“Well, according to the street people law, he [George Zimmerman] has been charged with murder…..Because when the people find him, he may not be alive.
(Southern Regional Director of the New Black Panther Party) interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 (Monday March 26, 2012). The same New Black Panther leader who issued the George Zimmerman Wanted DEAD or alive poster.
COOPER: We mentioned at the top that the story of Trayvon Martin’s killing is no longer as simple as it once was. More pieces of the puzzle are emerging. The facts yet still are not known. No one knows exactly what happened. We are still awaiting the truth. At the same time passions are running high, tensions are rising. This wanted poster, as we said, is fanning the flames.
A group calling themselves the New Black Panther Party putting out a bounty for George Zimmerman’s arrest. It says $10,000 on the poster. They announced the amount is up to $23,000. The New Black Panther Party says they’d like to make it $1 million.
Trayvon Martin’s family, as you heard Atty. Daryl Parks say, wants no part of this and does not condone this, and is against this. His father saying today, we’re not asking for an eye for an eye. We’re asking for justice, justice, justice. Those were his words.
Take a look, though, at my earlier interview with a man calling himself Minister Mikhail Muhammad of the New Black Panther Party. I spoke to him just before airtime. Decide for yourself what he wants.
COOPER: Mr. Mikhail, you say that your group is offering a $10,000 reward for the, quote, “capture of George Zimmerman.” What exactly does that mean? Capturing George Zimmerman?
MUHAMMAD: We want to apprehend him, arrest him, and bring him to the authorities so they can charge this man with first-degree murder. He committed murder. He committed a hate crime. And so since the United snakes — I got to say snakes — government will not do their job even though we are supposed to be citizens, we decided to take it upon ourselves in coalition with other groups, with coalition with other black people who have had enough.
COOPER: But you say you want to hand him over to authorities. He’s not been charged at this point with any crime. So under what authority would you apprehend him and hand him over to anybody?
MUHAMMAD: The citizens arrest. He killed someone and he’s in hiding, Anderson. The police department is protecting him, Anderson. I have never heard in the history of America where one was able to kill an innocent human being and then be protected by the police.
COOPER: Why do you feel –
MUHAMMAD: So we decided to get involved.
COOPER: How do you say the police are protecting him, though? At this point numerous authorities, federal and state, are investigating him.
MUHAMMAD: Yes. They may be investigating on the surface, but behind the scenes they’re trying to protect his life.
COOPER: You were asked this weekend if you were inciting violence. And you responded by saying an eye for an eye, a life for a life. Trayvon Martin’s father today said we don’t believe in an eye for an eye. Aren’t you directly going against the wishes of Trayvon Martin’s family?
MUHAMMAD: We love Trayvon’s father but we are military, we have to support that family. We’re here to make them do their job. We will support Trayvon’s family, Anderson, but we are military. Every nation has a military, every nation has a defense system. So we’re going to support this family, but we want the United States government to do their job.
COOPER: But –
MUHAMMAD: Y’all would do the job, we wouldn’t be here today.
COOPER: But you were directly going against what Trayvon Martin’s father says he believes in. The family does not want you involved in this.
MUHAMMAD: Well, then again, Anderson, you need to tell the State Department of Justice to arrest this guy. Tell the city of Sanford to arrest this guy. Tell the attorney general Pam Bondi to arrest this guy. We believe that the government is stalling. And we love Trayvon’s family and we’re here for them, but again, they have killed millions of black men and women. So not only are we calling for justice for Trayvon, we’re talking about the millions Americans murdered who never had justice.
Don’t put the spotlight on the New Black Panther Party. We didn’t commit the murder. Let’s put the spotlight back on George Zimmerman and –
COOPER: You say you’re here for Trayvon’s family, though, but Trayvon’s family does not want you there. I mean, you’re saying you’re here for them –
MUHAMMAD: Well, you tell — you tell the Justice Department, Eric Holder and our President Obama to get off of their ass and do the work and arrest this man. (INAUDIBLE) with that.
COOPER: You say you’re calling for justice for Trayvon Martin. Aren’t you really calling for vengeance, though?
MUHAMMAD: No, sir. We can make a citizens arrest but the United States government will not do they job. According to the Constitution we have that right. So again, Anderson, you cannot put the burden on the New Black Panther Party’s back. You must put it back in the lap of George Zimmerman. Put it in the lap of no good Bill Lee. Put it in the lap of the no good state attorney Norman Wolf. I’m not going to tell him — I’m not going to tell him — I think I’m going to call him a wolf because all (INAUDIBLE) a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
COOPER: But I mean just factually speaking what you’re saying does not make sense that under the Constitution you can make a citizens arrest. You can’t arrest somebody if they have not been charged with anything. That’s still being investigated.
