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Trayvon Martin case: New Black Panthers offer $10,000 bounty for capture of George Zimmerman. Good Idea ?

Che Guevara - Hero 2012/03/24 22:20:52
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SANFORD — Members of the New Black Panther Party are offering a $10,000 reward for the "capture" of George Zimmerman, leader Mikhail Muhammad announced during a protest in Sanford today.

When asked whether he was inciting violence, Muhammad replied defiantly saying: "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."

The bounty announcement came moments after members of the group called for the mobilization of 10,000 black men to capture George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin last month.

Muhammad said members of his group would search for Zimmerman themselves in Maitland and Jacksonville -- where the 28-year old worked before the shooting, employees there told the Orlando Sentinel. But he declined to say when they will begin their hunt.

Muhammad said the group's national chairman, Dr. Malik Zulu Shabaz of Washington, D.C. is receiving donations from black entertainers and athletes. They hope to collect $1 million by next week, Muhammad said.

The party said they would not release the names of donors nor would they provide documentation to support the existence of donations.

The New Black Panthers announced the reward at a protest in Sanford Saturday, the activist group's third protest in the past two weeks over the fatal shooting of the Miami Gardens teen.

The group called for Zimmerman's arrest and threatened to find and detain him if police were not willing to do so. But group members didn't call for the mobilization of thousands until Saturday.

Muhammed led the group in chanting "Justice for Trayvon!" and "Black Power!"

"If the government won't do the job, we'll do it," Muhammad said, leading his group of eight party members in chants like "freedom or death" and "justice for Trayvon" while making the iconic gesture of raising their fists into the air.

The party members said they are tired of the inaction of government officials — from Sanford city officials up to the Governor, accusing them of lying and delaying justice.

They accused newly-appointed special prosecutor Angela Corley of being an enemy of the black community.

"She has a track record of sending innocent young black men and women to prison," he said.

Sanford police arrived toward the end of the demonstration Saturday asking onlookers and media to avoid walking into the street in front of The Retreat at Twin Lakes where Trayvon was killed.

As the officer walked back to his cruiser, Muhammad berated and pointed angrily at him saying "If you'd had shown this much concern, Trayvon may still be alive today."

The fiery rhetoric and often profanity-laden diatribes made some visitors to the impromptu memorial uncomfortable.

Pastor Moses Brown of Tampa said he was disappointed with the Panthers' approach.

"We believe in a message of justice, not hate," said Brown, who was in town to pray at the memorial and attend the Monday event at Sanford's Civic Center. "We believe justice will come through the court system."

Brown, who is also the Chief executive officer of Feed Our Children, said he has been meeting with other Christian ministers to discuss the case.

While the Panthers chanted behind him, Brown said "I see parallel versions of how we are coping with this as a community. Some in anger and us, in prayer. But we are in America where we have our rights to expression."

Sanford resident James Tucker said the party's message is about vengeance not justice and will rouse a "lynch mob" that could spiral out of control into a race riot.

"I'm as much for black power as anybody but this is going to alienate the white friends we need to get things done," Tucker said, as he stood across the street from the demonstration.

Former Orange-Osceola County prosecutor Esther Whitehead said the Panthers' bounty opens them up to civil and possibly criminal liability.

"I can't see how anyone can go out and take action as a private citizen without some government action like the issuance of a warrant," she said. "It doesn't make sense. It doesn't sound reasonable."

The Southern Poverty Law Center says the New Black Panther Party, a black-separatist group founded in 1989, is "virulently racist and anti-Semitic," and its leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law officers.

Trayvon was killed Feb. 26 in the gated Retreat at Twin Lakes community while walking back to his father's fiancee's town house. Zimmerman spotted the unarmed teen and called the Sanford Police Department's nonemergency line to report a suspicious person.

Zimmerman shot Travon before officers could respond. Zimmerman told police he acted in self-defense. He has not been arrested and is not charged with a crime.

