A great documentary illustrating the political assassinations perpetrated by the FBI and by the police to obliterate the Black Panthers. As Radley Balko explained in his book, the late 1960s is when the militarization of the US police forces began (think SWAT) and continues up to these days. In 2016, police brutality is so commonplace it does not even make the front page. America is a scary, scary place.
Martin Luther King is the safe campaigner for racial equality. The idea of Malcolm X and Black Panther's civil disobedience makes some uncomfortable. In a world where racism remains a pernicious and ever-present entity, the challenge is to decide who is more extreme: a radicial revolutionary organisation or such endemic bigotry and discrimination.
As is pointed out at the beginning of this film,the Black Panthers were different things to different people.To the Authorities,they were a threatening paramilitary organisation. To their supporters,they were witness's to police brutality and a source of needed social services.The key to this film is J Edgar Hoover's answer to justice for the Panthers;"Justice is incidental to law and order." WRONG!JUSTICE IS PRIME.