[Pnews] Bombing murder of Omaha policeman in 1970 was used by FBI against Black Panther leaders

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  Bombing murder of Omaha policeman in 1970 was used by FBI against
  Black Panther leaders

Michael Richardson - August 17, 2018

Forty-eight years ago, at 2:07 a.m. on August 17, 1970, a bomb exploded 
in the face of Omaha Patrolman Larry Minard who was examining an 
abandoned suitcase in a vacant house. Minard and seven others were 
responding to an emergency 911 call about a woman screaming. The Federal 
Bureau of Investigation was called soon after the blast and was running 
license plate checks and calling informants before dawn.

Detective Jack Swanson arrived at a stakeout watching a suspect’s house. 
Richard Gibson was a man of interest to Swanson according to a police 
report until an early-morning call from the FBI cleared Gibson. “At this 
time, we were contacted by agents of the FBI who stated they had talked 
with Gibson at this time.”

A telephone call was made to FBI headquarters from the Omaha office at 
7:45 a.m. Assistant Director Charles Brennan was informed by memorandum 
about the call concerning the death of a policeman. “Omaha Office 
offered assistance in covering out-of-state leads and FBI Laboratory 
facilities offered. Omaha advised it had notified military and Secret 
Service, was following closely, and alerted its racial informants in 
pursuit of investigation.”

Brennan was also assured, “Pertinent parts will be included in teletype 
summary to the White House, Vice President, Attorney General, military 
and Secret Service.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Young wasted no time in privately 
talking to Deputy Chief Glen Gates, who was in charge of the police 
while Chief Richard Anderson was out of town. According to a 
confidential FBI memorandum, Young and Gates discussed a piece of 
crucial evidence, the recorded voice of the anonymous caller captured by 
the 911 system. The search for truth was over.

Young set in motion a conspiracy to implicate the leadership of the 
National Committee to Combat Fascism in the bombing. Young wrote to J. 
Edgar Hoover. “Enclosed for the Laboratory is one copy of a tape 
recording obtained from the Omaha Police Department.”

“The enclosed tape was recorded from an existing tape recording used by 
the Omaha Police Department in their normal emergency telephone calls.”

“Deputy Chief Gates inquired into the possibility of voice analysis of 
the individual making the call by the FBI Laboratory. He was advised the 
matter would be considered and that if such analysis were made and if 
subsequent voice patterns were transmitted for comparison, such analysis 
would have to be strictly informal, as the FBI could not provide any 
testimony in the matter; also, only an oral report of the results of 
such examination would be made to the Police Department. Gates stated he 
understood these terms and stated the Police Department would be 
extremely appreciative of any assistance in this matter by the FBI and 
would not embarrass the FBI at a later date, but would use such 
information for lead purposes only.”

“It should be noted that the police community is extremely upset over 
this apparent racially motivated, vicious and unnecessary murder. In 
slightly over three months this division has experienced more than ten 
bombings, probably all but a few of them being racially motivated. Of 
these bombings, four were directed at police facilities with extensive 

“Any assistance rendered along the lines mentioned above would greatly 
enhance the prestige of the FBI among law enforcement representatives in 
this area, and I thus strongly recommend that the request be favorably 

The 911 recording was sent to the FBI Laboratory for testing that was 
called off a week later after J. Edgar Hoover ordered no lab report be 
made. Although the FBI returned the tape to Omaha police it was never 
shared with defense attorneys. The jury that convicted Black Panther 
leaders Edward Poindexter and Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa, then David 
Rice, never heard the voice of a killer that lured Larry Minard to his 
death. J. Edgar Hoover knew that a policeman’s killer would away with 
murder in order to convict Poindexter and Mondo.

Mondo died in March 2016 at the maximum-security Nebraska State 
Penitentiary where he was serving a life without parole sentence. 
Poindexter remains imprisoned proclaiming his innocence.

/This article contains excerpts from my book on the bombing entitled 
/FRAMED: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO, & the Omaha Two story 
/available in print edition at Amazon 
and ebook format at Kindle 

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