Florida Group Blasts Black Panther 'Fatwa' on George Zimmerman
Calling the New Black Panther Party an "Islamist extremist organization," a Florida group on Wednesday condemned the $10,000 bounty that remains on the head of George Zimmerman.
"The New Black Panther Party has issued a fatwa, an Islamist order or command, calling for the unlawful capture (kidnapping) of a citizen who had no outstanding arrest warrant," said the Florida Family Association.
"The NBPP's illegitimate reward offer for a kidnapping is something you see in the Middle East Arabic world, not in America. It should not be tolerated by law enforcement."
Though Zimmerman has already been charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, the NBPP website continues to read: “Members of the New Black Panther Party are offering a $10,000 reward for the 'capture' of George Zimmerman."
With Zimmerman free on bail and under court jurisdiction, the NBPP's bounty appears to violate Florida Statute 777.04, which states:
"A person who solicits another to commit an offense prohibited by law and in the course of such solicitation commands, encourages, hires, or requests another person to engage in specific conduct which would constitute such offense or an attempt to commit such offense commits the offense of criminal solicitation."
David Caton, president of FFA, called the New Black Panther Party "an Islamist extremist organization which operates under the spiritual practices of The Nation of Islam."
The NBPP is currently led by Malik Zulu Shabazz.
While acknowledging that prosecution by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is "highly unlikely," FFA said, "State and local law enforcement officials have the authority to arrest anyone for crimes committed in their Florida jurisdictions."
State Attorney General Pam Bondi's office did not respond to Sunshine State News' request for comment.