On Jan. 17, 1969, Black Panthers Bunchy Carter and John Huggins were assassinated on the UCLA campus by Ron Karenga’s US organization. Make no mistake about it, the FBI’s COINTELPRO program was directly involved, while the racist Los Angeles Police Department continued its reign of terror against the Black Panther Party.
Carter formed the Southern California/Los Angeles chapter of the BPP, and he and Huggins played important roles in the chapter, which began a “Free Breakfast for Children” program.
COINTELPRO often pitted one Black national organization or group against another, using informants, misinformation, and falsified documents. An FBI memo dated Nov. 29, 1968, described a letter that the Los Angeles FBI office intended to mail to the BPP office. The letter, which was made to appear as if it had come from the US organization, described fictitious plans by US to ambush BPP members.
After the murder, the LAPD raided BPP apartments and arrested 75 people despite the Panthers having been on the receiving end of the violence on the UCLA campus.