Interview with William O'Neal
QUESTION 45
INTERVIEWER:

Were--

WILLIAM O'NEAL:

Yeah.

INTERVIEWER:

--the Chicago police gonna--


INTERVIEWER:

--gonna raid you?

WILLIAM O'NEAL:

No, no, no. We wasn't worried about the Chicago police raiding us. Like I said, we had guns, they knew we had guns, we had had guns ever since we were there in the office, and nobody expected Chicago police just to blatantly come up in there. And sure, if we were to shoot out the window or something, or somebody run up in there and they're in hot pursuit, yeah, but we didn't expect the police department to come at four o'clock in the morning and raid the apartment. I mean, they knew guns were there. Hampton was out on appeal, and I think they were suspecting that he would probably try to flee the state or something. So they had the cars on him constantly. I mean, he was tailed constantly. But, like I said, it was a game. It was a game we were playing--the leather jackets, the berets, the, the military format, the, the guns--it was all to impress the people, really. We never intended to take on the police department to overthrow the government. The Black Panthers wasn't all about that. It was rhetoric. It was, like I said, it was shock treatment for White America.