The Murder of Fred Hampton

The Murder of Fred Hampton

DVD - 2007
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Mike Gray started out to make a film about the Black Panther Party, but on Dec. 4, 1969, the Chicago police raided a Panther apartment and his film became a documentary about the murder of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. The film footage of the raid directly contradicted the State Attorney's version of the raid and so filmmakers and Panthers came together to prove that Hampton had been the designated target of the violent, punitive raid. The film's inquiry pursues official spokesmen and traps them in their attempts at covering up an orchestrated assassination.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Facets Multimedia, c2007
ISBN: 9781565805224
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Cicero March


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Aug 25, 2014

Mike Royko visited the apartment and wrote a full column on the shot-up apartment – He said that 99 shots came from the police and one shot came from inside the apartment and hit the ceiling. The police then fooled the Chicago Tribune into putting pictures on the front page with circles around supposed bullets in the door frame from the inside (towards the outside police). Guess what, the Tribune then had to admit upon closer observation, the “bullets” were actually the nailheads holding the door frame, not bullets. Then the local news channel allowed the police to expound on their version of the raid in a mocked up apartment for 10 to 20 minutes without commercial interruption (unprecedented). Guess what, per Mike Royko, the whole 10 to 20 minutes was one big lie. Then since the leader of the raid Hanrahan had to drop out of the race for office, the Democrats had to scramble for a replacement against the Republican. They had only a day to get signatures, so they had city workers spend the day forging tens of thousands of signatures to get the Democratic replacement on the ballot. Guess what, the Republican beat the Democrat in the election, a rarity in the Democratic controlled Cook County. Years later, the gov't settled for $1.85 million to the raid survivors. I will get this DVD today as it is available.


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