If a crime involving death warrants charges being levied against a neighborhood watch volunteer, shouldn’t an ad advocating a bounty on a person’s head warrant charges too? On Wednesday, Fox News announced that charges would be forthcoming in the George Zimmerman shooting of Trayvon Martin, and NBC, who aired an erroneous edited version of the Zimmerman 911 tape, announced that the charges would be announced by the Florida special prosecutor, Angela Corey, around 6 p.m.
But all news agencies are silent about whether the New Black Panthers, who put a price on Zimmerman’s head, would face any charges for that action.
If Florida hopes to maintain some sort of peace between the activists on both sides of this controversial issue, they have to address the dangers of allowing rogue organizations to nationally advertise putting a bounty on the head of another person—and they should do it under the current hate laws, as racism appears to be driving many in this particular crime involving a man of mixed race and one of the black race.
According to WCTV, George Zimmerman’s parents want the New Black Panthers held legally responsible, as well as arrested, for placing a bounty on their son’s life. And the NPR stated that Mikhail Muhammad, one of the New Black Panther Party members said the bounty of $10,000 on Zimmerman amounted to “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
Vigilantism is against the law in America, as is a hate crime. The U.S. Justice Department cannot look the other way regarding a crime that could have resulted in the death of another, just as Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey cannot withhold charges if warranted in the death of another.