What the militant group is calling a “pre march vigil” will take place at Oakridge Trailer Park at 7 p.m. where murder suspect Gregory Collins lived on June 2 at the location where he shot and killed Anthony Hill. Collins then drug the 30-year-old black man 11 miles.
The march is still scheduled for Saturday with the gathering starting at 3 p.m. at Wise Street Park. The march begins at 5 p.m. and will go from Wise Street down Johnstone Street to College Street and the Courthouse.
Also the group released seven “demands for justice for Anthony Hill and black people in South Carolina.”
The demands are reportedly being delivered to Governor Mark Sanford, state legislators, congress members, Newberry County officials, law enforcement, prosecutors and Newberry Mayor Ed Kyzer.
“Collins has been arrested, but yet to be indicted or charged with a hate crime, even though the Black Lawyers for Justice and the New Black Panther Party claims that their investigation has uncovered that white supremacist flags and dozens of high powered guns were found in Collins’ trailer and racist tattoos were found on his body, according to their sources,” said New Black Panthers leader Malik Shabaz.
However, Collins has been arrested and is being held without bond. He faces the state murder charge, which carries a sentence of death or life in prison. There are no hate crimes in state law but the federal government can charge him with a hate crime in addition to the state charges.
The demands of the group are:
• Justice for Anthony HIll
• For federal hate crimes to be brought.
• A defense against white supremacist violence.
• Justice for black residents in the state.
• An end to police harassment and racial profiling in the state.
• Self-improvement in the black community.
• Reparations and compensation for 400 years of slavery, Jim Crow, legalized segregation and suffering by the colony and state.