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Black Panther: Bottle-Throwing 'Lightweight' Compared to Murder

Monday, 11 May 2015 07:03 PM

Malik Zulu Shabazz, former national leader of the New Black Panther Party and president of Black Lawyers for Justice, insists he was not advocating violence when he said police in Baltimore "might have to get hurt."

"I want us all to have justice and to live in peace. I'm not for anybody getting hurt, and that's just it," Shabazz said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"I don't want anybody to get hurt, but I'm saying in certain circumstances, people do get hurt, but I'm not advocating for anybody to get hurt."

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Shabazz sparked a furor on Fox News Radio’s "The Alan Colmes Show" as he spoke about the riots that erupted after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

He insisted rioters had acted in self-defense, called the police "the people who are attacking us," and said they "might need to get hurt."

On Fox News' "Hannity," Shabazz dismissed rioters' hurling bottles as "just some lightweight bottle-throwing."

Asked by Malzberg about the "lightweight" comment, Shabazz said:

"I called it lightweight because it's lightweight compared to the spine of Freddie Gray being broken. It's lightweight compared to Walter Scott being assassinated and shot in the back [by] America's police force.

"What you're complaining about me saying some words about is nothing in comparison to the dead bodies across America, dead black bodies at the hands of law enforcement," he said.

In the Scott case, a white South Carolina police officer was charged with murder after he was seen shooting a black man running away from him in the back.


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