Bombing murder of Omaha policeman in 1970 was used by FBI against Black Panther leaders

Richardson Reports

OPD3 Investigators comb a ruined vacant house for clues to a fatal August 17, 1970 bombing         (credit: Omaha Police Department)

Forty-eight years ago, at 2:07 a.m. on August 17, 1970, a bomb exploded in the face of Omaha Patrolman Larry Minard who was examining an abandoned suitcase in a vacant house. Minard and seven others were responding to an emergency 911 call about a woman screaming. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was called soon after the blast and was running license plate checks and calling informants before dawn.

Detective Jack Swanson arrived at a stakeout watching a suspect’s house. Richard Gibson was a man of interest to Swanson according to a police report until an early-morning call from the FBI cleared Gibson. “At this time, we were contacted by agents of the FBI who stated they had talked with Gibson at this time.”

A telephone call was made…

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