[Pnews] Policeman’s murder on August 17, 1970 triggered clandestine COINTELPRO operation against the Omaha Two

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  Policeman’s murder on August 17, 1970 triggered clandestine COINTELPRO
  operation against the Omaha Two

Michael Richardson - August 17, 2019

Forty-nine years ago, August 17, 1970 
Omaha police received a 911 call about a woman screaming in a vacant 
house. Eight officers arrived at the scene where a bomb waited. 
Patrolman Larry Minard 
was killed and the others injured. Omaha’s Black Panther Party known as 
the National Committee to Combat Fascism was immediately suspected and 
before the day was out its leaders were marked for blame.

Edward Poindexter 
and Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa 
(former David Rice 
headed the local NCCF chapter and were targeted by agents of the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation under the illegal counterintelligence operation 
code-named COINTELPRO 
One thing stood in the way of the plot to pin the crime on the two 
leaders, a recording of the fatal 911 call. FBI Special Agent in Charge 
Paul Young 
met with Deputy Chief of Police Glen Gates and they conspired, the day 
of the bombing, to withhold an audiological report by the FBI Laboratory 
on the identity of the anonymous caller.

A fifteen year-old, Duane Peak, confessed to the crime but never served 
a day in prison because he got a deal from the prosecutor, Donald 
Knowles. Peak implicated Poindexter and Mondo and they went to prison 
instead. Peak’s older brother, Donald Peak, was a FBI informant and led 
police to Duane’s hiding place. Donald may have brokered the deal for 
his brother.

At the preliminary hearing a month after the bombing, Duane Peak denied 
Poindexter and Mondo had any involvement in the crime. Knowles called 
for a continuance and sent for Donald Peak and the grandfather, Rev. 
Foster Goodlett. When Peak returned to the witness stand hours later he 
changed his story and said the two leaders put him up to the crime and 
helped him.

One of Donald Peak’s sisters said the voice on the 911 recording sounded 
like Donald but the police did not follow up the lead. With the Peak 
brothers out of the way, the case against Poindexter and Mondo went 
forward. Both men were convicted following a controversial trial marred 
by conflicting police testimony, withheld evidence, and perjury.

Don Kleine 
the current Douglas County Attorney, was hired by Donald Knowles and 
accepts as adequate the work of his supervisor. Kleine has refused a 
request to reopen the murder investigation 
in light of information about the secret role of the FBI in the case 
that was unknown to the jury.

Mondo died in March 2016 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. Ed 
Poindexter remains imprisoned, forty-nine years after the bombing, 
serving a life without parole sentence while continuing to proclaim his 
innocence. Duane Peak is living in Spokane, Washington under an assumed 
name. Donald Peak was never charged and lives in Omaha. Don Kleine is 
seeking reelection.

/Parts of the article are excerpted from /FRAMED: J. Edgar Hoover, 
COINTELPRO & the Omaha Two story 
print edition at /Amazon 
in /ebook 
Portions of the book may be read free online at /NorthOmahaHistory.com 
/The book is also available to patrons of the Omaha Public Library./

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