Nurse corrine leornard was in charge of the emergency room in kaiser hospital. In the hours before sunrise on october 28 1967, nurse leonards duty station was a desk near the emergency entrance. Shortly after 5:30 am she heard a car drive up, doors open and then slam shut. Then she heard a car drive off, making sounds as if it had a cracked muffler.
Then she heard moaning and groaning. Someone was saying, "I want to see a doctor". A young man came in. In the doorway stood HUEY NEWTON. He staggered in and came close to nurse Leonards desk. "I want to see a doctor right now", he said. "I've been shot in the stomach".
Nurse Leonard did nothing. Neither did she say anything. She merley looked up at NEWTON. NEWTON went on. "As you can see i'm bleeding to death." Nurse Leonard thought he was belligerent. This attitude annoyed her, so she continued her silence. Finally NEWTON blurted out, " God dammit, get a doctor out here right now".
Fumbiling with some forms, nurse Leonard asked, "do you belong to Kaiser"? "Yes yes" NEWTON replied."What difference does it make"? "Get me a doctor out here now".
Nurse Leonard asked for his name, which he refused to give. She then asked NEWTON, "well do you have your Kaiser card". "Can't you see i'm hemmorhaging"? NEWTON cried. "You are'nt hemorrhaging at all, it's just a tiny opening" Nurse Leonard looked at him closely. "Have you been drinking"? "You don't look like someone who's in great pain or you wouldn't be yelling or jumping around". NEWTON, doubled over, looked at her and spat, "You white bitch! You want to stand there and watch a black man die, don't you"?
"Look here, I don't have to stand for anyone swearing at me. Now you just watch yourself". NEWTON took his jacket and threw it on the counter. He yelled, "can't you see all this blood"? Nurse Leonard picked up the jacket. "There's very little blood here". She was not impressed at all.
Newton began to falter. The nurse became alarmed. "Please", he said. Get a doctor". "All right ", she said. Forget the papers, come in and we will see you". "No", said NEWTON, almost out on his feet. ".Get a doctor out here. Or do you just want to see me die".
Now nurse Leonard was frightened. Maybe, she thought, he has a gun. So she called the police. "This is nurse CORRINE Leonard in the Kaiser emergency room. There's a fellow here that's been shot in the stomach. I asked him to come in and be treated but he won't. There's something wrong. I think he is going to shoot me. Please send someone over quick". While she spoke to the police, she kept an eye on NEWTON. She was certain that, despite his condition, he had heard her conversation.
She got up and went toward NEWTON. "Come", she said "come into the emergency room". She and newton walked into a treatment room "I'll get a doctor right away", she said, leaving NEWTON lying on a gurney.
As nurse Leonard was going out of the room, the police burst in. It was just after 6:00 am.
Just some after thoughts to this brief story of a converation that took place right before NEWTON was assualted for minutes by police (His family had to hire nurses round the clock basically to protect NEWTON). 1. According to David Hilliards auto biography it was he and his wife who dropped him off at the hospital. Huey did NOT want to go there he according to hilliard showed up their house to die from his injury. 2. Despite the nurses opinions Huey newton was listed in FAIR condition, and once in the emgerncey room passes in and out of conciousness, only to be woken up every time by kicks and punches from Oakland police. Incidently this months Black Panther Party history class lecture will be on this incidend, as well as the trial, and also the FREE HUEY movement. This nifty FREE SCHOOL class takes place the last saturday of every month from 7 to 9pm at laughing horse books.