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  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/03/24 22:53:59
    NO
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    +11
    No one should be trying to capture and/or kill Zimmerman. Doing so is only committing the same vigilante activity that Zimmerman has been accused of. Any and all death threats should be investigated. it doesn't matter if the target is black, white, purple, whatever.

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  • ehrhornp 2012/04/07 20:14:41 (edited)
    NO
    ehrhornp
    +1
    While I can understand the Panther's frustration, they should not make the same mistake of taking the law into their own hands. Two wrongs do not make a right. My mother used to say that when I was growing up. lol



    But I firmly believe that there will be retaliation for this if the system does not deal with it in an open honest manner.
  • MegaFortunateSon 2012/04/06 06:04:28
    YES
    MegaFortunateSon
    +1
    I think so.
  • ehrhornp MegaFor... 2012/04/07 20:24:13
    ehrhornp
    +1
    Just curious what do you mean? Now the offer was only for the capture of Zimmerman but what would they do with him if they capture him? Give him to the police? They would probably just let him go if a warrent for his arrest was not issued. Kill him? That would make you as bad as him and will set a bad example and will probably result in retaliation agaiinst blacks. Keep him confined in a home made prison? Do you really want to feed this idiot? Clean up after him?

    I think the best course of action is to keep pressure on the goverment and not accept anything less than Zimmerman's arrest and prosecution. I would also work to get the entire police department replaced if prosecution cannot move forward because evidence was destroyed or not collected.
  • Torchy 2012/04/05 23:11:51
    NO
    Torchy
    +1
    Okay, so I think George Zimmerman is as guilty as sin...but to hunt him down the way he hunted down Trayvon is just as bad. He will get what's coming to him now that someone's paying attention. His vigilantism is what got him where he is; society on the whole has condemned him for it. So why stoop to his level?
  • C. C. Rider 2012/04/05 22:46:18
    NO
    C. C. Rider
    +3
    I do understand the Black Panthers absolute frustration on this case. IT is only a matter of time before something gives. I see more of this popping up. Zimmerman should be asking to be arrested to stop this. I mean...he is innocent right? LMAO
  • Jimbo 2012/04/05 22:15:16
    NO
    Jimbo
    +3
    Two wrongs never make a right. The police have acted in a manner that disgraced their profession. The son of a judge gets preferential treatment with detective wanting a prosecution denied. IMO a house cleaning of the entire dept. is in order. Their mistake show an ineptness in enforcing the law. If you can't tell the difference between stqnd your ground and hunt you down, you should not have the badge or any power.
  • Kaleokualoha 2012/04/05 22:03:08
    NO
    Kaleokualoha
    +3
    The NBPs seem to be on the lunatic fringe, like Birthers, Truthers, Holocaust Deniers, and the Flat Earth Society.
  • carolynb Kaleoku... 2012/04/05 22:38:37
    carolynb
    +2
    Good answer!!
  • PoliticallyIncorrect 2012/03/29 02:57:20 (edited)
    NO
    PoliticallyIncorrect
    +1
    I can imagine that Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the black panthers were all totally disappointed when the shooter turned out to be Hispanic instead of white. They are three entities who have sucked the black people dry and kept them beaten down with anger, hatred, and a mentality that they have to steal to get ahead in the world because according to them, blacks won't get a break. Tell that to Colin Powell, Colonel West, and the current POTUS. Jackson, Sharpton, the BP are the lowest of the low because they betray their own people to make money and get in the news.



