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Fred Hampton Murdered by Chicago Police 50 Years Ago

Ted Pearson; Norman Stockwell, Frances Madeson interviewing Jeffrey Haas
Early morning, December 4, 1969, fourteen police officers executed a search warrant on a Chicago flat rented by the Black Panther Party. Supposedly looking for illegal weapons, instead, they shot and killed two people, leaving four others wounded.

A National Abolitionist Victory for Public Health!

Critical Resistance Critical Resistance
banner and demonstrators for end of police violence "The passage of this statement and the recognition of policing as violence is a huge victory against racism and classism in this professional field. Our goal is for this work to be used to further organizing, research, and education..."

Sixteen Shots and a Conviction

Micah Uetricht and Rachel Johnson Jacobin
Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer who shot Laquan McDonald sixteen times, has been found guilty of murder. It's a major victory for Chicago activists and the broader movement against police brutality.
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