Whatcha gonna do now that they comin’ for you, George? While police have failed to file any charges against George Zimmerman, the overzealous 28-year-old Sanford, FL Neighborhood Watch Captain who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month in their gated neighborhood, if it’s up to the New Black Liberation Militia his days as a free man are numbered.
According to The Grio reports:
Members of a self-proclaimed “New Black Liberation Militia,” based out of Atlanta, GA, say they plan to attempt a citizen’s arrest of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who confessed to fatally shooting the unarmed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fl last month.
One of the leaders of this group, which is “a multi-faith, spiritual,cultural, scientific, and political instructional institution,” according to its website, is a top student of the late Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammad, a controversial National Spokesman and Representative of the Nation of Islam.
Najee Muhammad, who calls himself “the national commander and minister of the New Black Liberation Institute and Militia,” was active in protesting the execution of Troy Davis, who was convicted of and executed for the August 19, 1989 murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, GA.
The law on citizen’s arrests varies with each state, and Florida is one that relies on common law. It states that a civilian can apprehend a person who he or she has witnessed commit a felony crime — usually as a last resort, in the case that the police have yet to arrive and the alleged criminal is fleeing the scene.
Members of The New Black Liberation Militia plan to make a citizen’s arrest of 28-year-old George Zimmerman, since local police have yet to detain him.
“We’ll find him. We’ve got his mug shot and everything,” said Muhammad.
The problem is, only two people are known to have witnessed the incident — Zimmerman, who insists that he only acted in self defense (as per stand your ground law), and Martin, who was killed.
State prosecutors will decide whether Zimmerman met the legal standard for the state’s self-defense law, which allows wide latitude in using deadly force if someone feels reasonably threatened, or if he shot Martin unlawfully and should be arrested.
Members of the Black Liberation Militia (or anyone who conducts a citizen arrest) could then face criminal charges themselves, due to the fact that Zimmerman has yet to be charged with any crime pending Florida investigation.
It really shouldn’t have to come to this, but it seems pretty obvious that the U.S. criminal justice system doesn’t give a fawk about the lives of black people still to this day! They get more upset about dead animals than dead black people. Keeping it 100.
Are Najee Muhammad and his peeps doing the right thing or just setting themselves up to be the next victims of this shady justice system?
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