Petition Closed

We are calling on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, to file Federal Charges against the Leaders of the New Black Panthers for violation of the following federal law: 18 U.S.C. § 2101 : US Code - Section 2101: Riots; 18 USC § 1959 - Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering Activity; 18 USC § 249 - Hate Crimes Act; 18 U.S.C. 2385; and 18 U.S.C. 2389 Recruiting For Services Against The United States

The New Black Panthers, in response to the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and an active or pending investigation, have attempted to create a race riot, promote an overthrow of the American government, and have solicited the death of an American citizen, George Zimmerman. The New Black Panther have:

1) Offered a bounty for George Zimmerman, which suggests that bodily harm or death should come to an American citizen (Mr. Zimmerman) for a fee: (http://news.yahoo.com/black-panthers-offer-reward-george-zimmerman-215400338.html)

Mr. George Zimmerman had not been charged with a crime at the time of the issuing of the initial "bounty", which said "dead alive". Therefore, the New Black Panthers had no legal standing to authorize what would essentially amount to the kidnapping of a citizen under the false pretense of a "citizens arrest".

More importantly, they have no authorization under the law, under any circumstance, to issue a "wanted dead or alive" bounty on an American citizen.

2) Promoted, via social media and other postings, a "race riot": http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/04/08/New-Black-Panthers-Call-For-Race-War-Blood-Shed-Kill-Crackers-For-Trayvon-April-9th-Day-of-Action

The exact wording is that those listening to "the call" should get "suited up, loaded up, armed up, and booted up for the race war."

This speech is likely to provoke an average listener to retaliation, and thereby cause a breach of peace, which falls outside of the protection of the First Amendment because the words have no important role in the marketplace of ideas that the freedom of speech is designed to promote. (see: Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire)

The government can regulate speech that is intended and likely to incite "imminent lawless action," or where the speech presents a "clear and present danger" to the security of the nation. (See: Brandenburg v. Ohio)

3. Knowingly and willfully advocated, advised, or taught the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States

4. Recruited soldiers or sailors within the United States to engage in armed hostility against the same.

U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, is obligated to act NOW to protect the peace of the Nation and to enforce rule of law.

Letter to
U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
President of the United States
Florida Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Department of Justice.

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File Charges Against the New Black Panthers For Violation of Federal Laws

We are calling on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, to file Federal Charges against the Leaders of the New Black Panthers for violation of the following federal law: 18 U.S.C. § 2101 : US Code - Section 2101: Riots; 18 USC § 1959 - Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering Activity; 18 USC § 249 - Hate Crimes Act; 18 U.S.C. 2385; and 18 U.S.C. 2389 Recruiting For Services Against The United States

The New Black Panthers, in response to the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and an active or pending investigation, have attempted to create a race riot, promote an overthrow of the American government, and have solicited the death of an American citizen, George Zimmerman. The New Black Panther have:

1) Offered a bounty for George Zimmerman, which suggests that bodily harm or death should come to an American citizen (Mr. Zimmerman) for a fee: (http://news.yahoo.com/black-panthers-offer-reward-george-zimmerman-215400338.html)

Mr. George Zimmerman had not been charged with a crime at the time of the issuing of the initial "bounty", which said "dead or alive". Therefore, the New Black Panthers had no legal standing to authorize what would essentially amount to the kidnapping of a citizen under the false pretense of a "citizens arrest".

More importantly, they have no authorization under the law, under any circumstance, to issue a "wanted dead or alive" bounty on an American citizen.

2) Promoted, via social media and other postings, a "race riot": http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/04/08/New-Black-Panthers-Call-For-Race-War-Blood-Shed-Kill-Crackers-For-Trayvon-April-9th-Day-of-Action

The exact wording is that those listening to "the call" should get "suited up, loaded up, armed up, and booted up for the race war."

This speech is likely to provoke an average listener to retaliation, and thereby cause a breach of peace, which falls outside of the protection of the First Amendment because the words have no important role in the marketplace of ideas that the freedom of speech is designed to promote. (see: Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire)

The government can regulate speech that is intended and likely to incite "imminent lawless action," or where the speech presents a "clear and present danger" to the security of the nation. (See: Brandenburg v. Ohio)

3. Knowingly and willfully advocated, advised, or taught the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States

4. Recruited soldiers or sailors within the United States to engage in armed hostility against the same.

U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, is obligated to act NOW to protect the peace of the Nation and to enforce rule of law.
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Sincerely,