[Pnews] Omaha 2 - FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Young plotted conspiracy against Black Panthers

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  FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Young plotted conspiracy against
  Black Panthers

Michael Richardson - January 18, 2019

On August 1, 1966, rioting rocked the Near-Northside as Paul Young began 
his duties as Special Agent in Charge of the Omaha Federal Bureau of 
Investigation office, his first command. Young could not foresee the 
awful deed he would commit four years later, allowing a policeman’s 
killer to get away with murder. Omaha’s explosive racial problems 
dominated Young’s attention.

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover 
unhappy with President Lyndon Johnson over civil rights legislation, 
made it a practice of flooding the White House staff with every racial 
incident in the country that came to the attention of the FBI network of 
field offices. Hoover submitted a written report to the White House on 
events in Omaha during Young’s first day on the job.

“Approximately 50 Negro youths gathered in the Negro district of Omaha, 
Nebraska, during the early morning of July 31, 1966. The group became 
unruly and broke windows in several business establishments. Before any 
looting occurred, however, the Omaha Police Department arrived on the 
scene and arrested six individuals. The group was dispersed and order 

“During the late evening of July 31, 1966, and early morning of August 
1, 1966, Negro youths again took to similar activities. Seven stores 
were looted and at least four stores were the object of fire bombs. 
Fifty extra police officers were dispatched to the Negro area of Omaha 
where 17 individuals were arrested on suspicion of burglary and a crowd 
of about 150 individuals was dispersed. One Negro boy, aged 18, was 
struck by shotgun pellets as he left a liquor store that had been 

Young was summoned to Washington in March 1968, where a “Racial 
Conference” was convened at FBI headquarters. Led by George Moore from 
Racial Intelligence and William Sullivan from Domestic Intelligence, 
forty-one attending field office supervisors received 
counterintelligence directives from Hoover who warned: 
“Counterintelligence operations must be approved by the Bureau. Because 
of the nature of this program each operation must be designed to protect 
the Bureau’s interest so that there is no possibility of embarrassment 
to the Bureau.”

While Young was getting his marching orders from Hoover, rioting broke 
out in Omaha after protesters were beaten at a George Wallace rally. 
Hoover’s daily report to the White House described events in Omaha.

“Inspector Monroe Coleman, Omaha, Nebraska, Police Department, advised 
yesterday that as an aftermath of the appearance of former Alabama 
Governor George C. Wallace at a political rally…several incidents of 
violence by Negroes took place in Omaha. Among these were the 
vandalizing of a pawnshop…and the subsequent fatal shooting of a 
16-year-old Negro boy by an off-duty police officer during an attempt by 
the young Negro to loot the pawnshop. Several assaults by Negroes 
against white persons also occurred after the former Governor Wallace 
rally and two of the white persons reportedly were seriously injured. 
Public buses were stoned by Negroes as they passed through Omaha’s north 
side and yesterday morning Negro students of several Omaha high schools 
broke windows in business establishments while on their way to school. 
The students later caused minor damage in the schools by setting fires 
in wastebaskets in the restrooms and by throwing rocks through the 
windows of the schools.”

Despite Hoover’s insistence that counterintelligence operations be 
conducted promptly, Young failed to offer a proposal under the Bureau’s 
clandestine COINTELPRO 
program. By December 1969, Hoover had grown tired of waiting. Just days 
after FBI-orchestrated raids against the Black Panthers in Chicago and 
Los Angeles, Hoover ordered Young to submit a plan for action.

“While the activities appear to be limited in the Omaha area, it does 
not necessarily follow that effective counterintelligence measures 
cannot be taken. As long as there are BPP activities, you should be 
giving consideration to that type of counterintelligence measure which 
would best disrupt existing activities. It would appear some type of 
counterintelligence aimed at disruption of the publication and 
distribution of their literature is in order. It is also assumed that of 
the eight to twelve members, one or two must surely be in a position of 
leadership. You should give consideration to counterintelligence 
measures directed against these leaders in an effort to weaken or 
destroy their positions. Bureau has noted you have not submitted any 
concrete counterintelligence proposals in recent months. Evaluate your 
approach to this program and insure that it is given the imaginative 
attention necessary to produce effective results. Handle promptly and 
submit your proposals to the Bureau for approval.”

Forced to submit written reports every two weeks on his progress against 
the National Committee to Combat Fascism, the Omaha affiliate of the 
national Black Panther Party, Young finally got his chance to satisfy 
Hoover’s demands in August 1970 when a policeman was murdered by a bomb 
in a vacant house.

Paul Young wasted no time to privately talk with 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 captured by 
the 911 system of the anonymous caller who lured police. 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 
Hoover, “Enclosed for the Laboratory is one copy of a tape recording 
obtained from the Omaha Police Department.”

“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 

Hoover agreed to squelch a laboratory report on the identity of the 911 
caller to make a case against Edward Poindexter 
and David Rice 
[later Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa] who were leaders of the NCCF in 

In October 1970, Young became concerned that the FBI Laboratory might 
forget and issue a report on the 911 recording and wrote a memorandum to 
Hoover reminding that the 911 tape was not to be used.

“In a preliminary hearing held 9/28/70 in Municipal Court, Omaha, PEAK 
testified that he had made the telephone call to the Omaha PD telling 
them that a woman was screaming in a house at 2867 Ohio Street. Police 
Officer LARRY MINARD was subsequently killed when a bobby trap suitcase 
exploded as he, with other officers, answered this call.”

“Assistant COP GLENN GATES, Omaha PD, advised that he feels that any use 
of tapes of this call might be prejudicial to the police murder trial 
against two accomplices of PEAK and, therefore, has advised that he 
wishes no use of this tape until after the murder trials of PEAK and the 
two accomplices has been completed.”

“UACB [Until Authorized to Contrary by Bureau], no further efforts are 
being made at this time to secure additional tape recordings of the 
original telephone call.”

The defense was never offered a copy of the 911 recording during 
pre-trial discovery and the jury that convicted the two Panther leaders 
never heard the voice of a killer. No analysis was conducted to 
determine the identity of the anonymous caller.

Poindexter and Rice were convicted in April 1971 after a controversial 
two-week trial. David Rice died at the maximum-security Nebraska State 
Penitentiary in March 2016 serving a life without parole sentence. Paul 
Young was rewarded for his role in the case with a promotion to head the 
FBI office in Kansas City. Ed Poindexter is in his forty-eighth year of 
imprisonment and continues to proclaim his innocence.

/This article contains excerpts from the new book /FRAMED: J. Edgar 
Hoover, COINTELPRO & the Omaha Two story 
book is available in print from Amazon 
and also in ebook 
format. Portions may be read online free at /NorthOmahaHistory.com 
/Patrons of the Omaha Public Library also have access to the book./

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