Two black panthers blocking and intimidating voters
After the arrests, Michaels and Muhammad issued a citywide call to action, requesting that black men come armed to the next school board meeting. In the wake of the horrific murder, Khalid Muhammad led a group of armed NBPP members to Jasper, where members confronted a group of Klansmen who rallied in the town.They followed this up with a press conference at a Dallas mall where members of the Nation of Islam acted as security. About 50 Panthers, a dozen of whom carried rifles and shotguns, faced off against about 20 Klan members.
Some of Peavy’s phone conversations, where he frequently used the N-word to describe a number of individuals, including students, were leaked, and Peavy was forced to step down. It might make someone upset.” On June 7, 1998, James Byrd Jr., was murdered in Jasper, Texas, by three white men who chained the black man to the back of a truck and dragged him to death.
The NBPP has no connection to the original Black Panther Party, whose members have heavily criticized the group.
An open letter first referenced in 2007 from the Dr. Newton Foundation, which is run by members of the original Black Panther Party, calls the NBPP a hateful and unconstructive group.
After the shooting, Bess was jumped and disarmed by members of the audience, was arrested and received a sentence of 15 years to life.
Once he was released from the hospital, Muhammad spoke at Emmanuel Evangelistic Temple, where he alleged that more shooters were involved despite the Riverside police stating that they found no proof to validate his theory.