Interview with Bobby Seale
QUESTION 28
INTERVIEWER:

Okay, d--d--describe how you learned about Fred Ha--that Fred Hampton had been, had been murdered and your, your personal reaction.

BOBBY SEALE:

I had been brought back to, ah, Oakland, San Francisco, I mean, I had been brought back from Chicago, I had been brought back from the Chicago Conspiracy Trial, back to Oakland to wait, ah, extradition, and, ah, was in jail December the 4th. And I picked up the newspaper that morning. I could get--




BOBBY SEALE:

Ah, I was sitting in San Francisco County jail that morning and read the newspaper that Fred Hampton and Mark Clark had been killed and murdered that morning. Over the next few days I found out a few more facts of the situation. And to hear and understand that state's attorney Hanrahan with a special foli--police group, had entered the house at 5 a.m. in the morning and shot the place up. And to underhear[SIC] that, um, the bedroom, the wall this way to the bedroom and the wall this way to the bedroom had hundreds of rounds shot in at bed level. I mean, and then hear that Fred Hampton had been shot in the head. It, uh, and Mark Clark of course killed on the entry at 5 a.m. in the morning to me was, it was a culminating point, you know. Um. I had worried about too many of us getting killed earlier, but it was a culminating point. The only real relief that came out of that was a couple months later when Roy Wilkins of the NAACP created a commission to investigate the FBI's concerted attempt to smash the Black Panther Party which really is a pivot point and which caused a decline in attacks upon Black people, Blacks, u--upon Black Panther Party members' offices and homes.