The murder of Fred Hampton may be ancient history but it is a story which needs a full airing
The release at the Sundance Film Festival of “Judas and the Black Messiah” is the vehicle for people to relive the State sanctioned murder in Chicago on December 4, 1969 of the charismatic young black leader.
The complicity of the FBI and Chicago police in the murder was covered up for years. It was only through the Courts and persistence of civil rights attorneys that the government involvement saw the light of day.
Fred Hampton in life – Fred Hampton after murder by Chicago police
Democracy Now 2.1.2021
A highly anticipated new feature film, “Judas and the Black Messiah,” tells the story of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and William O’Neal, the FBI informant who infiltrated the Illinois Black Panther Party to collect information that ultimately led to Hampton’s killing in 1969 by law enforcement officers. The film is premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and stars Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton, LaKeith Stanfield as O’Neal and Martin Sheen as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Shaka King, the film’s director and co-writer, says focusing on Hampton and O’Neal was a way “to make ‘The Departed’ inside the world of COINTELPRO,” referring to the decades-long illegal FBI program to undermine Black and radical political organizations. “I just thought that that was a very clever vessel and intelligent way to Trojan-horse a Fred Hampton biopic.”