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Black Panthers' Gun Supplier Was FBI Informant

August 23, 2012  | 

Screenshot via Center for Investigative Reporting.
Screenshot via Center for Investigative Reporting.

A prominent 1960s Black Panther Party activist who supplied the group with its first firearms that were used in gun battles with Oakland police was working as an FBI informant.

Richard Aoki's role was revealed by Seth Rosenfeld in the new book "Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power" that was published Tuesday.

Aoki, who committed suicide in 2009, was "one of the best sources we had," said Burney Threadgill Jr., the FBI agent who recruited Aoki.

Read the full Fresno Bee story.

Watch the Center for Investigative Reporting's short documentary here.

Tags: FBI, Oakland PD, Black Nationalist Groups, Criminal Informants, Police History, Black Panther Party


Comments (4)

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Capt David LACO Retired @ 8/23/2012 5:40 PM

Sounds pretty normal for the FBI in those days. Find a book about their influence in the fight between BPP and US headed by Ron Karenga.. FBI fed both of them.

Tim @ 8/23/2012 6:23 PM

Capt David hit it right on the head. This doesn't surprise me one bit and this will continue to happen.

Frank @ 8/23/2012 7:09 PM

Well this is real comforting to know. How does it feel to have your own Brothers in Blue getting shot at thanks to the FBI's poor judgement. We have Whitey and the FBI on the east coast and Aoki and the FBI on the west coast. So who the hell are the good guys now? Next it will the FBI and Mexican Cartels.

Billy @ 8/24/2012 12:56 AM

We don't need the FBI to supply guns to terrorists and drug cartel members anymore we have Eric Holder and the BATFE brass.

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