Black Panthers at Duke Demand Guilty Verdict & Nothing Less!
Malik Z. Shabazz says he will not be be satisfied until the Duke players are prosecuted and found guilty,
WRAL VIDEO HERE
The Black Panthers say if they don’t get their justice there will be no peace in the Durham community.
Malik Z. Shabazz, center, national chairman for the New Black Panther Party, speaks with the media during Monday’s rally. (Megan Morr)
Duke University is reporting:
“We have not come to play the race card,” Shabazz told members of the media, who outnumbered his New Black Panther Party contingent, as the 10:30 a.m. demonstration began. “Racism existed before we got here. Racism existed at Duke University long before we got here.”
Shabazz unveiled eight demands by the group, which included the “vigorous” investigation and prosecution of the alleged sexual assault that occurred during the party held by Duke men’s lacrosse players, the expulsion of all Duke students involved and an end to “private” meetings between Duke President Richard H. Brodhead, North Carolina Central University Chancellor James H. Ammons and Durham Mayor William Bell.
Nearly 60 members of the Durham community, including university employees, students and faculty, strained to hear the speeches over the din created by two TV station helicopters hovering overhead.
After the speeches were completed, Shabazz requested permission to march onto campus. Robert Dean, director of the Duke University Police Department, citing a prior agreement that the demonstration would not enter campus property and the desire of the university to avoid disruption during the start of the exam period for students, denied that request.
Shabazz and his followers then marched along Duke University Road, across campus on Anderson Street and up Hillsborough Road and Markham Street to the house at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd.
The New Black Panthers gathered outside the main entrance to Duke. (News 14)
The mother of the accuser said the family had not invited the Panthers to Durham:
Shabazz said the community has eight demands, among them a trial and conviction for the defendants in the case and that the indicted students and other involved should be expelled.
The accuser’s mother in the case told WRAL that family members did not ask the group to come to Durham, and they don’t want their help. Some allege the New Black Panthers Party is a separatist group and it is in the area to take advantage of the situation.