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Ex-Fullerton Police Chief Recalls Shootout With Black Panthers in New Documentary

Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson's The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution premiered on PBS Tuesday night and featured a face familiar to Fullertonians. Pat McKinley, former Fullerton police chief and councilman, made an appearance throughout the documentary. He, of course, was one of three council members to be recalled in 2012 after Fullerton police beat Kelly Thomas to death. But long before that, McKinley had been a young officer with the Los Angeles Police Department during the Black Panthers' heyday and even took part in the SWAT raid on the party's office that turned into an hours-long shootout.

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