For former Panthers like myself, this is deja vu. After vicious attacks and murders against Black people (Remember Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in Chicago 1969?) and standing up to defend our lives, Black Panthers became public enemy number one. We were demonized and vilified no end. It took decades (and the raid of FBI files) to learn all about the FBI’s COINTELPRO (counterintelligence program) that infiltrated our ranks with agent provocateurs for purposes of entrapment, division, and neutralization (imprisonment/assassination), pulling every “dirty trick” in the book to wipe us out. Panthers who were accused and convicted of killing police offers in self defense remain in jail after an extremely punishing 40 - 50+ years. Yet there are myriad police officers who have murdered Black folks without spending a day in jail or even losing their jobs. Should not police officers be held to a higher standard of behavior than civilians since they’re paid to serve and protect us, not kill us in cold blood?
Ironically, the recent murders in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas illustrate the point Black Lives Matter is making: How the nation has responded to the lives of the innocent Black men killed by police vs. the lives of the White police officers killed by a lone civilian (although I can’t help wondering if this “sniper” is another one of their “dirty tricks” to deliberately destroy BLM and institute new weapons of war into our communities, like bomb robots and more police.). A luta continua.