MUHAMMAD: Well, according to the street people law, he has been charged with murder.
COOPER: According to the what?
MUHAMMAD: We have 40, 30,000 people out here today. According to street law. According to God’s law. And I want to say I don’t obey the white man’s law. I don’t follow the American law. American law — the American law does not protect me, Anderson.
I’m not a citizen. So I have no right to respect the American law.
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So we decided to (INAUDIBLE) language to put pressure on the united snakes — because these are snakes government to arrest him. Because when the people find him, he may not be alive. So do your job. Do your job.
Anderson, you’re not so concerned — you’re not so concerned by Trayvon’s family. You’re not worried about his pain, Anderson. Talk about his pain.
COOPER: Well, sir, actually you have no idea what’s in my mind or my heart or what I’ve been reporting on. You’ve been out talking to crowds so I can tell you for several days, in fact, I’ve interviewed them multiple times.
What I’m wondering is, aren’t you just taking advantage of a situation to try to get in front of cameras and get your name out for your group which is tiny?
MUHAMMAD: No, sir. No, sir. No, sir. The New Black Panther Party has a track record or we have black men educating black people, dealing with police brutality.
COOPER: The Southern Poverty Law Center, as you know, has labeled your group a hate group. And they say you’re, quote, “virulently racist and anti-Semitic.” Do you really — do you feel that this — do you have any concerns that this will take away — your involvement will take away focus from Trayvon Martin, from his family what they’re going through and the wheels of justice? Isn’t this kind of a side show?
MUHAMMAD: No, sir. Not at all. We are sincere in what we believe in. We are sincere in defending the rights and interests of black people all over the world. I will say this. The Southern Poverty Law Center, why they don’t consider United States government anti-Semitic. Anti-black. Anti-red. Anti-yellow. The white man cannot call anybody anti-Semitic. He’s not a Semitic person. He’s a racist and he’s a murderer killer. All at one time, Anderson.
So don’t put it on the Black Panther Party.
COOPER: You did this weekend talked about an eye for an eye, a life for a life. Is that your version of justice?
MUHAMMAD: You’re damn right, Anderson. You got to stop killing black people, OK? So you tell the Sanford police department, you tell the police departments all over America, stop killing black people, you won’t have the problem.
COOPER: Trayvon Martin’s family, they don’t want you there. They don’t like what you’re saying and yet you seem unwilling to listen to that.
MUHAMMAD: We represent the millions of black people that want us here today. So we love Trayvon’s family and we will continue to support them in everything we do but we’re calling for justice. Again, I want to say to Trayvon’s family. You got to have a military, you got to have a military to defend your interests. So again, we love you, but we’re going to continue to support you regardless of the millions of white folks and Uncle Tom Negroes we’re going to stand up for this family, we’re going to stand up for justice in America and throughout the world.
COOPER: So are you saying that they are — to use your word — to use your phrase Uncle Toms, are you saying that about Trayvon Martin’s family because they’re saying they don’t want you?
MUHAMMAD: I’m talking about the Negroes who are complaining. I didn’t say them. I said the Uncle Tom Negroes who were complaining about the presence of the New Black Panther Party.
COOPER: But his family is complaining about your presence.
COOPER: His family is complaining about your presence.
MUHAMMAD: Well, I would rather sit down with them.
COOPER: They don’t — apparently they don’t want to.
MUHAMMAD: I think it’s white folks that’s complaining.
MUHAMMAD: It’s white America complaining. And I got to tell you, Anderson, we’re not going any damn where today. We’re not going anywhere, Anderson. So again, your divisive tactics won’t work today, Anderson. You got to find another sucker, Anderson.
COOPER: OK. Reverend — Reverend Muhammad, I appreciate your time.
MUHAMMAD: I’m sorry to disappoint you, buddy.
COOPER: You’re not disappointing me. I wanted to give you some time. So I appreciate that, sir. Thank you very much.
What a vile, racist, ignorant fool. A true waste of human space.
Tensions over the George Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin case are reaching the boiling point. There may be some who would willingly violently attack Zimmerman given half the chance, sans a bounty. The Panthers offering a substantial amount of money is only adding fuel to the fire.
He said so himself:
“Well, according to the street people law, he [George Zimmerman] has been charged with murder…..Because when the people find him, he may not be alive.”
Second Zimmerman wanted poster source: New Black Panther Party http://dayofactionmovement.org
Michael Haltman links at The Political Commentator…thanks!
Photo: New Black ‘Kill Whitey’ Panthers Support Trayvon Martin By Handing Out George Zimmerman “Wanted Dead or Alive” Posters -Update: NBP Call For 5,000 Vigilantes To Hunt Down Zimmerman & $10,000 Bounty -Update 2: “An Eye For An Eye”