[Pnews] March for Ed Poindexter in Omaha seeks release of longest-held COINTELPRO prisoner
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for Ed Poindexter in Omaha seeks release of longest-held COINTELPRO prisoner
Michael Richardson - September 25, 2020
Marchers seeking freedom for COINTELPRO prisoner Ed Poindexter parade in
Omaha, Nebraska (credit: Diane Topolski)
Black and white, young and old, approximately one hundred marchers paraded
down North Twenty-fourth Street in Omaha seeking freedom for Edward
from the Nebraska State Penitentiary. Poindexter, former chairman of the
local Black Panther Party affiliate chapter, has been imprisoned fifty
years for the August 17, 1970 murder of Patrolman Larry Minard
Poindexter and David Rice
(later Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa
were leaders of the National Committee to Combat Fascism and targets of a
clandestine counterintelligence operation of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation code-named COINTELPRO
FBI agents worked behind the scenes during the murder investigation and
steered detectives toward the men who have come to be called the Omaha Two.
The FBI Laboratory
was ordered by Director J. Edgar Hoover to withhold a report on the
identity of an anonymous 911 caller that lured police into a bomb ambush.
The COINTELPRO operation was successful and resulted in the conviction of
the Poindexter and Rice after a controversial trial marred by conflicting
police testimony and apparently planted evidence.
Omaha was the recently the scene of a similar but more somber event, a prayer
for families of racial violence. Prayers were offered for both the families
of Larry Minard and Ed Poindexter. The Nebraska Board of Pardons
has a pending request from Poindexter to have his sentence commuted to make
him eligible for parole.
The March For Ed proceeded to Kountze Park where organizer Preston Love and
others spoke. Retiring Senator Ernie Chambers participated in the march and
spoke briefly calling for Poindexter’s release from prison. Freelance
writer Kietryn Zychal, long an advocate for Poindexter’s freedom, also
called for immediate release.
Chambers, who was named on a police suspect list in the bombing murder, has
always insisted that innocent men were wrongfully convicted in April 1971.
Chambers once took a trip to Spokane, Washington with City Councilman Ben
Gray to obtain a voice sample of Duane Peak
the confessed teen-age bomber. Peak, who planted the bomb that killed
Minard, made a deal with Douglas County Attorney Donald “Pinky” Knowles and
escaped prison. In exchange for his freedom, Peak claimed that Poindexter
and Rice built the bomb and put him up to delivering it to a vacant house.
Preston Love had a message for Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts. “Part of
the change we need and part of the reform is to let our political prisoners
One marcher, Rikki Payne, has a personal interest, Ed Poindexter is her
uncle. “You can’t talk about the overpopulation of the prison and keep this
man, who is innocent, in prison. Please write Pete Ricketts and ask him to
put my uncle on the Pardons Board agenda for October. He’s in a wheelchair,
he can’t hardly see. He is not a threat to this society.”
Poindexter, in poor health, remains imprisoned under maximum-security and
continues to maintain his innocence. Mondo, also sentenced to life in
prison, died in March 2016.
*For more information see *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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