A member of the Tampa New Black Panthers was recently robbed at gunpoint and he revealed that the experience changed his view of police.
Muhammad, formerly known as Clarence Jones before taking the name of the Muslim prophet and slave owner of blacks, is the leader of the Tampa chapter of the NBPP. However, that didn’t stop him from being robbed by one of the black lives he says matters.
“I was approached by a young black male who just came up to me and said, ‘Give me your earrings and your backpack,’” Muhammad told Fox 32, “He took everything I had. At the time, he didn’t take my cell phone, and that’s what made me call 911.”
Muhammad also detailed following his assailant — later identified as 18-year-old Antwan Robertson — and recounted the terror his next, several victims experienced.
“One lady, she was in tears. She said she couldn’t believe it. He had the gun in her mouth,” said Muhammad, who came in contact with the women after they ran from the suspect.
Authorities eventually arrested Robertson, for which Muhammad “congratulated the police.”
“Police can be hostile and very belligerent. Friday night, I met some officers who [were] about business, and that was getting a bad guy off the street,” said Muhammad. “To just go out late at night and throw your life away, robbing people, that’s hurting. 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.”
Not only does Muhammad have a new outlook on the police, he is changing his focus to more critical issues affecting the black community. He has vowed to focus on building healthy relationships between law enforcement and the black community, rather than refusing to speak with police and demanding a salary just because he is black.
Robertson is believed to be homeless, according to the police report. He is currently being held in the Hillsborough County Jail on a $62,500 bond and is facing multiple charges, including three counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm, and possession of drugs.