    In the meantime, the press doesn't tell how Zimmerman has worked with black youth, trying to give them a leg up on life.
  • ehrhornp Politic... 2012/04/07 20:10:53
    ehrhornp
    Hispanics are considerd white. That is why forms or surveys often ask if you check white if you are hispanic.
  • Politic... ehrhornp 2012/04/07 20:31:19
    PoliticallyIncorrect
    I've always thought white but with all the federal forms we fill out, it looks as though they are not. Anyway, the Hispanic part of Mr. Zimmerman muddied the waters for the expounding racists.
  • Rogue_Loner 2012/03/29 00:55:59
  • Greenbay 2012/03/28 02:49:29
    NO
    Greenbay
    It can be a good idea
  • Kern 2012/03/27 17:45:58
    NO
    Kern
    +2
    Hell no, this is terrible idea and is not better than what Zimmerman did. Actions like this only pollute the discussion and fan the flames of prejudice.
  • Contarded Guru Chickenhawk 2012/03/27 16:55:45
  • Ejayt7 2012/03/27 16:08:08
    NO
    Ejayt7
    The hit man system is wrong! Everyone deserves due process of Law.
  • Tedster 2012/03/26 17:30:34
    NO
    Tedster
    +2
    No, it just encourages the same vigilante behavior that got us to where we are right now. Now that the federal government's involved let's give the judicial system the chance to play out. Much like what happened in the 60's in places like Philadelphia, Mississippi where the Feds had to step in seeking justice for the 3 murdered civil rights workers, I have faith that this will be handled appropriately from here on. Hope I'm right.
  • harley oldman 2012/03/26 16:06:05
    NO
    harley oldman
    +1
    They had better be cafeful. Someone might put a $10,000 Bounty on Panther pelts.
  • turtledove123 2012/03/26 15:27:22
    NO
    turtledove123
    +2
    While I do believe that this man has done wrong, and started out to do wrong by following that young man, I would not want him to done harm the way he did harm. I want justice for Trayvon.
  • Spizzzo BN-0 2012/03/26 10:40:07
    NO
    Spizzzo BN-0
    +1
    However, as is always the case with the so-called "New Black Panthers", EVERYTHING about them is dubious and subject to needing objective support--like, do they actually have members, notable leaders, financial support, or ANY verbal support? In short, is there ANY reason not to ignore them?
  • Proggy 2012/03/26 06:55:56
    NO
    Proggy
    +4
    Is trying to put out a fire with gasoline a good idea? The New Black Panther Party (no association with the original Black Panther Party) are as big of hooligans and thugs as those they claim to loath so much. First of all if a hair on Zimmerman head is harmed these bozos are the first they'll come for whether culpable or not. The legal system will take care of this and trust me when Zimmerman is spending the rest of his life in prison (in general population) it will be a fate worse than death.
  • HL 2012/03/25 23:36:45
    NO
    HL
    +2
    Let the Feds deal with this!
  • activ1 2012/03/25 20:50:36
    YES
    activ1
    +7
    DAMN!!! I MEANT TO HIT THE NO BUTTON! The so called New Black Panthers are just a bunch of a**holes out to make a name for themselves and get some free publicity. Who gives a damn about them? The only thing they will accomplish by doing this is to possibly get someone else injured or killed.
  • Ramon 2012/03/25 10:33:53
    NO
    Ramon
    +6
    I despise what George Zimmerman did to Trayvon Martin, but what is this going to do? I don't think Zimmerman went anywhere, he's not running from the law. This just encourages more lawlessness and is a very bad idea.
  • seattleman 2012/03/25 09:20:12
    NO
    seattleman
    +8
    While I understand the anger, this is the exact wrong approach.
  • aneed2know 2012/03/25 08:39:00
    NO
    aneed2know
    +10
    These people are worse than Zimmerman, i dont want vigilante justice, i wont our justice system to work for all. The New Black Panthers are a disgrace to what the originals were and i think they are right up there with the KKK, Volkstorm, The Farrakhan affiliate Islam organization and all other racist organizations. Its just wrong and if some one takes them up on it i only hope they will be charged with murder.
  • tesmith47 aneed2know 2012/03/25 21:12:00
    tesmith47
    +1
    you are are badly misinformed about the nature of the organizations you lumped together.
    you may not agree with the black organizations but the Black organizations are reactions to historical and present day social-economic white suprecy, the white organizations are the perpetuators of white supremecy.
  • aneed2know tesmith47 2012/03/26 05:29:41
    aneed2know
    +6
    I am not misinformed, i am a product of the original Black Panthers, my Uncle and Cousins were members of the LA chapter and they would have never put a bounty out on this man. This New Group is a slap in the face to what the originals stood for. They were neither racist nor vigilantes, what they did was protect and promote community involvement and justice. This group does nothing but spout their vile hatred, hell i would be on their target since i have bi-racial children, they are no different than KKK, Volkstorm, The Farrakhan affiliate Islam organization and all other racist organizations.
  • tesmith47 aneed2know 2012/03/26 15:26:19
    tesmith47
    +1
    I am not a aupporter of the new black panthers, but, as I said, considering the hatred and violence directed towards black from this white society even till today the reactions of any of the black militant groups is understandable.
    since you product of the BPP i ask you , how many whites have been prosocuted for the murders of FRED HAMPTON, MARK CLARK, etc. etc? NONE!!!
  • aneed2know tesmith47 2012/03/27 05:19:08
    aneed2know
    +5
    like i said they are no different than any other vile white racist group.
  • MegaFor... aneed2know 2012/04/06 06:07:08
    MegaFortunateSon
    Dude you dont know what youre talking about.
  • aneed2know MegaFor... 2012/04/06 07:39:51
    aneed2know
    Dude i am a decedent of the first Black Panther chapter in LA, so yeah i think i know a little bit more history on the Black Panthers than you do. There is no way they would condone what this so called New Black Panther group is doing in their name, no way in hell.

