Blank Panther Self-Defense Campaign

1946-1989, Alternative Spaces, Date, Defining the Enemy, Disruptive Spaces, Tactics of Disruption, The Police

The Black Panther Party established the CATF committed to protecting Black folks as a way to “challenge both crime and pervasive police violence.” Black folks recognized that the police force was committed to “oppression, not protection” of Black bodies and communities. Therefore, they created their own alternative space and self-institutions where Black individuals learn to protect themselves and others from police violence.