Why A Shootout Between Black Panthers And Police 50 Years Ago Matters Today

  • A historian who has interviewed participants in the confrontation for a coming book, sees the raid in the context of a then-emerging strategy of urban policing in the U.S., shaped by the racial and political clashes of the 1960s and forged through a growing partnership between local and federal law enforcement. That strategy, of criminalizing Black political activism at a time when white reactionary protesters were accommodated, has defined police responses to Americans’ activism – and political violence – over the past half-century.

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