A black nationalist group, Black Community Control of Police, is planning a march demanding the release of the man who allegedly shot six police officers during a 20 hour standoff earlier this week in Philadelphia.
According to the group’s Facebook page, they are holding a march to “Free Maurice Hill”, the man who allegedly shot six Philadelphia police officers, because “Africans have the right to armed defense.”
The flyer for the event continues, “Defend African Resistance! The State Is Their Criminal!”
Worse, the flyer seemingly calls for violence against police, with the text “The police are an occupying military force in the black community and should be met with resistance.”
According to the group’s Facebook page, the state “Sends its armed agents looking for ways to kidnap Blacks with laws that only enforces oppression of Black People”.
They go on to write that the group’s goal is to “the African community the ability to change the look of the police from that of an invading army dressed in ski masks and military gear,” though it is unclear how referring to the Philadelphia police as “an occupying military force” that “should be met with resistance” accomplishes such a goal.
It should be noted that Hill, who allegedly shot six cops, has a lengthy arrest record.
Public records show that he has been arrested about a dozen times since turning 18, and convicted six times on charges that involved illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. He has been in and out of prison; the longest sentence handed him came in 2010, when a federal judge gave him a 55-month term.
And his record indicates he does not like to go to prison. In 2008, he was convicted of escaping, fleeing from police, and resisting arrest. Along the way, he beat criminal charges on everything from kidnapping to attempted murder.
Hill also spent time in federal prison. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations after he was caught with a Smith & Wesson .357 and later a Taurus PT .45 semiautomatic. His prior felony convictions should have barred him from owning those weapons. U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond sentenced him to four years and seven months in prison.
Attention was first brought to the Black Community Control of Police’s planned protest by Jack Posobiec on Twitter.
Posobiec tweeted, “Black liberation group ‘Black Community Control of Police’ to hold a Free Maurice Hill march on Friday in Philadelphia” with the photo from the group’s Facebook page.
Black Community Control of Police’s march is planned for Friday afternoon starting at 6 p.m.
The National File contacted the Philadelphia police commissioner for comment on this planned march and did not receive an immediate response.
National File will follow this story and continue to provide updates.