    In fact one of the major tenets of the original group is to carry yourself with respect at all times.

    Something this new racist group who has chosen to co-opt their name has not done, and is failing to do.

    You tell me how many health clinics have this group put on in their community, how feed the poor events have their held, how many cancer screenings have they done? The answer would be none, but i can tell you how many times they have made fools of themselves in doing so has casted black Americans in a bad light.

    So dude i know more than you know about the originals.
  • Kaleoku... tesmith47 2012/04/05 22:05:47
    Kaleokualoha
    +2
    "Understandable" and "justifiable" are completely different concepts. Blind rage may be understandable, but it is not justifiable.
  • Proggy tesmith47 2012/03/26 07:00:13
    Proggy
    +4
    Sorry, but you don't counter psychotic moronic lunacy with equal psychotic moronic lunacy. The methods of people like Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks were and are much more effective.
  • MegaFor... aneed2know 2012/04/06 06:06:02
    MegaFortunateSon
    aww give me a break buddy.
  • scbluesman13 2012/03/25 08:36:43
    NO
    scbluesman13
    +8
    Really, really bad idea. That is not justice within the rule of law.
  • findthelight2000 2012/03/25 06:14:39 (edited)
    NO
    findthelight2000
    +8
    Absolutely not. They have no right to take revenge in a civilized Country than George Zimmerman did to kill an innocent man trying to defend himself against what he thought was a sexual predator.



    But can we really call ourselves a civilized Country as long as we have laws that allow untrained, possibly disturbed individuals play judge, jury, and executioner? No, we can't.



    So anyone here answering NO, had better be prepared to also agree that these "Stand Your Ground" laws must be amended, and the Trayvon Martin bill passed into law to make sure that no laws such as these ever be thought of again! Because this is not a matter of "it's OK for some, but not the other", if you insist it is, get ready for a Country full of violent killings of innocents in similar situations followed by violent retaliation. Barbaric laws breed barbarism!
  • jaymz 2012/03/25 04:50:01
    YES
    jaymz
    +5
    the law had its chance and failed time for the people to do what the police refuse to do !
  • findthe... jaymz 2012/03/25 06:17:43
    findthelight2000
    +6
    It failed again, there was another innocent teen killed just the other day in Wisconsin. As in Florida, the killer was not even sent in for questioning.
  • jaymz findthe... 2012/03/25 19:21:29
    jaymz
    +3
    i'm not really that supprised !

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