The truth behind a premeditated killing carried out by Chicago police and the FBI, updated with new material at the 50-year anniversary of the shooting


On December 4, 1969, attorney Jeff Haas was in a police lockup in Chicago, interviewing Fred Hampton's fiancée. She described how the police pulled her from the room as Fred lay unconscious on their bed. She heard one officer say, "He's still alive." She then heard two shots. A second officer said, "He's good and dead now." She looked at Jeff and asked, "What can you do?" Fifty years later, Haas finds that there is still an urgent need for the revolutionary systemic changes Hampton was organizing to accomplish. With a new preface discussing what has changed —and what has not, —The Assassination of Fred Hampton remains Haas's personal account of how he and People's Law Office partner Flint Taylor pursued Hampton's assassins, ultimately prevailing over unlimited government resources and FBI conspiracy. Not only a story of justice delivered, this book puts Hampton in the spotlight as a dynamic community leader and an inspiration for those in the ongoing fight against injustice and police brutality.


"[A] political cliff-hanger . . . an exposé [that] should be read in schools across the country." —Huffington Post

"An extraordinary retelling of a shameful chapter in our history. . . . reveals just how easily justice can be thwarted and malicious aims disguised when powerful people conspire to violate the law and manipulate procedural to avoid responsibility for their crimes. . . . A cautionary tale, as well as a story of heroism." —-- Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

"Required political reading, especially for conservatives who are genuinely concerned about the damage secret government can do." —-- Chicago Daily Observer

The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police...

  • Lawrence Hill Books 2019

    New paperback

    380 pages