The New Black Panther Party Claim the Ku Klux Klan is responsible for decapitation in Jackson, Mississippi
Jackson police found an African-American’s decapitated head on Saturday morning
Later in the afternoon police found a badly burned body with no head
At this time there is nothing showing that the KKK were responsible for the murder
A young African-American man’s head was found on a porch, and a burned headless body was found about a half mile away in Jackson, Mississippi.
While it appears very likely that the head and the corpse are related to the same case, Jackson police are waiting for confirmation. Due to the distance between the head and the burned body police cannot be sure it is the same person until the proper tests are conducted.
Police responded to a call at 9:19 am on Saturday where they found the severed head on the stairs leading to a porch area. At around 4:00 pm, a badly burned body was discovered in a wooded area after a citizen reported it.
The gruesome death began getting more attention after the New Black Panther Party made a post about the death on their Facebook page and claimed that it was related to the Ku Klux Klan. A claim that at this time is unfounded and disputed on social media by people who appear to have known the young man. It was claimed on social media the murder was related to drug, or gang issues.
The group also posted a picture that shows a severed head on porch steps. It is doubtful that the picture is from the scene, although it does match the description given by police gave of the head being found on steps that led to a porch area.
The New Black Panther Party
The National Black Panther Party for Self-Defense has been around since 1989. The group caught national attention after Micah Johnson killed five police officers and wounded nine more in Dallas. It was discovered that Johnson “liked” the group on Facebook and associated with a spin-off New Black Panther Nation for roughly six months in Houston.
The US Commission on Civil Rights refer to the group as a hate group, and the Black Panthers have referred to them as impostors. The NBPP claim they are a “black nationalist organization,” who are dedicated to the “independently governed black nation.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a watchdog group that monitors hate groups, described the group as “virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews, and law enforcement officers.”
“If you are in a prominent position and pushing out propaganda, eventually that will translate to criminal hate violence. The Dallas shooter is the best example,” Mark Potok, the senior fellow at the center told Los Angeles Times.
Members of the original Black Panther Party, a revolutionary civil rights group founded in California in 1966, have been very adamant about having any no connection with the NBPP. The original group has publicly denounced the NBPP for exploiting their name and history.