(27971) Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPPSD), Police, Confrontation, 1970

Members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPPSD) are loaded into a police wagon after their 9-hour stand-off with Detroit Police officers comes to an end.

The confrontation began when two police officers attempted to issue ordinance violation tickets to two men who were selling newspapers on the sidewalk. The accounts of what happened next vary, however, a fight broke out between the officers and members of the crowd that had gathered, back-up was called for and shots were fired. The result was a nine 9-hour siege in which four police cars were destroyed by Molotov cocktails, one police officer was wounded by shrapnel and Patrolman Edward Smith was killed by a shotgun blast to the head. 15 young defendants, seven men and eight women, who had barricaded themselves in the Community Center were charged with murder and conspiracy to murder.

(27971) Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPPSD), Police, Confrontation, 1970
Date: 
1970-10-25
Physdesc: 
Photo negative
Photographer: 
Detroit News Staff
PhotoID: 
27971