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Police and US Government Relations

Police and US Government Relations

(p.66) 4 Police and US Government Relations
Black Panther in Exile
Paul J. Magnarella
University Press of Florida

Chapter 4 discusses the strained relations between the Black Panthers and the Kansas City, Missouri, police department and the federal government. Police hostility toward Pete O’Neal resulted in frequent traffic stops, constant surveillance, and other harassing tactics. A newspaper article by a Panther that applauded the death of John Edward Dacy, a local policeman, infuriated the police. The Panthers publically charged Police Chief Clarence Kelley with the sale of confiscated weapons to right-wing organizations. Black and white citizens expressed concern over the brutal beating police inflicted on four unarmed Panthers who tried to attend the police chief’s press conference. The U.S. House Committee on Internal Security conducted investigations and held hearings on the Kansas City Black Panther Party but produced no evidence of criminal activity by the Panthers.

Keywords:   Pete O’Neal, Black Panthers, Clarence Kelley, U.S. House Committee on Internal Security, John Edward Dacy

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