The murder of Fred Hampton

Fred Hampton, who had become chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party by the age of twenty-one, was a great revolutionary leader and organizer. He was killed in cold blood on December 4, 1969, as he lay drugged in bed in his apartment, by Cook County and Chicago Police Department acting under the direction of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI.

The Murder of Fred Hampton is a 1971 documentary film which began with the intention of covering Fred Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party. During the production of the film, Fred Hampton was assassinated, so the movie covers the killing as well as his life and the revolutionary threat that he posed to American capitalism and white supremacy.

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