30 April 2015
- The Black Panthers were formed in California in 1966
- The Black Panthers believed that the non-violent campaign of Martin Luther King had failed and any promised changes to their lifestyle
- The language of the Black Panthers was violent as was their public stance.
- The Black Panther Party (BPP) had four desires : equality in education, housing, employment and civil rights. It had a 10 Point Plan to get its desired goals.
- Those who supported the BPP claim that the FBI used dirty tactics
Among the most notable of the trials was that of Huey Newton for killing a policeman in 1967, which resulted in three mistrials, the last in 1971. Bobby Seale, one of the "Chicago Eight" convicted of conspiracy to violently disrupt the Democratic National Convention of 1968, was a codefendant in a Connecticut case charging murder of an alleged informer on the party. He was acquitted in 1971. A third major trial was of 13 Panthers in New York City accused of conspiring to bomb public places. They were also acquitted in 1971.