Fred Hampton

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Fred Hampton
Born August 30, 1948
Summit, Illinois, U.S.
Died December 4, 1969(1969-12-04) (aged 21)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Cause of death Shooting[1]
Resting place Bethel Cemetery
Haynesville, Louisiana, U.S.[2]
Citizenship American
Education Proviso East High School
Occupation Activist, revolutionary
Years active 1965–1969
Known for Deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter Black Panther Party
Political party Black Panther Party
Partner(s) Deborah Johnson
(also known as Akua Njeri)
Relatives Fred Hampton Jr. (son)

Fred Hampton was a member of the Black Panther Party (BPP) in Chicago, Illinois. He was the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the BBP and the deputy chairman of the national BPP. He is mainly known for the way he died in 1969, aged 21. His apartment was raided on December 4th. In a gun battle lasting 20 minutes, Hampton was shot.[3] Mark Clark, was also killed and four other Panthers were wounded.[4] In spite of a ballistics report that showed the 14 police officers fired almost all the bullets in the raid, a grand jury failed to indict anyone.[4] Hampton’s family later filed a civil suit, eventually winning the case with a $1.8 million settlement.[3] The background and events of Hampton's death have been made into several documentary movies.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Shoot it out? The death of Fred Hampton". The Chicago Crime Scenes Project. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  2. Find A Grave: Fred Hampton 1948-1969
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ron Grossman (4 December 2014). "Fatal Black Panther raid in Chicago set off sizable aftershocks". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "1969 Police kill two members of the Black Panther Party". This Day In History. A&E Television Networks, LLC. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 

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