In the aftermath of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a group of black demonstrators in Texas decided to protest police brutality by obeying the law.
Members of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club — named after the founder of the original Black Panther Party — marched in Dallas on Wednesday “to promote self-defense and community policing in response to recent police shootings,” according to the Dallas Morning News.
The black-clad protesters, many of them armed with rifles, took part in what was essentially an open-carry rally — it’s legal in Texas to carry a shotgun or rifle.
With police looking on — standard protocol — the march began with a series of militant-style chants, to include: “Justice for Michael Brown!” and “Black power!”
According to the group’s website, police in the Dallas area “have murdered over 70 unarmed individuals, most of the black and brown men, over the last ten years.” No documentation is provided to support the claim.
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Along with a list of demands, the website states: “Black and Brown residents of the City of Dallas will conduct the first of an ongoing and necessary armed self defense patrols through our communities in the coming week.”
Huey Freeman, one of the march organizers, told the Morning News: “We think that all black people have the right to self-defense and self-determination. We believe that we can police ourselves and bring security to our own communities.”
A supporter broadcast the groups transparent attempts at fear and intimidation via Twitter, prompting plenty of supportive responses:
Armed Self Patrol to prevent further #policebrutality in south Dallas going on now #blackopencarry pic.twitter.com/oZ4EhQYa0y
— Terrance Omar (@TerranceOmar) August 20, 2014
@GlobalRevLive @OpFerguson @TerranceOmar i love the second amendment! B careful guys, them crackers still out there
— Antonio Delima (@delima_antonio) August 21, 2014
@TerranceOmar the people have had enough. This is what happens when local law enforcement doesn’t check itself — DuhWoods (@VJWoods) August 21, 2014
@TerranceOmar @MexicAnarchist Go black panthers! We need more! — ⒶCommu J. Kittehh☭ (@Commukittehh) August 21, 2014
@TerranceOmar As African Americans nourish their revolutionary consciousness, they will take back their community and their reality.
— Don Ghetto Jackson (@WavyCA) August 21, 2014
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