[Pnews] Fifty years ago FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover gave command for no report on identity of Omaha policeman’s killer in order to arrest Black Panther leaders for murder

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years ago FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover gave command for no report on
identity of Omaha policeman’s killer in order to arrest Black Panther
leaders for murderMichael Richardson - August 22, 2020
[image: Screenshot (346)]Patrolman Larry Minard, August 22, 1970 memorandum
to FBI Laboratory, “OK” approval, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (credits:
Omaha Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, White House)

Fifty years ago Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover
gave his written approval to keep secret the identity of an Omaha
policeman’s killer. Hoover was on vacation when a federal conspiracy to
blame leaders of a Black Panther affiliate chapter for the death of
Patrolman Larry Minard
was hatched by Paul Young
the Special Agent in Charge.

Hoover, in California on vacation when the Omaha bombing murder happened on
August 17, 1970, gave his verbal approval to Young’s plan to withhold the
identity of the anonymous 911 caller who lured Minard to his death with a
false report of a woman screaming in a vacant house. Young had been under
secret orders from Hoover to get group leaders off the street.

A memorandum to the FBI Laboratory chief, Ivan Willard Conrad
spelled out details of the plot under the clandestine COINTELPRO
counterintelligence operation.

“Omaha Office has advised that the Omaha Police Department has requested
laboratory assistance in connection with a bombing which took place in
Omaha 8/17/70. This bombing resulted in the death of one police officer and
the injuring of six other officers and is apparently directly connected
with a series of racial bombings which the Omaha Police have experienced.
The Police were lured to the bomb site by a telephonic distress call from
an unknown male.”

“Glen Gates of the Omaha Police has requested [REDACTED]”

“The SAC, Omaha strongly recommends that the examination requested by the
Omaha Police Department be conducted.”

“If approved, the results of any examinations will be orally furnished the
Police on an informal basis through the SAC, Omaha.”

A handwritten, initialed notation by Conrad stated, “Dir advised
telephonically & said OK to do.”

Assistant to the Director William Sullivan
was also on the memorandum distribution list and initialed the document
indicating his approval to withhold a lab report on the 911 caller’s
identity. Charles Brennan
only on the job several weeks as Assistant Director in charge of the
Domestic Intelligence Division, was on a special typed distribution list
and had been informed of Minard’s death hours after it happened

Alex Rosen, Assistant Director of the General Investigative Division, was
on a rubber-stamped distribution list. George Moore’s Racial Intelligence
unit stamped the memorandum indicating receipt and approval of the
confidential plan to withhold potential evidence. Hoover’s inner circle of
Bureau top executives all knew of the misdeed to be done in Omaha and none

Hoover was still in California when Conrad called Hoover by phone for
instructions. Hoover conducted limited FBI business while on vacation and
was only called on important matters, however Conrad understood the
significance of letting a policeman’s killer get away with murder
necessitated making the call.

Back in Washington, Hoover gave William Sullivan a $250 “incentive award”
for the time Hoover was in California. Sullivan’s duties included going
along with the plan to withhold a report on the identity of Minard’s
killer. Hoover wrote, “You certainly deserve commendation for your
exceptionally meritorious services during the period of time when I was
away from Washington.”

“I am aware that my absence necessitated your shouldering additional
responsibilities. Your splendid performance is appreciated.”

John Mohr
who oversaw communications with the FBI Laboratory and the Omaha field
office, was likewise given a commendation and cash award for his actions
while Hoover was on vacation. Hoover sent a personal letter to Mohr
commending him and awarding $250 for the “superior manner in which you
fulfilled your responsibilities.”

On August 22nd a second memorandum to the FBI Laboratory was sent. “In
referenced memorandum, 8/19/70, the Director approved a request to assist
the Omaha Police Department in captioned case through the use of voice
comparison examinations by the Laboratory.”

“By telephonic communication 8/21/70, the SAC, Omaha has requested that a
Laboratory Supervisor travel to Omaha for the purpose of furnishing
technical guidance to the Omaha Police concerning the correct techniques in
obtaining known voice samples for comparison purposes and make
recommendations as to what commercially available equipment can be used in
making known voice recordings.”

“No Bureau equipment will be used in connection with obtaining the known
voice recording samples.”

“The SAC, Omaha, noted that he had been instructed by the Bureau to suggest
steps of possible assistance to the Omaha Police in solving the bombings.
He advised technical guidance of the type requested would provide maximum
immediate assistance, particularly since the existing recording of the
false “bait” complaint to the police is the most important present tangible
evidence in the possession of the police, and he recommended the Bureau
send a Laboratory representative.”

“RECOMMENDATION: That a Laboratory Supervisor travel to Omaha and furnish
the Omaha Police with technical guidance in obtaining known voice samples
for comparison purposes.”

William Sullivan’s initials are beside his name indicating his approval.
The war on the Black Panthers was a priority for Sullivan and he stayed
informed, following counterintelligence actions and developments closely.

John Mohr’s name was on two distribution lists, a rubber-stamped
distribution list and a special typed list with his initials at the bottom
of the page. Alex Rosen, head of the General Investigation Division read,
approved, and initialed the memorandum. George Moore of the Racial
Intelligence section signed on. Charles Brennan, in charge of the Domestic
Intelligence Division, gave his approval and initials. The cast of the
conspiracy was complete. The FBI top directorate was aware and approved of
the plan to conceal the identity of the 911 caller by withholding a formal
laboratory report and instead send a lab technician to Omaha to guide the
local police investigation.

J. Edgar Hoover put his own pen to paper and wrote “OK” followed with his
distinctive “H” initial. The anonymous 911 caller that lured a policeman to
his death would not be sought. The search for truth was over.

Edward Poindexter was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit first
degree murder. Poindexter did not know he was fated to spend the rest of
his life behind bars.

The lights were on late at the Omaha FBI office that night fifty years ago
when Paul Young sent Hoover a teletype report on the case. Young’s report
noted the deep involvement of the FBI in the bombing investigation and
ongoing collaboration between Bureau agents and the local police.

Hoover’s manipulation of the murder investigation and subsequent trial
succeeded and Ed Poindexter and co-defendant David Rice
later Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa
were convicted in April 1971 following a controversial two-week trial.
Mondo died in prison in March 2016, serving a life without parole sentence.
Ed Poindexter remains imprisoned at the maximum-security Nebraska State
Penitentiary, a half-century after the crime, where he continues to
maintain his innocence.

*This article is excerpted from *FRAMED: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO & the
Omaha Two story
,* in print edition at *Amazon
and available 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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