It may come as a surprise but there still are people around looking for justice the Wild West style. Black Panther Party is an organization of the revolutionary left that remained active throughout the United States. The overall focus that the Trayvon Martin case has been getting has caught the eye of the Black Panther Party which is offering a bounty for the shooter George Zimmerman.
Representatives of the Black Panther Party say that their involvement is a way to force the United States to do its job, even though Trayvon Martin’s father argued the separatist group shouldn’t get involved. Mikhail Muhammad with the Black Panther Party stated this Monday: “We’re here to make them do their job. We will support Trayvon’s family, but we are military”.
The party also had plans to have about 5,000 people working to arrest the shooter with calm and “no vigilante justice”. However, the city of Sanford worried the plan “may result in criminal charges or unnecessary violence”.
Over the weekend, the Black Panther Party published a poster putting George Zimmerman up for a bounty and giving people a monetary incentive to make a citizen’s arrest. The party is offering a $10,000 reward for the capture of Zimmerman, the man who has shot and killed Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old unarmed teenager in late February.
On Saturday, Mikhail Muhammad said Zimmerman “should be fearful for his life. You can’t keep killing black children” and stated the party’s justice policy: “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”.
Earlier Monday, Trayvon’s father made a statement regarding Black Panther Party’s bounty as well as their justice policy of “eye for an eye”. Tracy Martin said: “We’re not asking for an eye for an eye. We’re asking for justice, justice, justice”.
Meanwhile, as the Black Panther Party was getting media coverage, one of its leaders, Hashim Nzinga, was arrested over possession of firearm charges by a convicted felon. According to CNN, Hashim Nzinga is the chief of staff in the party and data from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office that made the arrest pointed out he was carrying a FN Herstal 5.7 x 28 hand gun.