[Ppnews] Omaha Two - Officer Larry Minard denied justice by J. Edgar Hoover under COINTELPRO in 1970

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Officer Larry Minard denied justice by J. Edgar Hoover under COINTELPRO in 1970

By <http://www.examiner.com/user-richardsonreports>Michael 
Richardson, COINTELPRO Examiner

Forty-one years ago on August 17, 1970, a couple of hours after 
midnight, a 29 year-old police officer, 
Minard, Sr., was murdered  Officer Minard was killed by an ambush 
bomb, while responding to a 911 call about a woman screaming.

The father of five young children was one of eight Omaha, Nebraska 
policemen lured to a vacant house where death waited in a 
bobby-trapped suitcase.  Officer Minard was killed instantly when the 
suitcase he was examining exploded in his face.

Almost immediately the homicide investigation began leaving the young 
policeman's body lying in the blast debris for several hours while 
crime scene personnel searched for clues.

In the morning a task force codenamed Operation Domino was convened 
to coordinate the investigation.  A week-long sweep soon began that 
would yield approximately 60 arrests as police sought to catch 
Minard's killer.  Governor Norbert Tiemann offered use of the State Patrol.

Investigators from the Division of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms joined 
the Federal Bureau of Investigation in aiding the Omaha police.  The 
entire city was on notice that the crime would not go unpunished.

But unknown to the uniformed officers searching the Near North Side 
for suspects, Paul Young, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Omaha 
FBI office was not interested in apprehending Minard's killer or 
killers.  Instead, Young would propose to Assistant Chief of Police 
Glen Gates that the Black Panther leadership be charged with the crime.
Paul Young had been under pressure from FBI director J. Edgar Hoover 
to get the Panther leaders off the streets.  Hoover was secretly 
directing a massive clandestine counterintelligence operation called 
against domestic political targets he considered dangerous and had 
sent a series of memorandums to Young demanding results.

The only trouble with the FBI plan was the 911 recording of the 
killer's voice which was not that of either 
Poindexter or 
we Langa (then David Rice) the two Panthers targeted by Young.  To 
get the incriminating tape recording out of the way Young convinced 
Gates to send the 911 recording to the FBI crime laboratory in 
Washington, D.C. for analysis.

However, Young requested no laboratory report be prepared and that 
test results be phoned to him only.  When Ivan Willard Conrad, head 
of the FBI lab, got the tape and unusual request to not issue a 
report about the killer of a policeman  he talked with J. Edgar 
Hoover over the phone about the tape from Omaha.

Hoover gave the okay to withhold a report on the identity of Minard's 
killer which Conrad noted in a handwritten entry on the COINTELPRO 
memorandum which he initialed and dated, the only written record thus 
far released of Hoover's treachery.

Larry Minard was buried the next day on what would have been his 
thirtieth birthday.

The jury that convicted Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa, now known 
as the Omaha Two, of the killing never got to hear the voice of the 
killer who made the murderous call.

suppressed by Hoover was eventually destroyed by the Omaha Police 
Department.  However, years later a copy, made by a dispatcher, 
surfaced and in 2007 was the subject of a post-trial hearing.  A 
leading forensic audiologist, Tom  Owen, testified the killer's 
identify caught on the 911 tape remains unknown,

Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa, denied a new trial, continue to 
deny any role in the bombing but remain imprisoned at the Nebraska 
State Penitentiary serving life sentences.

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