The father of Fani Willis, the Georgia district attorney prosecuting Donald Trump, was a notable figure within the Black Panther movement.
New recordings have unveiled that John C. Floyd III, Fani Willis’ father, labeled the police as “the enemy.”
“I grew up here and I have remarked to myself: As many car break-ins, house break-ins, assaults, I never the whole time I grew up in Los Angeles ever remember anyone calling the police department, because we considered LAPD to be the enemy,” Floyd said.
“We thought they were nothing but trouble, they weren’t there to help us. I must have been 20 years old before I saw ‘to protect and serve’ (the LAPD motto) and wondered in my own mind, ‘Is that what police are supposed to do?’ because we saw them as an occupying army.”
Floyd, currently 80 years old, also referred to a well-known white politician of that time as a “Texas cracker.” He even hinted at his belief in conspiracy theories surrounding Malcolm X’s assassination by the CIA.
“I know that the CIA was extremely concerned about Malcolm having been in Africa and having done the Hajj [Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca]. I wonder about Malcolm’s assassination — how somebody could kill Malcolm and it would seem like it was a setup, and the escape car was the same car that Malcolm had driven to the Audubon Ballroom,” Floyd said.
Floyd’s close relationship with his daughter Willis is evident. Willis is currently leading a comprehensive anti-racketeering case against former President Trump and 18 others, including Rudy Giuliani and Mark Meadows, alleging a conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia.
“My father taught me that every single person is entitled to dignity and respect no matter who they are — no matter their race, religion or socio-economic status,” Willis told the New York Post. “And those things run through my veins,” she said. “It’s the way I try to treat people every single day: They’re entitled to dignity and respect no matter who they are.”
Floyd’s history with the Black Panthers runs deep. He was a founding member in 1967 and even chaired the Black Panther Political Party, a more moderate faction of the Black Panthers. After parting ways with the Panthers in the early 1970s, Floyd pursued a career as a defense attorney. He even claimed to have been friends with Martin Luther King. Floyd’s involvement in the Black Panther movement was so significant that he became acquainted with Huey P. Newton, the leader of the Black Panther Party.
Floyd’s past also includes a connection with the activist Angela Davis, whom Floyd claims to have dated in the 1960s. Davis, a member of the Communist Party USA, was the third woman to be placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list in 1970. She was accused of involvement in kidnappings and murders related to an armed seizure of a courthouse in Marin County, California. She was tried on felony charges after purchasing a shotgun which was used to kill a judge in 1970 but was ultimately acquitted in a widely publicized trial.
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