The Execution of Black Panther Leader Fred Hampton (1969 news report)

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A 1969 news report on the assassination of Black Panther’s leader Fred Hampton.

On December 4, 1969, Chicago police raided Hampton’s apartment and shot and killed him in his bed. He was just 21 years old. Black Panther leader Mark Clark was also killed in the raid.

Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969) was an American activist and revolutionary] chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and deputy chairman of the national BPP. Hampton was assassinated while sleeping at his apartment during a raid by a tactical unit of the Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in December 1969. His death was ruled as a justifiable homicide by the inquest. A civil lawsuit filed in 1970 resulted in a settlement of $1.85 million in 1982.