Mauricelm-Lei Millere, a black activist who also goes by the name Minister Mauricelm X, called for activists around the country to converge with violence on Pittsburgh after the shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose.
Antwon was killed on June 19 by an East Pittsburgh police officer following a traffic stop.
What’s the background?
East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld pulled over a vehicle last week after the vehicle had reportedly been linked to a nonfatal drive-by shooting in another part of town earlier that evening.
Fox News reported that Rosfeld placed the vehicle’s driver in handcuffs, and around this time, Rose and another passenger fled on foot.
The outlet reported that no suspects had opened fire on police officers, but the officer reportedly shot Rose as he ran, striking him three times. Rose was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.
Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said that the incident was under investigation and Rosfeld was put on leave.
He also added that two guns were found in the vehicle after police executed a search.
Video of the incident has been shared widely on the internet, and the teen’s shooting death prompted days of protests, continuing into this week.
(Content warning: graphic footage)
What did Millere say?
In a Saturday Facebook post that he implored his readers to share, Millere wrote:
Dispatch To Pittsburgh Is Written In Blood and No Less!
Attention: To All Who Is Concerned!
We are on our way to Pittsburgh to apply the laws of an eye for an eye, in self-defense of our younger black brother, who was murdered hours earlier!
We have no alternative! We must kill the police, that are killing our black children & Families In Self-defense!
This police must not be allowed to live in peace/or War!
To All Black Nationalist, Gangstas, Featherweights, Heavyweights, Black Mercenaries, MS-13, Especially ETCs!
We have taken oaths of death before dishonor, to right the wrongs that are happening in our communities (both foreign and domestic)! I am enacting this Black Nationalist/Internationalist Oath Now!
We’re arriving to Pittsburgh to ‘Right This Wrong!’ We are coming to Pittsburgh ‘To Die If Necessary’ in Self-defense But ‘We Demand The Life of The Officer That Killed Our Younger Black Brother or Any Blue Life Will Do!
We Are Seriously Considering Instituting An Annual Purge Across America — Against All Racist White Organizations, All Racist White Police, And All Their Ignorant, Conformed, Black Coons/Goons, for the sins/killings that are being committed against our people (daily, monthly, annually) by such enemies (both foreign and domestic )!
We cannot/will not accept any less! We Will Die To Fulfill This Cause In Self-defense! May Allah Be With Us Until Whatever End!
Who is Millere, anyway?
Millere is the same man who previously called for the killing of police officers after police fatally shot Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2016.
According to The Daily Beast, Millere is also one of the founders of the African American Defense League. The other founder is former head of the New Black Panther Party, Malik Zulu Shabazz.
One reported member of the African American Defense League was Micah Johnson, who fatally shot five officers and wounded an additional nine officers in a 2016 ambush in Dallas.
“Millere is known for calling for violence against police specifically, on a regular basis,” Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, told the New York Times after Johnson’s ambush.
“Usually after a high profile police-related shooting he takes to social media to encourage violence against police,” Segal added.