Framed J. Edgar Hoover, COINELPRO & the Omaha Two Story
oin Michael Richardson during a book talk Framed J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO & the Omaha Two Story: This is a must read for anyone interested 1970s Omaha history, its social justice issues and those who work to right wrongs in our criminal justice system. The story revolves around the prosecution of David Rice and Ed Poindexter for the suitcase bombing murder of Omaha Police Officer Larry Minard in which evidence was ordered withheld by the FBI. Their Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) was targeting Black Panther operations across the nation. With crucial evidence withheld both men were found guilty. David Rice (also known as Mondo we Langa) died in the Nebraska State Penitentiary in March, 2016 while Ed Poindexter is still there, while the person(s) responsible for Officer Minard's death remain free.
Michael Richardson is a former Omaha resident who attended Westside High School and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Richardson was a VISTA Volunteer on the Near-Northside and served on the Nebraska Commission on Aging before moving from the state. Richardson attended the Larry Minard murder trial and reported on the case in 1971 for the Omaha Star in his first published article. After a nineteen year career as a disability rights advocate, Richardson worked for Ralph Nader coordinating his ballot access campaigns in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections. Richardson has written extensively for the San Francisco Bay View, OpEdNews.com and Examiner.com about the trial .