

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via The Black Panthers and the Assassination of Fred Hampton

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The Murder of Fred Hampton

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“The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther”

Democracy Now!
Dec. 4, 2009

Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the death of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. On December 4th, 1969, Chicago police raided Fred Hampton’s apartment and shot and killed him in his bed. He was just twenty-one years old. Black Panther leader Mark Clark was also killed in the raid. While authorities claimed the Panthers had opened fire on the police who were there to serve a search warrant for weapons, evidence later emerged that told a very different story: that the FBI, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and the Chicago police conspired to assassinate Fred Hampton. We speak with attorney Jeffrey Haas, author of The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther. [includes rush transcript]

http://media.libsyn.com/media/democracynow/dn2009-1204-1.mp3

[Starts at 34:42 minutes in]

Jeffrey Haas, author of The Assassination of Fred Hampton. He co-founded the People’s Law Office in 1969 and was the attorney for the plaintiffs in the federal suit Hampton v. Hanrahan.

via “The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther”

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  8. how tragic i was only four yrs. old and i can remember the panthers in north jersey and new york but what is really tragic about this entire situation is that the panthers never lynched, or destroyed, burned or bombed anyone or done these things to churches but to this very day the black panther party is still listed on the terrorist watch list!!!!! no go figure

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