$10,000 Bounty for "Capture" of George Zimmerman

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The New Black Panther Party is offering $10,000 for the "capture" of the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that New Black Panther leader Mikhail Muhammad announced the bounty on George Zimmerman's head during a rally over the weekend in Sanford, Florida, where the shooting happened last month.

"If the government won't do the job, we'll do it," Muhammad said, referring to the failure thus far of police to arrest Zimmerman.

Sanford Police Captain Robert O'Connor is asking that people ignore the offer.

"The City is requesting calm heads and no vigilante justice," he said in a statement. "Attempts by civilians to take any person into custody may result in criminal charges or unnecessary violence."

The New Black Panther Party should not be confused with the Black Panther Party, which was active during the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s. The Southern Poverty Law Center said the original party has rejected the new group.

The SPLC described the New Black Panther Party as is "a virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers."