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    Fred Hampton Assassination Crime Scene Photographs.
    Seven color photos, 5" x 7"
    Chicago; circa December 4, 1969

    The photos include five shots from inside Hampton's apartment, with images of the bed where Hampton was initially shot and of the bullet holes in the wall. There are two photographs of the outside of the apartment, where a crowd has gathered. The shots of inside the apartment are quite graphic, as there is a large bloodstain on the mattress.

    Fred Hampton (1948-1969) was a Chicago native, and became involved with the NAACP following his high school graduation in 1966. He majored in pre-law at Triton Junior College, and used this education in dealing with the police after joining the Black Panthers. Hampton's oratorical skills and natural charisma helped him gain prominence within the Black Panthers and he soon became leader of the Chicago chapter. At the same time, the FBI's COINTELPRO program was conducting surveillance and raids on political groups such as those connected to the civil rights movement, as well as any Communist or anti-Vietnam War groups. Numerous Black Panther Party (BPP) leaders were "neutralized" via wrongful incrimination, smear campaigns, and even assassination.

    On the night of December 3, 1969, a group of BPP members returned to Hampton's apartment after a meeting. It is believed that Hampton was drugged by an FBI informant who accompanied the group. In the early hours of December 4, approximately two dozen Chicago police officers conducted a raid on the apartment. It is estimated that some 99 rounds were fired by the police, while the Panthers fired only a single shot. At the end of the raid, Fred Hampton, 21, and Mark Clark, 22, had been killed. The coroner's inquest determined their deaths to be justifiable homicide, and although Cook County State's Attorney Edward Hanrahan and 17 of his subordinates were indicted, all were eventually cleared of criminal charges. 5,000 people attended Fred Hampton's funeral. In 1971, a break-in at an FBI office led to the reveal of the COINTELPRO operation to the public. And in 1982, the city of Chicago, the federal government, and Cook County made a $1.85 million settlement as an admission to the conspiracy to murder Fred Hampton by the FBI and Hanrahan's department.

    Condition: Minimal wear, very good.


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