A member of the New Black Panther member who described himself as ‘very anti-police’ is praising local officers after being robbed at gunpoint in Tampa, FL.
The activist, Ali Muhammad, is well known in the Bay Area for criticizing Tampa Police and calling for police reform, according to Fox 13.
However around 3:00 a.m. on Saturday morning while walking home from a job as a DJ at a club in Ybor City, Muhammad was the victim of an armed robbery. “I was approached by a young black male who just came up to me and said, ‘give me your earrings and your backpack,'” according to Muhammad.
Fortunately, the thief didn’t take his cell phone and he called 911. Within 10 minutes of receiving Muhammad’s call, police flooded the area and apprehended 18-year-old Antwan Robertson after a brief chase.
“Police can be hostile and very belligerent. Friday night, I met some officers who [were] about business, and that was getting a bad guys off the street,” Muhammad said.
He said the incident was another example of black-on-black crime that he and the New Black Panthers advocate an end to, According to Fox 13.
“To just go out late at night and throw your life away, robbing people, that’s hurting,” said Muhammad. “Every black life is valuable right now, especially a black male, and for him to keep going on with the norm, continue with the process of going to jail and ending your life like that, as our boys are doing nowadays, it’s very hurting.”
“I congratulated the police,” Muhammad continued, “I’m very anti-police, but I’m not against police relations and community relations.”