The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971, documentary)
Fred Hampton was the chairman of the Illinois Black Panthers. The documentary spends 45 minutes showing footage of Black Panther rallies then switches to Fred Hampton’s death, which happened during the creation of the movie. The official police statements described the death as unavoidable due to returned fire by the subjects of the raid, and the mainstream media gave the statements their quick approval. This documentary is awkwardly split and neither half is very compelling, save for the notion that the official story has to be viewed with initial skepticism and tested, and, for this one point, the documentary is of great value. Investigative journalism revealed that there was no return fire, that the raid was poorly planned and executed, and that Fred Hampton was in fact murdered by the police (who were later exonerated by a Grand Jury).