Washington DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, December 13, 1968. First Edition. Photo-illustrated broadsheet wanted flyer (40.5x26.5cm.); previous mail folds as issued, postally used on verso, addressed to the Superintendent of the Preston School of industry at Ione, California; a Very Good, fresh example.
Issued on December 13, 1968, and signed in facsimile by J. Edgar Hoover, three days after a Federal warrant was issued in San Francisco, "charging Cleaver with unlawful interstate flight to avoid confinement." Additionally, "CLEAVER ALLEGEDLY HAS ENGAGED POLICE OFFICERS IN GUN BATTLE IN THE PAST. CONSIDER ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS." This alleged "gun battle" took place in Oakland in April, 1968, during which two officers were wounded and seventeen-year-old Panther member Bobby Hutton was killed. Cleaver, who was also wounded during the fight, fled to Cuba and later Algeria, where he founded an overseas Black Panther office. Among Cleaver's physical attributes noted on this flyer are "Numerous pock scars on back" and a small gold earing in his left ear lobe. Adorned with four photographs, two taken in 1966, as well as Cleaver's 1968 mugshots. OCLC locates two separately catalogued copies as of April, 2019, at Yale and Mississippi.