“The movie is a clear depiction of his efforts to impede the civil rights movement,” Cohen said in an interview.
Cohen said he watched the movie about three weeks ago and, inspired by it, called his staff the next day to work on reintroducing the legislation.
The movie tells the story of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, and William O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield), who served as an FBI informant to help silence him.
The movie had its premiere at Sundance’s virtual film festival before debuting in theaters and on HBO Max last month.
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