Omaha native Michael Richardson will return to the city this week for a series of events to discuss his recent book, “Framed,” his account of one of the most sensational slayings in Omaha’s history, the booby-trap bombing of Police Officer Larry Minard in 1970.
Richardson spent more than a decade researching the case.
David Rice (who later took the name “Mondo we Langa”) and Ed Poindexter, two members of a Black Panther-like organization based in north Omaha, were convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
The book details the FBI’s counter-intelligence program that sought to discredit and disrupt the militant group and maintains that vital evidence was withheld that led to the conviction of Rice and Poindexter. Rice died three years ago.
While many insist that the jury’s decision and years of denied appeals showed that the right men were convicted, others, including activist Angela Davis and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, say the two men were framed because of the radical politics of that era.
Richardson, a graduate of Westside High and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, covered the Minard case for the Omaha Star newspaper.
Richardson will appear at: the Great Plains Black History Museum, 2505 N. 24th St., on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.; a Black Votes Matter forum at Emery’s Cafe, 2118 N. 24th St., on Friday at 11:30 a.m.; The Bookworm bookstore, 2501 S. 90th St., on Friday at 6 p.m.; the Aframerican bookstore, 3226 Lake St., on Saturday at 2 p.m.