The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther

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It's around 7:00 a.m. on December 4, 1969, and attorney Jeff Haas is in a police lockup in Chicago, interviewing Fred Hampton's fiancee. She is describing how the police pulled her from the room as Fred lay unconscious on their bed. She heard one officer say, "He's still alive." She then heard two shots. A second officer said, "He's good and dead now." She looks at Jeff and asks, "What can you do?"

The Assassination of Fred Hampton is Haas's personal account of how he and People's Law Office partner Flint Taylor pursued Hampton's assassins, ultimately prevailing over unlimited government resources and FBI conspiracy. Not only a story of justice delivered, the book puts Hampton in a new light as a dynamic community leader and an inspiration in the fight against injustice.

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"A must-read." --Len Weinglass, lawyer and civil rights activist

"[A] disturbing eyewitness account in straightforward prose. . . . A still-chilling tale of law-enforcement misconduct." --"Kirkus Reviews"

"[A] political cliff-hanger . . . "The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police murdered a Black Panther" is an expose [that] should be read in schools across the country." --"Huffington Post""

Required political reading, especially for conservatives who are genuinely concerned about the damage secret government can do. --"Chicago"" Daily Observer""

An extremely important bookand a tale well toldfor America to read ifit wants to become what it says it has always beenthe land of the free and thehome of the brave. Ramsey Clark, former United States Attorney General"

A true crime story and legal thriller, this powerful account puts together all the pieces, step by step, giving us the anatomy of a despicable episode in recent American history. The writing is clear and straightforward; the overall impact devastating. Phillip Lopate, author of "Getting Personal""

At once journalist, lawyer and storyteller, Jeff Haas manages to sear into everypage of this book a compassion seemingly forgotten, providing a rivetingeyewitness account of the government assassination of Fred Hampton. This ismandatory reading for those who love and believe in freedom. Elaine Brown, author and former chairman of the Black Panther Party"

Part history, part courtroom drama, part literary memoir, Haas evokes withchilling precision a bloody and desperate repressive state apparatus locked inconflict with its greatest fear, a charismatic young black man with revolution onhis mind. William Ayers, professor of education, University of Illinois at Chicago"

A must-read. Len Weinglass, lawyer and civil rights activist"

"[A] political cliff-hanger . . . The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police murdered a Black Panther is an expose [that] should be read in schools across the country." --Huffington Post

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Attorney Jeffrey Haas has spent his career working for justice. In 1969 he and three other lawyers set up the People's Law Office, whose clients included the Black Panthers, SDS, and other political activists. Haas went on to handle cases involving prisoners' rights, police torture, and the wrongfully accused. He continues to represent victims of police brutality.

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