Bobby Rush, congressman and Black Panther Party veteran, in 1994


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U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.)
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Then flirting with a campaign for mayor of Chicago, here’s U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush in an interview with me, aired Sept. 25, 1994.
On his role in 1968 as co-founder of the Black Panther Party’s Illinois chapter: “The focus of the civil rights movement became police oppression. … Some viewed the police department like an occupying army as it relates to the black community.”
And on police behavior in 1994: “I would send a message to police officers: We honor you, we respect you … but we will not tolerate police brutality.”
All still sadly relevant today.

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