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The racist dog policemen must withdraw...

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1970 (made)

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  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

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    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 66, box E

The Black Panther Party for Self Defense was founded in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton, the two armed men seen in this poster, as a direct response to the increased instances of police brutality in their local community. The message printed here is a defiant challenge to the guilty law enforcement officers, declaring that their violent behaviour will be met with equally violent retaliation.

Physical description

Photographic image of Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton, armed with rifles, standing outside the Black Panther Party Headquarters in Oakland, California.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


ca. 1970 (made)



Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

"The racist dog policemen must withdraw immediately from our communities, cease their wanton murder and brutality and torture of black people, or face the wrath of the armed people."


Height: 57.8 cm, Width: 45.7 cm

Descriptive line

Anti-police brutality Black Panther Party Poster. photographic image. USA, ca. 1970.

Production Note

distributed and posted in New Haven, Connecticut in April 1970


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Men; Guns; Radicalism; Politics; Race (concept); Propaganda


Prints; Propaganda; Black History; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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