OPD Officers Attack Black Panther Headquarters

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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.

Type of material
archival newsfilm
16mm co-magentic sound film
Rights for this video belong to
Cox Enterprises Inc/KTVU
Date aired
September 1968
Originally aired on
KTVU 84-1

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