[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
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
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
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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