Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa (formerly David Rice) are known as the Omaha Two and have the dubious distinction of being two of America’s longest-held political prisoners. The two men, Black Panther leaders, were convicted for the 1970 murder of an Omaha, Nebraska policeman and are imprisoned serving life sentences at the maximum-security Nebraska State Penitentiary
The Omaha Two were targets of J. Edgar Hoover’s notorious counterintelligence operation against domestic political activists that was code-named COINTELPRO. In the turbulent 1960’s the Black Panther Party was Hoover’s number one target and the organization was effectively defeated by FBI clandestine dirty tricks.
Hoover ordered the FBI crime lab to withhold a report on the identity of an anonymous caller who lured Officer Larry Minard, Sr. to his death at a vacant house on August 17, 1970. The bomb that killed Minard was placed by 15 year-old Duane Peak but Hoover wanted the two Black Panther leaders convicted instead. Peak was allowed to plead guilty to being a juvenile delinquent in exchange for his testimony that the Omaha Two put him up to the crime. Hoover’s order to withhold the FBI lab report on the recording of the bogus 911 call allowed Peak’s accomplice to escape justice but was necessary to pin the crime on the two Panthers.
The Left Forum, to be held in New York City in mid-March, is scheduled to explore the COINTELPRO conviction with a panel from around the country that has closely studied the case. Moderator is Tekla Johnson, an Assistant Professor of History at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Johnson has authored Free Radical: Ernest Chambers, Black Power and the Politics of Race. Johnson grew up in Omaha and has long been familiar with the Omaha Two case.
Trish Kahle from Greensboro, North Carolina, is another Left Forum panelist who is a free-lance writer specializing in race and legal history. Ms. Kahle has studied the Omaha Two case for the International Socialist Organization.
Reynaldo Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Education at Harris-Stowe University in St. Louis, Missouri, and is co-writing a book about the Omaha Two to be titled Forgotten Comrades. Anderson has focused his research on the history of the Black Panthers in America’s heartland and is scheduled to participate in the Left Forum panel.
Tariq Al-Amin, is head and co-founder of Nebraskans for Justice. A former Omaha police officer, Tariq has devoted himself to bringing justice to the Omaha Two.
The author is also a panel member.
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