Interview with Bobby Rush
QUESTION 10
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

How did those attacks, what, what were some concrete examples of some things that you were having to face from the police?

BOBBY RUSH:

Well, say for instance, I mean, it was on a lot of different levels.

TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Okay.

BOBBY RUSH:

Okay? You know, we certainly believed that all our phones were wire-tapped at all times. And, and, and a lot of data's come out that they were. We were harassed by having Panthers who were say selling newspapers on the corner arrested, and bond money had to be paid for that. They were charged with a number of different types of charges. We, again, Panthers were actually murdered. Okay? Panthers were charged with a number of, of, of, of, of, of, of crimes, and thus increasing the need for bond money and that type of thing. There were occasions when, I mean, the police attacks here in Chicago, I think the first attack that we had was in June of '69. Okay? Where they actually attacked our office, supposedly looking for a runaway individual who was, in fact, as it came out in the, later on, in fact it was an informant for the, for the police forces, okay?