Growing up black in Omaha included loitering arrest for poet activist David Rice

Originally posted on Richardson Reports:
David Rice, later Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa, was arrested in July 1968 for loitering in Omaha and fined twenty-five dollars.        (credit: Omaha Police Department) “What were we but strangers to the land where we were born.” -Mondo Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa, former David Rice, was…

FBI sought electric chair execution of Black Panther leaders in Omaha

Originally posted on Richardson Reports:
Nebraska’s electric chair where the FBI sought the execution of the Omaha Two  (credit: Nebraska Dept. of Corrections) On December 4, 1969, in a Federal Bureau of Investigation orchestrated pre-dawn raid in Chicago, Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were shot to death. Fourteen handpicked policemen, armed with…

Why I believe that Edward Poindexter is innocent of murder

Edward Poindexter and Michael Richardson in 2016 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (Image by Michael Richardson)   Permission   Details   DMCA When I began researching the August 17, 1970 bombing murder of Omaha policeman Larry Minard for a book, that would take me ten years to write, I did not know Edward Poindexter and was unsure of his guilt or innocence […]

Six things I learned writing a book about the Black Panthers

by Michael Richardson   My new book about the Black Panthers (Image by Michael Richardson)   Permission   Details   DMCA On August 17, 1970, an Omaha policeman, Larry Minard, was killed by a bomb in a vacant house while responding to a call about a woman screaming. The ambush attack on police was blamed on the local Black Panthers and two leaders, Edward […]

“FRAMED” Chapter 14

    “This should be an excellent disruption technique” —J. Edgar Hoover, August 24, 1970   Raleigh House was released from jail on a signature bond authorized by Arthur O’Leary after one night in custody. House had been held with $10,000 bail after being booked on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. O’Leary would not […]

“FRAMED” Chapter 13

“They are meant to be scapegoats” -Ernie Chambers, August 23, 1970   Margaret White and John Jerks were brought to Central Headquarters. Robert Pfeffer wrote a report. “JERKS stated that he saw Duane PEAKS, he was carrying a suitcase that he had never seen him have before. He describes the suitcase as grayish in color, […]

“FRAMED” Chapter 11 by Michael Richardson

“OK to do” —J. Edgar Hoover, August 19, 1970   On August 18, 1970, the Omaha World Herald published an article entitled “Voiceprint In Bombing To FBI Lab” on the front page of the evening newspaper. The article quoted Deputy Police Chief Walter Devere that a recording of the fatal 911 call would aid the investigation and […]

“FRAMED” Chapter 10 by Michael Richardson

  “This dude has drug this woman off in there, and she’s screaming” —Unknown 911 caller, August 17, 1970   On August 17, 1970, at 2:07 a.m., Omaha police received a 911 emergency telephone call from a male who spoke in a deep gravely voice that a woman was screaming at 2867 Ohio Street, a vacant […]

FRAMED, Chapter 9 People

  “I will never ever forgive the Black Panther Party for that.” —Ed Poindexter on being called a police agent   On July 2, 1970, a bomb exploded at Component Concepts Corporation in the Near North Side. The business had a Defense Department minority-subcontract and that was motive enough for “militants” according Omaha Police Captain […]

FRAMED: Chapter 2 by Michael Richardson

Adam’s Note: This is the second chapter in a series for NorthOmahaHistory.com called Framed: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO and the Omaha Two Story. Written by author Michael Richardson. Learn more here. “My mother used to tell me to stay away from white people because they will hurt you.”—Edward Poindexter on growing up in Omaha   Edward Alan Poindexter was born […]