Jeffrey Haas - "The Assassination of Fred Hampton"

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Jeffrey Haas

An extraordinary retelling of a shameful chapter in our history.—Michelle Alexander

Jeffrey Haas discusses The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: Fifty years ago this December, 14 Chicago police officers armed with shotguns, handguns and a .45–caliber machine gun raided Fred Hampton’s apartment. When they left, 21-year-old Hampton lay dead in his bed. Within hours, Cook County State’s Attorney Edward Hanrahan publicly proclaimed Hampton’s death an act of self-defense by police during a routine search and seizure. It would take more than a decade to prove in court that Hampton’s death was the result of an orchestrated web of lies, cover-ups and FBI involvement that went all the way to the top.

This updated edition of The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther by Jeffrey Haas exposes the conspiracy behind the murder of rising social activist Fred Hampton. Attorney for the plaintiffs in the federal civil suit Hampton v. Hanrahan, Haas presents a hard-hitting, uncensored account of why Hampton was summarily executed by the government in the late 1960s and the extensive and criminal attempts to delay justice. A new preface by Haas connects Hampton’s enduring influence on revolutionary organizing to ongoing global and domestic struggles including climate change, the Black Lives Matter movement and today’s divisive political sphere. A riveting true tale of calculated murder, corruption and cover-up, The Assassination of Fred Hampton offers the complete account of Fred Hampton and the unrelenting legal effort for justice.

About the author: Jeffrey Haas is one of the founders of the Peoples Law Office. He has 50 years' experience as a civil rights attorney including time representing the families of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark and proving, after 13 years of litigation, that Fred Hampton was killed as a result of a conspiracy between the FBI's Cointelpro Program, States Attorney Edward Hanrahan, and the Chicago Police. He has represented protesters ranging from those opposed to the Vietnam War to SDS to the Young Lords to the Panthers up to Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

Event Location: 
57 Street Books
1301 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637