Armed female Black Panther leads her comrades including a white recruit on a march through Georgia
- New Black Panthers were spotted at Black Lives Matter protests in Georgia
- The were seen carrying guns while marching arm-in-arm with protesters
- The New Black Panthers were seen at protests in Atlanta and Decatur this week
- They were peaceful and talked about ‘love and respect’ during the marches
Earlier in the week, many of the same people were spotted carrying guns at a protest in Decatur, Georgia.
There, on June 3, they also marched arm-in-arm alongside protesters and addressed the crowd as part of their efforts to protect the rights of the demonstrators, according to Decaturish.
The organization – founded in 1989 and distinct from the original Black Panthers – has engaged in armed protests against alleged police brutality, but its Atlanta chapter did not have a hand in organizing this particular grassroots protest, which was put together by a Georgia State University student.
Decaturish reported that protesters at the march had expressed concern about their presence.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League have both categorized the New Black Panthers as a hate group.