Teachable moment: ‘Very anti-police’ black activist robbed at gunpoint
A black activist named Muhammad in the Tampa Bay area has a real opportunity for personal growth. As Fox 13 News put it:
A black rights advocate, often critical of Tampa police relations, was assisted by officers early Saturday morning after being robbed at gunpoint in Ybor City.
Ali Muhammad is well known in the Bay Area community for calling attention to the need for police reform during the selection process of the police citizens review board. He also wants to put an end to black crime, encouraging community members to come forward after several deadly shootings.
Muhammad became the victim of a black-on-black crime after a night of working as a DJ at a club in Ybor City. While walking down 8th Avenue around 3 a.m., Muhammad was robbed at gunpoint.
"I was approached by a young black male who just came up to me and said, 'Give me your earrings and your backpack,'" recalled Muhammad. "He took everything I had. At the time, he didn't take my cell phone, and that's what made me call 911."
Muhammad followed the suspect down the street from a distance, until he was advised to stop by 911 dispatchers.
Along the way, suspect robbed two other women at gunpoint, according to the police report.
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The police handled the incident with professionalism and caught the suspect after sending several officers to the site within ten minutes. Muhammad got the loot back.
"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.
He said his misfortune is an example of the black-on-black crime he and the New Black Panthers advocate against in the black community.
"To just go out late at night and throw your life away, robbing people, that's hurting," he continued. "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."
Muhammad said the traumatic experience that ended without anyone injured is also an example of why police and the community must be able to come together for a greater good.
"I congratulated the police," said Muhammad, "I'm very anti-police, but I'm not against police relations and community relations."
He’s still “very anti-police,” as if you can have good “police relations” while being “anti-police.” His words show more human feeling toward the perp, who is throwing his life away, than for the officers who righted the injustice at risk of their lives. He's still taking sides against them.
Hat tip: TheBlaze