In 1970, Congress launched a full scale investigation of the Black Panther Party. Much of the attention focused on the national leadership and the Oakland headquarters, but several other chapters were also investigated, including Seattle. On May 12, the House Committee on Internal Security began hearings in Washington D.C. focused on the Seattle chapter. Six witnesses were called, only one of them a representative of the BPP. Co-founder Elmer Dixon refused to testify, citing his 5th Amendment guarantee against self-incrimination. Two of the witnesses were officers of the Seattle Police Department who had long been involved in Panther surveillance. Another two were investigators working for the Committee on Internal Security. The sixth witness was an undercover agent who testified secretly that he had been a member of the Seattle BPP for eighteen months.
Here are the documents, photographs, and testimony that the Committee considered. They contain, it should be noted, any number of mistakes and inaccurate assumptions. For example, some of the individuals identified as Panthers were not in fact members.
Exhibit 4: Quotations by the Black Panther Party
Exhibit 5: Application for Party membership
Exhibit 6: The Objectives of Women Panthers
Exhibit 10-14: Safeway store boycott documents (Appendix B pdf)
Exhibit 15: Unidentified dynamite photograph
Exhibit 16: Arrest records of suspected Panthers