New Black Panther Party tweets indicate that rallies and gatherings surrounding the George Zimmerman verdict are being planned, but whether violence or unrest will accompany them is unclear, the Washington Times reports.
Zimmerman faces murder charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, 17. Closing arguments completed on Friday, the verdict is now in the hands of the jury.
While the NBPP notes on its Twitter page that it "will engage in no unlawful activity" if Zimmerman is "exonerated"...
Other tweets posted in the same time period lay out plans for "street maneuvers" and "unrest":
And while telephone calls to the NBPP for clarification weren't returned, the Washington Times reported, the tone of NBPP tweets regarding Zimmerman and his legal team seem clear:
The New Black Panthers have been vocal and active regarding the Martin killing from the start. But a few examples:
- The NBPP's reported "wanted dead or alive" Zimmerman poster
- The 'Day of Action' in response to the killing
- The group's "spiritual leader" ranting that Zimmerman "gotta pay"
At least one prominent member of the NBPP won't likely take part in post-verdict public gatherings: King Samir Shabazz (a.k.a. Maruse Heath), who infamously incited a federal probe for voter intimidation after he brought a billy club to a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008.
TheBlaze confirmed Friday that Shabazz—the NBPP's national field marshal and Million Youth March 15-Year Anniversary security chief—remains in a New York City jail on a felony weapons possession charge.
NYC police say they saw him wearing a bulletproof vest in Harlem June 21, stopped him, and found him carrying a loaded, unlicensed handgun. His bail is $75,000. Shabazz/Heath faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 3 1/2 years and a maximum of 15 years if convicted.
The following video depicts Shabazz/Heath making violent declarations in regard to whites. It is very graphic. (It should be noted that while the leader of the NBPP, Malik Shabazz, distanced himself and the organization from Heath's 2008 polling place actions, the New York Post reports that the first person Heath called after his June 21 weapons arrest was Malik Shabazz, and the NBPP held an "emergency community rally" July 1 to get Heath released.)
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)