Wilmington, NC – Area residents and the Wilmington Police Department are concerned about an armed march planned for Sunday by The Revolutionary Black Panther Party of Wilmington. The illegal “armed human rights march and armed freedom ride” will take place Saturday and Sunday according to their Facebook page. According to Mayor Bill Saffo, the protesters will not be allowed to carry any weapons during the demonstration, per state law. The RBPP has responded and said they will carry them anyways.The RBPP of Wilmington started in a Facebook page on December 25th and began promoting the armed march to end ‘genocide,’ to be hosted at Creekwood Community Center .
According to the group, they are calling for justice in the cases of men that they feel were wrongfully killed by police. “Chief Commander” Alli Muhammad said that the group holds armed marches monthly all over the country and they fully intend on holding one in Wilmington this weekend. Muhammad gives multiple reasons for the march according to a statement to WWAY3. “We have Walter Scott,” Muhammad said. “There are other people who we understand to be victims of genocide. That’s why we are in the state, but particularly dealing with Wilmington, Brandon Smith is one of those particular ones.”