For the Dallas New Black Panthers, marching against police violence is nothing new. Officers’ fatal shootings last year of unarmed black men in Missouri, New York and Ohio gave the Dallas group’s leaders a new rallying cry, says the Houston Chronicle, quoting VICE magazine. Meanwhile, in suburban Arlington, Tx., a group of white police watchers carrying guns has been following and filming police officers, says Atlanta Black Star.
In August, the Dallas New Black Panthers formed the Huey P. Newton Gun Club as an umbrella organization for five smaller black or brown groups.After police shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, the club staged an armed march in a predominantly black Dallas neighborhood where police killed James Harper, an unarmed black man, in 2012. Since that march, the group’s membership has grown and donations have poured in, although another march in October drew only a dozen participants, eight of whom had weapons.