Philadelphia: Black Panther Party, . A two-sided flyer distributed by the Philadelphia branch of the Black Panther Party following the death of Harold Brown, a young Black man, killed by two Philadelphia police officers. The recto juxtaposes a statement by the notorious Philadelphia police commissioner, Frank Rizzo, exonerating the two officers with a claim by the BPP that Brown was murdered by “Rizzo’s Mafia.” According to Black Panther Party Defense Captain, Reggie Schell, the Brown murder was the catalyst that drove hundreds of Philadelphia blacks into the Party in 1970. The verso reprints a Philadelphia Bulletin article on the death of another Philadelphia Black man killed by police, James Hamilton, with an accusation by the Panthers that the press was "work[ing] hand in hand with Cisco-Kidd Rizzo." A scarce, ephemeral flyer from the relatively short-lived Philadelphia branch of the Black Panther Party.
An 8 ½” x 11” sheet of white stock mimeographed on both sides. A Fine copy. From the estate of one-time Philadelphia Black Panther, Bill Crawford. Item #8931