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The FBI COINTELPRO Program and the Fred Hampton Assassination

Fred Hampton, Chicago Black Panther Party, 1968.

Fred Hampton, Chicago Black Panther Party, 1969.

G. Flint Taylor, Huffington Post blog, originally posted Dec 3, 2013, reposted Dec 2, 2014

On December 4th it will be 44 years since a select unit of 14 Chicago Police officers, on special assignment to Cook County State’s Attorney Edward Hanrahan, executed a pre-dawn raid on a west side apartment that left Illinois Black Panther Party leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark dead, several other young Panthers wounded, and the seven raid survivors arrested on bogus attempted murder charges. The physical evidence soon exposed the claims of a “shootout” that were made by Hanrahan and his men to be blatant lies, and that the murderous reality was that the police fired nearly 100 shots while the Panthers fired but one.

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