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Thursday, September 17, 2015

VINTAGE LAPD

On December 9, 1969, a four-hour shootout took place at the Southern California Headquarters of the Black Panther Party. The massive exchange of gunfire was between a cluster of six Black Panther members inside the headquarters and what would ultimately grow to be a force of 200 Los Angeles police officers, including a newly created LAPD SWAT team having its first real outing on that day...
The 41 on the left side of the ribbon in the SWAT patch signifies the shootout at the Black Panther’s headquarters at 41st and Central. The 54 on the other side signifies the SLA house and shootout at 54th and Compton…

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