Major news media outlets have failed to report one of the main leaders of the “splinter group” of Baltimore protesters who turned violent is a notorious racist and the former national chairman of the New Black Panther Party, WND has found.
The New York Times, the Associated Press, the New York Daily News, CBS local and other news media outlets all name Malik Shabazz as a leader of the breakaway, chaotic protests. Yet each of these news outlets identify Shabazz only as “president of Black Lawyers for Justice.”
The AP reported: “One of the protest’s organizers, Malik Shabazz, the president of Black Lawyers for Justice, said the crowd exceeded their expectations, adding that protesters’ anger is not surprising.
“‘This is a problem that has not been solved,’ he said. ‘When there’s no justice, they tend to want to take matters into their own hands.’”
CBS Local featured a photo of Shabazz leading protest chants in Baltimore yesterday, with a caption that identified the radical simply as “Attorney Malik Shabazz.”
Later in the article, CBS reported: “Malik Shabazz of Black Lawyers for Justice has demanded the arrest of six officers involved in the arrest of Gray, who died Sunday a week after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody.”
Not a single news media outlet quoted above informed its readers of that which a simple Google search of “Malik Shabazz” reveals. As highlighted on his Wikipedia page, until October 2013, Shabazz notoriously served as the national chairman of the New Black Panther Party.
He claimed Jews engaged in an “African holocaust,” and he has promoted the anti-Semitic urban legend that 4,000 Israelis fled the World Trade Center just prior to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
When Shabazz was denied entry to Canada in May 2008 while trying to speak at a black action event, he blamed Jewish groups and claimed Canada “is run from Israel.”
Canadian officials justified the action stating he has an “anti-Semitic” and “anti-police” record, but some reports blamed what was termed a minor criminal history for the decision to deny him entry.
In 2007, WND reported on a photo that surfaced showing President Obama, then campaigning for president, marching with members of the New Black Panther Party in Selma, Alabama, in March 2007.
The Baltimore riots yesterday centered around the death of Freddie Gray, 25, a black man who died in police custody.
Police acknowledged that Gray should have immediately received medical attention instead of being put inside a police transport van handcuffed and without a seat belt, in violation of the police department’s policy.
According to reports, Gray requested medical help several times, but instead was driven around for at least 30 minutes, with the police making at least three stops before paramedics were called.
On Saturday, about 1,200 mostly-peaceful protesters reportedly gathered at city hall to protest Gray’s death.