Police in Toledo, Ohio, raided a Black Panther Party Headquarters on Thursday (September 17) after a white policeman was shot dead as he sat in his patrol car.
TOLEDO, OHIO, USA ( SEPTEMBER 17, 1970 ) (REUTERS)
GV Police along street
MLV Ditto PAN Black Panther H.Q. under fire.
LV Police move in as officer shouts through loudspeaker
SV Shattered shop fronts
LV Police fire and move towards entrance
GV (Next afternoon) Firemen clear up same building (2 shots)
SV Bullet holes in walls and furnishings (3 shots)
SV Bullet-marked refrigerator
CU PULL BACK Shotguns and ammunition on back seat of police car.
CU Policeman guarding and crowd
Background: Police in Toledo, Ohio, raided a Black Panther Party Headquarters on Thursday (September 17) after a white policeman was shot dead as he sat in his patrol car. When the police eventually forced their way into the building they found no one in it.
Police surrounded the building and exchanged fire with the occupants throughout the early hours of the morning. Slowly they began to move in continually firing upon the building, but found no one there when they broke in.
A black teenager, Troy Montgomery, was about to fire on them when he was shot. Police say he was armed with a shotgun and was about to fire on them when he was shot. a 25 year-old negro, John McClelland, is being held by the police and charged with the patrolman's murder.
The police said they did not know if McClelland was a member of the Black Panther Party or not: a Panther spokesman said he was not. The searching of the building was left until the afternoon when firemen had managed to clear away the tear gas in the office. The search revealed eight rifles, some ammunition and several sticks of dynamite which the police confiscated. The office bore many marks of the previous night's gun-battle.