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        <h1 class="reader-title">Policeman’s murder on August 17, 1970
          triggered clandestine COINTELPRO operation against the Omaha
          Two</h1>
        Michael Richardson - August 17, 2019</div>
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                <p>Forty-nine years ago, <a
href="https://richardsonreports.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/omaha-police-claimed-bomb-was-made-in-kitchen-of-black-panther-home/">August
                    17, 1970</a>, Omaha police received a 911 call about
                  a woman screaming in a vacant house. Eight officers
                  arrived at the scene where a bomb waited. <a
href="https://richardsonreports.wordpress.com/2018/08/17/bombing-murder-of-omaha-policeman-in-1970-was-used-by-fbi-against-black-panther-leaders/">Patrolman
                    Larry Minard</a> 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.</p>
                <p><a
href="https://richardsonreports.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/nebraskas-most-controversial-prisoner-ed-poindexter-marks-forty-eight-birthdays-behind-bars/">Edward
                    Poindexter</a> and <a
href="https://richardsonreports.wordpress.com/2019/01/11/prison-wisdom-of-wopashitwe-mondo-eyen-we-langa/">Wopashitwe
                    Mondo Eyen we Langa</a> (former <a
href="https://richardsonreports.wordpress.com/2018/12/17/growing-up-black-in-omaha-included-loitering-arrest-for-poet-activist-david-rice/">David
                    Rice</a>) headed the local NCCF chapter and were
                  targeted by agents of the Federal Bureau of
                  Investigation under the illegal counterintelligence
                  operation code-named <a
href="https://richardsonreports.wordpress.com/2018/09/13/fbi-sought-electric-chair-execution-of-black-panther-leaders-in-omaha/">COINTELPRO</a>.
                  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 <a
href="https://richardsonreports.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/fbi-special-agent-in-charge-paul-young-plotted-conspiracy-against-black-panthers/">Special
                    Agent in Charge Paul Young</a> met with Deputy Chief
                  of Police Glen Gates and they conspired, the day of
                  the bombing, to withhold an audiological report by the
                  <a
href="https://richardsonreports.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/fbi-laboratory-director-ivan-conrad-withheld-report-on-policemans-murder/">FBI
                    Laboratory</a> on the identity of the anonymous
                  caller.</p>
                <p>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.</p>
                <p>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.</p>
                <p>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.</p>
                <p><a
href="https://richardsonreports.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/prosecutor-don-kleine-refuses-to-reopen-1971-case-of-black-panther-leader-edward-poindexter/">Don
                    Kleine</a>, the current Douglas County Attorney, was
                  hired by Donald Knowles and accepts as adequate the
                  work of his supervisor. Kleine has <a
href="https://www.omaha.com/news/metro/author-asks-don-kleine-gov-ricketts-to-reopen-probe-of/article_59ca1b74-de3d-5396-a6cf-3a21c5b92f88.html">refused
                    a request to reopen the murder investigation</a> in
                  light of information about the secret role of the FBI
                  in the case that was unknown to the jury.</p>
                <p>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.</p>
                <p><i>Parts of the article are excerpted from </i><a
href="https://richardsonreports.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/new-book-on-fbis-war-against-the-black-panthers-gets-five-star-review/">FRAMED:
                    J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO & the Omaha Two
                    story</a>,<i> in print edition at </i><a
href="https://www.amazon.com/FRAMED-Edgar-Hoover-COINTELPRO-Omaha/dp/1985021994/ref=sr_1_43?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530637788&sr=1-43&keywords=framed">Amazon</a><i>
                    and in </i><a
href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D154606011&field-keywords=FRAMED%3A+J.+Edgar+Hoover%2C+COINTELPRO+%26+the+Omaha+Two+story">ebook</a><i>.
                    Portions of the book may be read free online at </i><a
href="https://northomahahistory.com/2017/07/07/framed-series-summary-by-michael-richardson/">NorthOmahaHistory.com</a>.
                  <i>The book is also available to patrons of the Omaha
                    Public Library.</i></p>
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