Interview with Bobby Rush
QUESTION 14
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

What did you do for the rest of that day? How did you try to organize the community or cope with the situation or respond to the situation?

BOBBY RUSH:

Well, we stayed in this apartment, this a basement apartment for a little while. I guess it must have been about ten or ten-thirty, eleven o'clock. We finally, and the police had left the area. We finally came out. And we went into the apartment. And we saw what had t--taken place there. And by that time the news media was desperately seeking our positions and what we were, you know, our responses and things like that. And I recall a gentleman who was a producer of the twelve o'clock news on the local station Channel 5 asked us all to appear, or asked me to appear alo--at the, on, live on the, on the twelve o'clock news with, with the state's attorney, Edward Hanrahan. And we did appear. Hanrahan did--Hanrahan didn't show up. And we told them that from our evidence it looked like it had been a clear case of murder. From the responses that we got from our attorneys and other individuals who viewed the evidence, the physical evidence in that apartment, that it could not have been a shootout. And we proceeded to accuse the state's attorney and the state's attorney's police of murdering Fred Hampton. And it, that led to a number of charges and countercharges and lies being told. And, by, by state's attorney Hanrahan at the time, and led, it led to the police enactment, re-enactment of the, of the, of the, I mean, of the murder and the police assault. It led to lies that were being told when the state of Chicago Tribune at the time painted, they ran a picture of the supposed what was the back door of the apartment leading into the, into the, into the apartment. W--and there was some s--large around, or not large, small round configurations and the police were--

TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Can you start this over again and say the Chicago Tribune?

BOBBY RUSH:

Yeah. The Chicago Tribune ran a, a photo--I think it was on the front page--that showed small, round circles and they indicated these circles were supposed to have been evidence of gunfire, that these were actually holes that were cre--was caused by a Panther shooting out at the police. And upon study on it, and upon just looking at the back door, we saw that those were nothing but nail heads, and we were really able to nail the Tribune for, for printing that picture. And, and, but they had bought Hanrahan's story lock, stock and barrel. And their only purpose was to try, to rally public opinion around the story which was totally a falsehood. So, we were able to, to marshal the facts and we were able to present the facts in a, in a way that really proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Fred Hampton was murdered in his bed while he s--slept, and we were able to also establish the fact that there was a strong, extremely strong possibility that he had been drugged. We had an independent pathologist who indicated that Fred Hampton had enough secobarbitol[SIC] in his body at the time he was killed that it would have really just i--immobilized an elephant, okay? And, um--