The Man Who Armed the Panthers was a FBI informant
The man who armed the Black Panthers was also an FBI informant. FBI files exposed by journalist Seth Rosenfeld, reveal that Richard Aoki, a activist in the 1960’s who was the first to supply the Black Panthers with guns and weapons training, was also an undercover FBI source. Aoki was a militant leader of the Third World Strike and an activist with the Asian American Political Alliance at UC Berkeley. Aoki died in 2009 from an apparent suicide, allegedly.