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Publication: Abilene Reporter News July 27, 1970

Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 27, 1970, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES' WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS 111 W YEAR, NO. 41 PHONE 673-4271 .ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, MONDAY EVENING, JULY 27, PAGES IN TWO'SECTIONS lOc SUNDAY Associated Press (IP) LENDING COMFORT A dur- ing a disturbance in Houston Sunday night is comforted by bystanders as he lies on the hood, of a car. The shooting occurred one block from the Peoples Party II headquarters. (AP Wire- photo) Police Find Party Program In Search of Headuarters HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) Cop- ies of a 10-poinl platform and program of the People's Party II were found Sunday night as police searched the headquar- ters of the black militant organ- ization after gunfire killed the party's chairman and wounded fci'i1 others. Police said they also found a 312-page book of quotations from Mao Tse-lung, Cliincse Communisl leader, and applica- tion blanks for joining the Ven- cerembs Brigade, a youth group being organized to spend two months in 'Cuba. The organization's objectives range from the exemption of all black men from military ser- vice to the reltase'of. all black men from prison's and jails. Here in part are the 10-poinls contained'in Hie platform. 1. We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our black community. 2. We wanl full employment of our people. We believe the fed- eral government is. responsible and obligated to give every man emnloymcnt or a guaranteed in- come. 3. We wanl an end lo Ihe rob- bery by Ihe capitalist of our black community. We believe that this racist government has robbed us and now we are de- manding the overdue debt of 40 acres and two mules...We will accept the payment in currency which will be distributed'to our many communities. 4. We want decent bousing, fit for shelter and human beings. 5. We wanl education for our people that exposes the true na- ture of this decadent American society. 6. We want all black men lo be exempt from military ser- vice. 7. We wanl an immediate end to police brutality and murder of black people. We believe we can end police brutality in our black community by organizing black sell-defense groups. 8. We want freedom for all black men held in federal, slate, county and city1 prisons and jails. 9. We want all black when brought lo (rial to be tried by a jury of Iheir peer group people from their black commu- nities. 10. We want land, bread, hous- ing, education, clothing, justice and peace. And as our major political ob- jective, a United Nations super- vised plebiscite to be held throughout the black colony in which only black colonial sub- jects will be allowed lo partici- pate, for the purpose of deter- mining .the will of black people as to iheir national desliny. 1 i Police Return Fire; Black Leader Victim! WEAPONS CONFISCATED Police officers confiscated these two weapons after a disturbance in Houslon Sunday night. The arms were taken one block from Ihe Peoples Party II headquar- ters. (AP Wirepholo) By JIM BARLOW Associated Tress Writer HOUSTON (AP) Two po- lice officers, perched'alop St. John's Baptist Church, returned fire from black militants Sun- day night, they said, killing one Negro and -wounding' three Ne- groes and man. .The intelligence officers were Ihere in.a predominantly Negro neighborhood to observe almost at their-feet a rally staged by People's Parly II, a black, armed group. Killed in the gunfire was Carl Hampton, 21, party chairman. The rally was an impromptu affair hastily assembled to pro- test after 'two Negro youths were arrested four hours earlier. Police estimated 100 shol flew in Ihe flurry of gunfire that end- ed quickly. No policemen were wounded. Police flooded Ihc area with hclmeled officers. They arrested ahout 75 persons for loitering and failing lo move on. Then, _ police reported, Ihey raided three-slory brick building housing headquarters of People's Parly It and confiscat- ed what they called a large quantity of rifles, shotguns, pis- tols and ammunition. Officers did not immediately issue a count of the weapons. An official police statement said two officers encountered Joseph .19, farmed with a and a 15- year-old carrying a shotgun in the middle of [he street in front of People's Parly II headquar- ters at about 6 p.m. Officers said Ihe youths point- ed their weapons at the officers. They said Gerac broke and ran into the rear.door of SI. John's and pointed liis pistol again. Police said they could not shoot for fear of hilling two wo- men. Three men church mem- bers wreslled the pistol from Gerac who was charged wilh carrying a pistol and assault. The younger one was turned juvenile authorities. The rally of about 150 persons followed Ihe incident by several hours and had broken up when O.J. Morris, chief of intelligence said, someone in the street saw Ihe officers and ran inlo People's Party II, headquarters. Norris said a group of armed men then moved from the head- quarters onlo the street. "One shot at said Norris. "We didn't return Ihe fire .Ihen. Two Negro males ran across (he street and began .shooting al us again. We shot

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: July 27, 1970

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