Fred Hampton was a black revolutionist, activist and deputy chairman of the Black Panther Party.
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An exceptional student and athlete, he was adept at law and used it as a tactic for self-defense against police brutality.
The activist was instrumental in forming educational classes for black youth, worked with the BPP localized People’s Clinic, held weekly community rallies and a key figure in the BPP free breakfast program, amongst other accolades.
Hampton was killed during a raid on December 4, 1969, led by the FBI with the assistance of the Chicago Police Department. He death was ruled a “justifiable homicide.”
The FBI classified him as a “key militant leader.”
In 1982, members of Hampton’s family won a settlement of $1.85 million dollar settlement from the city of Chicago. His killers were never prosecuted.