JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The New Black Panther Party is offering a reward for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain accused of killing a Sanford teenager.
These are thewords spoken by Mikhail Muhammad, southern regional minister for the New Black Panther Party, at Monday morning's press conference that have many talking about hate speech:
"We investigated and we found out the facts that Trayvon had been assasinated by a wicked, white beast, who today is talking about he's a Hispanic. And so we're not going to go along with that. We don't care 'cause his father's a Jew. He's a no good Jew. To sit before the world, George Zimmerman, and try to justify the brutal assasination and murder of Trayvon Martin, an innocent 17-year-old, and for white America to be upset about the involvement of the New Black Panther Party, so we put this $10,000 bounty reward on the head of George Zimmerman to force the United Snakes, it's thesnakes government, to do their job. And since they don't wanna do their job, we're mobilizing 10,000 men, black men in tri-states of Georgia, Florida and Alabama. We want justice for Trayvon; that's all we came for."
And this is not exclusively a racial matter; the hate extends to African Americans.
"We say to all the cowards in the black community, 'Get out of the damn way' because soon we're going to have to take you out ourselves,'" Muhammad said.
First Coast News asked local NAACP chapter president Isaiah Rumlin his thoughts on Muhammad's news conference. Rumlin said the NAACP wants George Zimmerman arrested but it is not getting involved with the New Black Panther Party.
A picture on the New Black Panther Party's website shows a "wanted" poster with a $10,000 bounty on George Zimmerman. The New Black Panther Party said they want to increase it to $100,000.
In the news conference, Muhammad told reporters, "The heat is on [Zimmerman]. He's never going to be able to sleep peacefully. The family of George Zimmerman must understand, a life for a life, a tooth for a tooth, an eye for an eye. If you kill my damn baby, we're going to kill your damn baby."
First Coast News also spoke with FBI Special Agent Dave Couvertier regarding the threats. He said the FBI is aware of the bounty and the threats, but could not comment further because the investigation is ongoing.
Mark Potok at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights group dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, called the comments from the New Black Panther Party "extremely unhelpful."
"These kinds of statements are exactly what is not called for at this moment. I think what we really need to do is sit back, take a deep breath, and find out what some of the real facts are," Potok said. "They are neither helping to bring justice nor peace."
Newly assigned prosecutor Angela Corey was also a target, with Muhammad calling the state attorney a "no good dog", "not worthy" and "not credible."
"She has destroyed the lives of many black men and women," Muhammad said. "Angela, we don't give a damn about you. You're no good for black people. And we're going to denounce you and condemn you and give you hell all the way to the grave, Angela."
Angela Corey gave First Coast News a statement in response:
"There are hundreds of members of our black community who have been a victim of a crime, or are related to a victim of a crime who could speak to how passionately we care for them."