On Monday, WND said that Malik Zulu Shabazz, the former head of the New Black Panther Party and current head of Black Lawyers for Justice, is seen as one of the leaders spearheading the riots in Baltimore. Aaron Klein cited the New York Times, the Associated Press, the New York Daily News, CBS and other local media outlets. According to Klein, all of the outlets named Shabazz as a leader of the chaotic protests, but only mentioned his affiliation with the Black Lawyers for Justice.
“One of the protest’s organizers, Malik Shabazz, the president of Black Lawyers for Justice, said the crowd exceeded their expectations, adding that protesters’ anger is not surprising,” the AP said. “There, Malik Shabazz, president of Black Lawyers for Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based group that called for the demonstration and advertised it on social media, told the crowd that he would release them in an hour, adding: ‘Shut it down if you want to! Shut it down!’” the New York Times added.
“CBS Local featured a photo of Shabazz leading protest chants in Baltimore yesterday, with a caption that identified the radical simply as ‘Attorney Malik Shabazz,'” Klein said. CBS also said Shabazz “has demanded the arrest of six officers involved in the arrest of (Freddie) Gray, who died Sunday a week after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody.”
None of the reports, Klein said, mentioned his former affiliation with the militant group. A simple Google search, he added, would reveal his past.
Last year, for example, Shabazz called for rebellion if Darren Wilson was not indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. In 2012, he said the New Black Panthers needs to kill in self defense.
“When the white man came here, you should have left him to die,” Shabazz reportedly said in 2007 while protesting the 400-year celebration of the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia. Shabazz also played a role in the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and a video reportedly showed him leading death chants against Wilson.
Klein went on to say that Shabazz was a leader of a “splinter group” the AP said “looted a convenience store and threw tables and chairs through storefront windows, shattering the glass” on Saturday. “One group smashed the window of a department store inside a downtown mall and, at one point, a protester tossed a flaming metal garbage can toward a line of police officers in riot gear as they tried to push back the crowd,” the AP added.
According to CNN, over 15 officers have been injured and two are in the hospital. Over two dozen protesters have been arrested so far.