Interview with Flint Taylor
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

Now Hanrahan also went on television.

FLINT TAYLOR:

He did.

INTERVIEWER:

Describe that for me, and how you felt seeing that broadcast.

FLINT TAYLOR:

Well, I'm not sure when I first saw it, because we were spending 23 hours a day working. I'm sure we heard about it. I don't know if I saw it at the time. But when I did see it, uh--

INTERVIEWER:

When you start, just tell me what it was.

FLINT TAYLOR:

When I did see the, the, uh, the "reenactment" was what it was called. He went to the--in the same way he went to The Tribune, he went to the CBS affiliate here, and gave them--

INTERVIEWER:

FLINT TAYLOR:

Hanrahan went to the, uh, CBS affiliate here in Chicago a few days after the raid, in the same way he went to The Tribune people, and he set up an exclusive TV re-enactment. And that re-enactment had the police officers with a mock-up of the apartment, uh, re-enacting what they said happened. And they just kind of coldly and methodically went through this, uh, rehearsed version of what they said happened in the, in the apartment. And so it was the TV version of the CB--of the Tribune exclusive. And that was maddening to see as well. And the, we later saw the out-takes and saw that it had to be rehearsed for about six or seven hours before the police officers could get it straight in what their stories were. Ah, but this was Hanrahan's, uh, attack, and at the same time, we were giving, uh, the Panther stories to the press. And so this incredible media, uh, situation was going on here. And, uh, uh, it was just, uh, it was on the front page of the Chica--Chicago papers for literally a month. And, uh, uh, it was just an incredible event. Hanrahan was on his way to being Daley's, uh, uh, replacement as, as Mayor of the city of Chicago. Fred Hampton was a very respected and powerful young militant leader here in Chicago.