As final arguments in Ahmaud Arbery’s trial in Brunswick, Ga. Continue Monday, Black Lives Matter and New Black Panther Party protesters gathered outside the Glynn County courthouse.
By going to court, Defense attorney for William “Roddie” Bryan, Kevin Gough said Black Lives Matter and Black Panthers protesters were outside the courthouse with semi-automatic weapons. He said that was one reason the court asked to quash the trial.
In addition to banners showing Ahmaud Arbery’s face, the group also has black and white coffins with mannequins inside that bear the names of black men killed by police, such as George Floyd and Trayvon Martin.
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Here is what is happening at the trial:
Why are Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers in Georgia?
A protest was held with various Black Lives Matter groups, the New Black Panther Party and supporters of the Arbery family. Among the crowd were four people from the Original Black Panther Militia of Richmond, Virginia. The group, who came down to show support for Ahmaud Arbery’s family, arrived around 11 a.m. and were planning to leave tonight.
“We have watched what is happening every day,” said Malik Rafa. “It is obvious that they are guilty. There was no reason for them to kill him.
Rafa said he was upset by Kevin Gough’s comments in the courtroom, saying the protesters had assault rifles and a coffin with the accused’s name on it. The coffin contained a black mannequin covered with the names of blacks killed by police. The casket was also adorned with their names and contained a video of someone jogging.
“We are just here to support the family. Yes, there was a coffin here, but that had nothing to do with the case. He does this every day, trying to get his trial overturned, ”Rafa said, before referring to Gough’s comments on black pastors.
“The jury doesn’t even know we’re here. So what happens here shouldn’t affect what happens there. All we do is fight for justice.
Who are the Black Panthers?
The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was formed by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland in 1966. It was founded to monitor police violence in black communities, a seemingly intractable problem that Black Lives Matter and other groups continue. to organize today.
The Panthers were born out of the generally pacifist civil rights movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was part of an African-American culture of self-discovery and self-determination that flourished in many parts of the country. at the time.
What is the new Black Panther party?
The NBPP was founded in 1989 and is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other oversight organizations.
The group is in no way affiliated with the original Black Panthers of the 1960s. Members of the original Panthers have challenged the misuse of their name in both public statements and legal actions.
Bobby Seale, the original founding member of the Panthers, has publicly disowned the NBPP, founded by Malik Shabazz as a “black racist hate group”.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Shabazz is a “racist black nationalist with a long, well-documented history of violently anti-Semitic remarks and accusations about the inherent evil of whites.”
Shabazz believes the NBPP is “not much different” from the original Panthers.
“False information has been spread here that this is some sort of hate or anti-Semitic group, and it really isn’t,” he added. Shabazz told the Indianapolis Star. “It’s just a powerful black advocacy group very similar to their predecessors.”
Are the Black Panthers armed in Brunswick?
Some of the members of the New Black Panthers Party were seen carrying guns during the protest outside the Glynn County Courthouse.
What are the protest rules in Georgia?
The bill, sponsored by State Senator Randy Robertson, R-Cataula, contains several proposals to punish vandalism and violence at protests such as those seen last summer in response to high-profile fatal shootings by police.
He seeks to “examine and redefine what peaceful gatherings were,” Robertson said, making it a felony with fines and jail time for committing acts of violence in gatherings of seven or more people, blocking a highway or a road and degrade public structures such as monuments and cemeteries.
It would also hold city and county governments accountable in civilian court for interfering with the enforcement of a police department’s protests, demand permits for protests and rallies, prevent local officials from slashing city budgets. police by 30% or more in a year and would provide protections to volunteer groups as “neighborhood watches” to help police enforce protests.
The Georgian Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers argued that the bill could give legal cover to vigilante groups and militia groups like the Proud Boys to intervene in protests with weapons, threats and violence. , as seen in recent protests including the fatal “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.