Saturday, December 31, 2016

Milwaukee Cops Confront Black Panthers at Food Giveaway Event
by thegrio
December 31, 2016 at 10:29 AM

Milwaukee Black Panther group claims that it was harassed by police while running a food giveaway event.

The group, which is associated with the Revolutionary Black Panther Party, claimed that in the altercation with police, one person was arrested and a 10-year-old was elbowed in the mouth.

“Our mission with the Revolutionary Black Panther Party is simple. It’s to help feed, clothe, train, shelter and defend our people,” General Jamal Canon explained. “And we have the right to do that without any interruption, without any harassment, without any terrorism.”

“Because we open carry, it does not mean we are looking for a fight. We are peaceful unless we need to be otherwise,” member Vaun Mayes added. “Weapons were taken illegally. One was returned. The other was held, along with our comrade who was taken on a petty warrant.”

However, Milwaukee police claim that they were responding to someone mishandling a weapon, saying in a statement, “Milwaukee police responded to a subject with a gun call. Officers monitored a group of armed demonstrators and encountered a subject who was unsafely handling a firearm.”

Party members claimed on Wednesday that this was just the “latest act of harassment” by Milwaukee police, but, Canon said, “Our mission will not be deterred by these tactics.”

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