Interview with Bobby Rush
QUESTION 11
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

What did, what did the police do when they attacked?

BOBBY RUSH:

Well, they, they attacked--

TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Just say the police, instead of they.

BOBBY RUSH:

Yeah. The police, at the time, on, I think it was about June 6th of 1969, e--early, early one morning they came and they says, the, the FBI led this raid. And they were embarrassed about this. They led the raid. They shot up the door at the office there, arrested some Panthers, and just to show you the, the nature of, of the raiding officers there, they burned boxes of cereal that we had on the third floor. And this, this cereal was for our breakfast for children, I mean, the, all the breakfast food that we had collected and stored upstairs was, well they d--deliberately set fire to that. They didn't set fire to the second floor. They set fire to the third floor where all the, you know, and was, that was kind of indicative of, of, of, of the, what they were thinking and how they, how they were moving.**. But we, of course probably the most, again, the most poignant, poignant example of, of police repression was the murder of Fred Hampton. And it was very, it was very, it was well thought out, well-planned. It didn't happen to h--if they wanted to get Fred off the streets, he was supposed to have gone back to prison on the 13th of December, th--which was nine days prior to them actually murdering him. So they did not want him to survive. They wanted him to, they wanted him dead. And that's the reason why they, and so that's, that's the most, one of the most extreme examples.