|The assassination of Larry Davis|
|by Minister of Information JR|
|Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Part 1: Interviews with nephew Barry Davis and POCC Chairman Fred Hampton Jr.
Larry Davis, a former New York city resident with the persona of an '80s hood folkloric figure, was assassinated in Shawangunk Concentration Camp in upstate New York, reportedly on Feb. 19 after being shanked (knifed) numerous times while he was in captivity. Larry Davis' name is huge in the streets of Black ghettos across Amerikkka because he was drug dealer who worked directly for the pigs and wanted to quit, so the police sent a hit squad to kill him.
When they kicked in his door, they were met with gunfire, and a number of the officers who were sent to assassinate him were seriously injured, while Larry escaped. Seventeen days later, he was cornered and taken captive.
I felt like this was a very important interview to bring to the community because of the media push behind this drug dealing government agent Frank Lucas in the recent box-office release "American Gangster." In the film, Lucas is viewed as the "kingpin" behind the heroin boom of the '60s and '70s that was coming out of areas affected by the Vietnam War instead of the U.S. government, the real masterminds behind the drug trade.
Larry Davis' story is free of any government sanctioned embellishments. Larry was working for the police. He didn't want to do it any more, so they tried to kill him. He shot some of them in that particular police home invasion, and got away, and eventually was captured. After BET, the makers of the television series "American Gangster," contacted Larry Davis, who was being held captive, about doing his story, he ended up dead.
To discuss this in Part 1 of this series of articles, I have Barry Davis, the nephew of Larry Davis, and POCC Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. to discuss the life of Larry Davis in context with the politics of the American government and the devious role that it continues to play in the drug trade in the Black community. Read the words of Barry Davis and Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. in this exclusive Q and A.
MOI JR: Who is your uncle, Larry Davis?
Barry Davis: Larry Davis is basically a person who went to war with the cops. He was a young guy caught up in the middle of a bunch of turmoil in New York city streets, took a couple of wrong turns, and tried to come out of that the best way that he could, and did it the best way that he could. And that was by defending himself, and he got it done.
MOI JR: Can you give us a more in-depth history of who Larry Davis is? I understand that he was a kingpin in the New York area that was working directly for the police at one point?
Barry Davis: At one point, you know? I wouldn't say that he was a kingpin. I would say that he was more of a pawn, and the real kingpins were the police that he was working for.
MOI JR: No doubt. Can you talk a little bit about his relationship with the police and how it went sour?
Barry Davis: Be it that I was kind of young during the time, from my perspective of what was going on, be it that I was there, was that he was a soldier working for them, and decided - because you gotta understand his fam and background because he comes from a real Baptist background; everybody goes to church on Sunday, and his mother and father they were there - being from that background, he knew what he was doing, and when he tried to come up out of that, they wouldn't let him, because he was making so much money for them. And the way he did it, they just couldn't allow for it to go down like that. He had to do what he had to do.
MOI JR: What year did he catch his case, and could you tell the people a little bit about his case?
Barry Davis: Around the time, '86, that's when he did what he had to do with these police officers, but when he had his run, it was prior to that; you're talking about maybe '82-'86. From then, he was just running around doing what the police had him doing: drugs, strongarm or whatever. Whatever they needed for him to do, that's what he was doing for them.
MOI JR: Was he reportin' directly to the police in uniform, or was he reporting to pigs that were undercover?
Barry Davis: Yes, more or less, they were plain clothes police; detectives that we called Sullivan and Crazy Joe. Those were the guys that he was working for.
MOI JR: What was he charged with?Barry Davis: He was convicted of some alleged murder of some drug dealer. But the actual shooting of the cops, he beat that hands down. You know, he never was convicted of shooting those cops. He won that. That particular trial he won, but they got him on some underhanded, lowdown, out of the public eye conviction on some drug dealer in the Bronx. And that's what they convicted him on. He got that life sentence on that.
MOI JR: When did the family hear that Larry Davis was assassinated?
Barry Davis: It's still kind of hard to believe, because it is so fresh going through my head. It has been kind of speedy the last couple of days, but I'm gonna do my best with that one. We got the word Tuesday night that something had happened to him, and Wednesday morning was the confirmation that he was killed in Shawangunk. You know that there is an ongoing investigation as we speak, so as from what I'm understanding now is that we might have been two days late on the information, with them actually contacting us, that anything that happened to him.
MOI JR: Do we have any details around the assassination?
Barry Davis: Not at this particular time, you know it's real sketchy, and we won't know anything until further inquiry on what's going on.
MOI JR: Many of us believe
that there is a bigger plot at hand, but who is the particular assassin in this case, the one whose hand was on the weapon?
MOI JR: Chairman Fred, can you give the people a backdrop as to what was happening in the waning years of the Black Power Movement, where drugs were flooded into these neighborhoods, and could you speak about what you know about the case of Larry Davis?
Ch. Fred: First and foremost let me extend my condolences to Brotha Barry and the entire family and even to the community because it is a loss to the entire community. The deal is that the drug economy that was pushed on the Black and other oppressed communities was and is an "illegal capitalist economy." And I say a quote unquote illegal capitalist economy, because the fact is that every economy that this government got going - everything from the prison economy to many of the 9 to 5 jobs that go on out here - in fact we got this term that when people have a job we say "you are going to the plantation," because this whole system is illegitimate and illegal. But in particular it was the drug economy imposed on our people.
A majority of these brothas and sistas, in fact, none of them engaged in the drug trade out of their own volition. I just want to reiterate what Brotha Barry pointed out, that by no means could Larry Davis or any other force in the community be defined as a kingpin because in reality we know who the real gangsters are: the Ronald Reagans, the Bushes, the Rockefellers and so on and so forth. So again, the way that we must view anybody that engaged in hustling or whatever, is that it is a drug economy imposed by force one way or another or whether it be by the direct, pigs planting stuff on brothas and sistas in the community, or just limiting access to any other ways to resources or means of survival to people in the community and saying that this is your "option." And a lot of people say that "I don't believe that the government makes people sell drugs"; on the contrary, they do in one way or the other.
I just want to point out too that Larry Davis and so many other forces was a victim, and Larry Davis was the average cat but again not the average cat. He was a victim who took the position that he was going to be a fighting back victim. And he is a symbolism of defiance, a symbolism that transcended the borderlines of New York, where people throughout the world felt like he, in laymen's terms, had the right to liberty and self-determination. And regardless of how many badges or guns or how many law books or Constitutions or rules that the system may run down to him, this brotha felt that he had a right to life, and he moved in defense of his life, and he took a courageous stance and stood and still stands as a symbolism of resistance.