Black Panther Fred Hampton’s bullet riddled gravestone (credit: Facebook screenshot)
Fred Hampton, head of the Chicago Black Panther Party, and Mark Clark, of the Peoria chapter, were shot to death in a December 1969 bloody, pre-dawn police raid on Hampton’s apartment. Hunted by police in the deadly raid, Hampton remains a target for those opposed to his Black Panther advocacy. Hampton’s tombstone is bullet riddled by unknown vandals.
Hampton had been targeted for elimination under a clandestine counterintelligence program called COINTELPRO of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In Chicago, FBI agent Roy Mitchell falsely informed State’s Attorney Edward Hanrahan’s special police unit that weapons had been moved into Hampton’s apartment.
On December 4, 1969, in a FBI orchestrated raid by Hanrahan’s special squad, Hampton and Clark were shot to death. Fourteen handpicked policemen, armed with twenty-seven firearms including a Thompson submachine and shotguns, converged on Hampton’s apartment at 4:45…
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