Fifty years ago this week, a squad of Chicago police officers killed Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in a pre-dawn raid on the apartment where they were sleeping. In early November, Hampton traveled to California on a speaking engagement to the UCLA Law Students Association. The rest had been fired by police. [63] Jury foreman James T. Hicks stated that they could not consider the charges made by surviving Black Panthers who had been in the apartment; they had told reporters that the police entered the apartment shooting. The Black Panther Raid and the death of Fred Hampton. [49], In 1990, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed a resolution, introduced by then-Alderman Madeline Haithcock, commemorating December 4, 2004, as "Fred Hampton Day in Chicago". activities of Fred Hampton and the Chicago chapter of the Black Panthers for a documentary. It’s a real movie, for one thing — brash, narratively risky, full of life … Black Panther Fred Hampton. and Hanrahan's men to murder Fred Hampton." [66] G. Flint Taylor, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs, said: "The settlement is an admission of the conspiracy that existed between the F.B.I. “Judas and the Black Messiah” is my kind of dramatized Chicago history. The Panthers became effectively isolated from their power base in the Chicago ghetto, so the FBI worked to undermine its ties with other radical organizations. Fred Hampton was a leader in the Black Panther Party who was harassed and targeted by local law enforcement and the FBI, resulting in his murder during a … He worked to get more and better recreational facilities established in the neighborhoods and to improve educational resources for Maywood's impoverished black community. Mark Clark, sitting in the front room of the apartment with a shotgun in his lap, was on security duty. An FBI chemist would later fail to find similar traces, but Berman stood by her findings. In his eulogy, Jackson noted that "when Fred was shot in Chicago, black people in particular, and decent people in general, bled everywhere. [66] The Supreme Court of the United States heard an appeal by defendants, but voted 5–3 in 1980 to return the case to the District Court for a new trial. [58] On December 23, Toman announced four additions to the jury, who included two African-American men: physician Theodore K. Lawless and attorney Julian B. Wilkins, the son of J. Ernest Wilkins, Sr.[58] He said the four were selected from a group of candidates submitted to his office by groups and individuals representing both Chicago's black and white communities. One was a shotgun shell, probably fired by Mark Clark. [74] In March 2006, supporters of Hampton's charity work proposed the naming of a Chicago street in honor of the former Black Panther leader. As the nationwide Panther leadership began to be decimated by the effects of the FBI's COINTELPRO, Hampton's prominence in the national hierarchy increased rapidly and dramatically. One of the documents released after the break-in was a floor plan of Hampton's apartment. [66] The $1.85 million settlement was believed to be the largest ever in a civil rights case. Categories ( click to retract ) - Administrative Policy Procedures - Anti-War - Bureau Personnel - Civil Rights - Counterterrorism - Foreign Counterintelligence "[70] This view is also presented in Jakobi Williams's book From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago. It said that the refusal of the surviving Black Panthers to cooperate hampered the investigation, and that the press "improperly and grossly exaggerated stories". [66], The plaintiffs appealed. By Jeffrey Haas. In January 1970, a coroner's jury held an inquest and ruled the deaths of Hampton and Clark to be justifiable homicide. Fred Hampton Apartment. In … Hampton, drugged by barbiturates, was sleeping on a mattress in the bedroom with his fiancée, Deborah Johnson, who was nine months pregnant with their child. The Bureau released a batch of racist cartoons in the Panthers' name,[21] aimed at alienating white activists. [54] "The Commission" further alleged that the Chicago Police Department had imposed a summary punishment on the Panthers. The Plaintiffs appealed and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed, ordering the case to be retried. In the early 1990s, Deborah Johnson was interviewed about the raid by Jose Cha Cha Jimenez, former president and co-founder of the Young Lords Organization. In fact, Fred Hampton Jr. now leads the Black Panther Party Cubs. [13][14], In November 1969, Hampton traveled to California and met with the National BPP leadership at UCLA. Fifty years ago this week, a squad of Chicago police officers killed Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in a pre-dawn raid on the apartment where they were sleeping.