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Pictured: Omaha Anarchist Black Cross

David Rice (also known as Mondo we Langa) and Edward Poindexter were charged and convicted of the murder of Omaha Police Officer Larry Minard. Minard died when a suitcase bomb containing dynamite exploded in a North Omaha home on August 17, 1970. Officer John Tess was also injured in the explosion. Rice died in his cell at the Nebraska State Penitentiary on March 12, 2016, and was discovered the next day. He was 68 years old and had been in poor health.Poindexter and Rice had been members of the Black Panther Party, and their case was, and continues to be, controversial. The Omaha Police recommended withholding exculpatory evidence, a tape of a 911 call, from being played at the trial. The two men had been targeted by the FBI’s COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program), which operated against and infiltrated anti-war and Civil Rights groups, including the Omaha Black Panthers. Amnesty International has been following the case and recommended a retrial or release for Rice and Poindexter. The state’s parole board have recommended the men for release, but political leaders have not acted on these recommendations.“

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