Interview with Flint Taylor

Do you want to start that again?


Yes, that was a bad slip up, there. There was, the FBI had gotten an honest FB--FBI ballistics expert to come to the apartment and to look at all the ballistics evidence, a man by the name of Zimmers. And he came to the conclusion that only one shot, at most, was fired by the Panthers, and all the rest, about 100, were fired by the, uh, police. And so, from that conclusion, uh, it was hard see, how they shouldn't be indicted for murder and attempted murder and all sorts of various violations. Ah, but somewhere in the middle of this investigation there was a recess, and at that point, uh, all the, there was a big meeting in Washington with, uh, John Mitchell and, uh, all the federal people. And from that point forward, uh, the whole tenor of the investigation changed, and instead of there being any indictments, federal civil rights violations indictments, uh, there was returned a no bill or they never actually even voted on indictments. And that was the decision of the government, instead they issued a report. The report was a classic cover up document, it blamed the Panthers for the lack of indictments because they didn't testify. It talked about how nasty the Panthers were. Then it outlined all of this evidence in support of the fact, uh, that this was nothing but, uh, basically an assassination or slaughter, uh, and yet said there wasn't evidence to indict anybody. The--what really happened, when you look at it is that, Hanrahan who knew and was really keeping the secret of the FBI and the federal involvement in this raid, and setting it up, and all that, had caused them not to indict him by saying, "If you indict me I'm going to blow the whistle on you." So there was a deal that was struck, and then no indictments were ever returned.