Black Panthers carrying shotguns at State Capitol Building

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KPIX-TV news footage from May 2 1967 featuring scenes of armed members of the Black Panther Party at California's State Capitol building in Sacramento where they are protesting against passage of the Mulford Bill, which would make public carrying of loaded firearms illegal. Includes views of Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Bobby Hutton and others walking around the corridors of the State Capitol, some of them (not Newton, who has a walking cane) carrying shotguns. There are also views of: Huey P. Newton and others sitting in the Assembly Chamber where the Mulford Bill is being heard; Bobby Seale and Bobby Hutton under arrest, as police officers examine their shotguns and of Newton leaving with his companions, who calls their removal from the proceedings a: "Gestapo tactic!" This footage is all that survives from the original 16mm newsfilm reel, which was cut up by KPIX multiple times for editing before what remained in the film can came to the TV Archive in the 1980s. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

This positive reversal print was remastered again in August 2021 in 4K resolution (4096x2970), using a 6.5K Lasergraphics film scanner with high dynamic resolution (HDR). 


16mm b&w positive reversal print, with co-magnetic soundtrack
Digital Format
mp4 file
local newsfilm
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KPIX 31170

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