OPD Officers Attack Black Panther Headquarters
KTVU News footage from September 1968 with Claud Mann featuring an attack by Oakland Police Department officers on the Black Panther Party's headquarters on Grove Street in Oakland. Includes interviews with: eyewitness Cecil Johnson, who describes what he saw; Eldridge Cleaver, who declares "we have got to get together, get our black army together and drive these dogs [police] out of the community"; Reverend Earl Neil, who comments that "The police are the aggressors in our community … and I think this is vivid proof of what we mean by that statement"; Oakland Police Chief Charles Gain, who confirms that that two police officers have been fired and are facing felony chrages in connection with this attack and Oakland's Mayor John Reading, who calls the incident "regrettable and deplorable." Ends with scenes of Huey P. Newton reflecting on this incident from jail, whilst being interviewed by KTVU's Carlton Cordell. Note you can also watch an interview with the defense lawyer who is representing the two officers (Richard V. William and Robert W. Farrell) accused of firing on the Grove Street building. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.
Tags: black panther party, black panthers hq, carlton cordell, cecil johnson, claud mann, eldridge cleaver, grove street, huey p. newton, ktvu 84-1, mayor john reading, oakland, police chief charles gain, reverend earl neil
Added to Bay Area Television Archive on March 28, 2015.
- Type of material: archival newsfilm
- Duration: 8:42
- Rights for this video belong to: Cox Enterprises Inc/KTVU
- Recording medium: 16mm co-magentic sound film
- Date aired: September 1968
- Originally aired on: KTVU
- KTVU 84-1.mp4 (144.53 MB – MPEG4 video)
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