Tuesday, October 21, 2008

First Media Publicity, First Police Patrols Arrest

With the armed escort of Malcolm X's wife, Betty Shabazz from the San Francisco airport to Ramparts Magazine, [initially organized by the rival BPP Of Northern California lead by Kenneth Freeman of RAM, who Seale had broke away from upon Malcolm X's death day], a physical tussle with between Newton and TV news reporters followed with an argumentative ready to shoot stand off with the San Francisco police in front of Ramparts magazine building, following Eldridge Cleaver's interview of Mrs. Shabazz, created the first establishment media publicity of Bobby Seale's and Huey Newton's Black Panther Party. Hitting the front page of the San Francisco Examiner in February 1967. [This article included first establishment media photo of Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed, standing in front of first BPP office.]

While patrolling police, guns were never concealed for legal status, there were no arrest for five months. Only defiant legal arguments and near shoot-out stand-offs. Small crowds of people watched with wonderment, praise and fear. The verbal argumentative defiance, complete with armed but disciplined members, lead by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, such gun toting legal-arguments with several policemen left the people and police shocked and dismayed. The first arrest connected with observations of police breaking into a black home, were of Huey P. Newton and Warren Tucker which charges were later dismissed. Immediately following Huey's first arrest, Bobby Seale and Little Bobby Hutton were accosted, then arrested following Huey's court appearance the next day. Seale and Hutton were charged with an 1887 law of having guns on grounds adjacent to a jail, in Oakland when they arrived to bail Huey Newton out of jail. Charges were dropped against Bobby Hutton. These particular charges against Bobby Seale would last past and not be resolved until After Seale's historical court trials in Chicago in 1969, and The State of Connecticut in 1971.