The New Black Panther Party has a lot of key differences with the historical Black Panther Party For Self Defense, active in the United States from 1966 until 1982, in spite of their overlapping self-designations. But this is nothing new, even back during the tenure of the historical Black Panthers, there were other groups who went by the same name, at times leading to clashes between the rival groups.
But one key difference between the historical group, founded by law student Huey P. Newton and Professor Bobby Seale, is the use of what the New Black Panther Party calls “proactive violence.” That is, the historical group believed in self-defense, and self-defense only. Various splinter factions within that historical group broke off because of debate about this founding principle of the organization.
But now two members of the New Black Panther Party have been arrested on federal weapons charges after planning to bomb the Gateway Arch, as well as assassinating St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.
The official indictment identifies the two as Brandon Baldwin and Olajuwon Davis. They are accused of having provided fraudulent information to obtain firearms from the Hazelwood, Missouri Cabellas store.
The arrest came on November 20th after months of investigation. The law enforcement sources tell us that the pair were also “actively trying to procure explosive devices.”
We will provide more information and update this article as additional sources get back to us. Stay tuned…