We are learning more about Wednesday’s New Black Panther protest in front of Baton Rouge police headquarters. Police now believe one of the Black Panther protestors had a stun gun and may have tasered a police officer causing him to fall to the ground. Police released a picture of a Black Panther holding a stun gun during the protest.
There is also evidence a production crew was hired to tape the protest as several of the Black Panthers arrested had microphones on them.
One of the protestors at the event, civil rights leader and Black Panther supporter Ron Ceasar told me by phone on Thursday he expects a civil war between Black Panthers and law enforcement in the coming days. Ceasar says Baton Rouge PD has pissed of the Black Panthers and hundreds will be coming to Baton Rouge soon and will bring violence.
Click on the video below to hear Ceasar’s chilling words.
Of the seven Black Panthers arrested Wednesday five are from out of town and the home of the other two were not specified on arrest records. If Mr. Ceasar’s prediction of more Black Panthers coming to Baton Rouge is true, and that’s a big if, you would expect Baton Rouge PD to take every precaution necessary to prevent violence. Ceasar also told me the family of Alton Sterling requested that the Black Panthers keep their guns in the trunk of their vehicles during Wednesday’s protest. It’s well known the Black Panthers carry guns in states that allow it.
Dan Fagan is a former television news reporter, journalism professor, newspaper columnist, and radio talk show host. He grew up in New Orleans and currently lives there. He is a regular contributor for The Hayride. If you have a news tip for Mr. Fagan you can reach him at [email protected] or 504-458-2542.