[Pnews] If prosecutor Don Kleine wants new evidence in Black Panther case let him uncover what is still hiding in Mondo’s redacted FBI file

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  If prosecutor Don Kleine wants new evidence in Black Panther case let
  him uncover what is still hiding in Mondo’s redacted FBI file

Michael Richardson - August 21, 2019

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine 
has refused a request by the author of /FRAMED: J. Edgar Hoover, 
COINTELPRO & the Omaha Two story 
/to reopen the 1970 murder investigation of Patrolman Larry Minard 
The book details counterintelligence in the case by the Federal Bureau 
of Investigation that let a policeman’s killer get away with murder 
resulting in the conviction of two Black Panther leaders, Edward 
and Mondo Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa 
(former David Rice).

Poindexter and Mondo were leaders of a Black Panther affiliate chapter 
called the National Committee to Combat Fascism. Both men were targets 
of an illegal, clandestine operation of the FBI code-named COINTELPRO 
and were convicted of murder following a controversial 1971 trial marred 
by conflicting police accounts, planted and withheld evidence, and 
perjured testimony. Mondo died at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in 
2016, Poindexter remains imprisoned serving a life without parole sentence.

Ignoring the fact that /FRAMED /put the previously untold story of FBI 
subterfuge together in one place from primary sources, Don Kleine did 
not respond to the request to reopen the cold case. When asked by the 
/Omaha World-Herald 
/for an answer, Kleine claimed he is always willing to take a second 
look if new evidence arises. However, Kleine dodged the request by 
saying the courts had already given “intense scrutiny” to the case.

“There’s a lot of people who have looked at this. But I’m not aware of 
anything that leads me to believe these people are completely innocent.”

Kleine began his long career of public service working as a new 
prosecutor for Donald Knowles, who prosecuted Poindexter. Kleine was not 
hired until after the Minard case and was unaware of the extent of 
involvement of the FBI in both the investigation and prosecution.

J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI ordered Special Agent in Charge 
Paul Young 
in December of 1969 to get Poindexter and Mondo off the streets. Hoover 
ordered Young to get “imaginative” just six days after the deadly raid 
in Chicago that killed Black Panther leader Fred Hampton 
Hoover was at war with the Black Panthers and sought their elimination 
with lethal ferocity.

The FBI orchestrated the murder case against the Omaha Two so well none 
of its agents had to testify, while the Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms 
Division had to submit five witnesses for questioning at the trial. The 
FBI role in the case was controlling, with the FBI Laboratory agreeing 
to withhold a audiological report on the 911 recording of the anonymous 
caller that lured police to a bombing ambush at a vacant house. The FBI 
also arrested Duane Peak, the confessed fifteen year-old bomber and used 
his older brother Donald Peak as an informant. FBI agents worked 
directly with Deputy Chief of Police Glen Gates and Detective Jack 
Swanson, head of the intelligence unit and liaison with the FBI.

Mondo’s FBI file released under the Freedom of Information Act after his 
death reveals three completely redacted pages during the murder 
investigation. The captions remaining indicate the censored material was 
given to the Omaha police.

Once secret, FBI files document a close collaboration between the Bureau 
and the Omaha police in the case, a relationship Police Chief Richard 
Anderson denied existed. The Omaha police had instituted a harassment 
campaign against so-called “militants” at FBI suggestion. After Hoover 
had ordered Young to be imaginative, that directive guided the police 
murder investigation against Poindexter and Mondo. The three pages of 
missing content from the FBI to the police may well contain “new 
information” that Kleine says he must have before reviewing FBI misdeeds 
in the case.

The public is not entitled to any more information say FBI censors, 
however, Kleine with his prosecutorial authority could seek a court 
review of the redacted documents. Kleine could also find out what 
happened to the internal FBI inspection reports on the case that 
mysteriously disappeared and remain unaccounted for.

In July 2016, David Hardy, Chief of the FBI Record/Information 
Dissemination Section, completed his second search for annual Inspection 
Division reports on the Omaha field office during Paul Young’s 
supervision. Hardy reported that inspection reports for the years 1967 
to 1973 were missing. Hardy stated simply, “We were unable to locate 

The full truth of what went on in Omaha continues to remain unknown.

/This report is excerpted from /FRAMED: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO & 
the Omaha Two story,/in 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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