While holding a press conference in some sort of sick way to establish dominance in North Carolina, the Black Panthers decided to come to the county courthouse armed with fully loaded weapons. That didn’t sit so well with Tactical Officers, as they disarmed them and showed them who the REAL bosses are.
This is Trump’s America now, BOY!
The group had all the normal trappings of a press conference as the members stood on the steps of the New Hanover County Courthouse.
They brought a microphone. And, read from talking points.
However, the Black Panther group added a unique — and illegal — element to its press conference: firearms.
WECT 6 reported that the armed vigil was originally an armed march, but was changed after the district attorney’s office declared they would prosecute anyone who was caught possessing firearms in a public space.
While the group was willing to change its march, it appears they didn’t seem to think firearm laws also applied to standing on county property.
WECT’s James Johnson was on the scene when New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office arrived towards the end of the event and seized 10 weapons from the group. Of the 10 weapons, there were 2 revolvers, 5 semi-automatic pistols, and 3 shotguns, all of which were loaded.
Revolutionary Black Panther members fully and peacefully cooperated with police, but the group’s leader, Dr. Alli Muhammad, claimed they were unfairly targeted. He told Time Warner Cable News:
“The actions of the Wilmington Police Department and the police chief are in essence a violation of the U.S. Constitution and our constitutional rights as well as our civil rights.”