Posted Feb 22, 2012By vwilliams
In May of 1969 Black Panther Alex Rackley, who had fallen under suspicion of informing for the FBI, was kidnapped and held captive at the New Haven Panther headquarters on Orchard Street. He was tortured and killed, his body washing up in the Coginchaug River. A number of Black Panthers were arrested for the murder including national party chairman Bobby Seale. Warren Kimbro, Lonnie McLucas, and national Panther “Field Marshal” George Sams, Jr. were the only three convicted of the murder. Sams and Kimbro confessed to the murder, and agreed to testify against McLucas.
McLucas’ jury selection in May of 1970 brought condemnation and protest to the Elm City on May Day weekend depicted here from the New Haven Register archives and Associated Press.
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