NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 08, 1969
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(Studio) 8 men and 3 women of Black Panthers battle with Los Angeles police for 5 hrs. 3 police wounded. Shootout only 4 days after Chicago killings.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Los Angeles, California) Police go to Panther headquarters with search and arrest warrants. Shootout shown. 11 surrender; 3 Panthers wounded. Interior headquarters shown with weapons. 300 officers at raid. [L.A. Police Department Insp. Pete HAGEN - says our actions taken locally and independently.] [Panther Attorney Charles GARRY - feels government trying to commit genocide on Panther Party] Many blacks felt raid's purpose was to put fear into black community. No trouble at 2 other Panther raids.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Chicago, Illinois) Crowds view apt of slain Panther, Fred Hampton, and other Panthers. Civic groups and ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) say evidence in apt. refutes police version of shooting. [Afro-American Police Association Renault ROBINSON - says used police expertise to get information conflicting with official version. Calls it murder case.] Hampton's home town, Maywood, calls for investigation. [Village Trustee Thomas STRIETER - says this act of legitimized murder strips credibility from law enforcement. Policy of systematic repression exists. Criticizes Illinois Attorney Edward Hanrahan for remarks with regard to shootout.] Crowd at funeral home shown.
REPORTER: Bill Matney