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House Democrat introduces bill to release COINTELPRO files on surveillance of Black Panthers and Fred Hampton

May 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require the government to release its decades-old records from an FBI-run covert surveillance program that monitored the Black Panthers, as well as civil rights and anti-war activists, among others.

(CNN)A Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require the government to release its decades-old records from an FBI-run covert surveillance program that monitored the Black Panthers, as well as civil rights and anti-war activists, among others.

Rush co-founded the Black Panther Party's Illinois chapter and was close friends with Fred Hampton, the party chapter's chairman who in 1969 created the first Rainbow Coalition before he was killed in a predawn raid by Chicago police.

Rush, who blames the FBI for Hampton's death, called for a full reporting of the domestic spying on civil rights activists and others.

Hampton's story has drawn recent interest in light of "Judas and the Black Messiah," a film that paints a biographical portrait of Hampton and tells the story of his activism in Chicago as FBI informant William O'Neal, played by LaKeith Stanfield, reports his movements to the FBI.

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