Minister King Samir Shabazz, an outspoken black supremacist and New Black Panther Party Philadelphia-chapter leader, is sitting in a Mercer County, N.J., jail cell after police arrested him on gun charges—his second gun arrest in a year, reports Philly.com.
Police arrested Shabazz, 42, who was born Maruse Heath, in Trenton, N.J., while serving an outstanding warrant from Atlantic City, N.J., after they discovered a 9 mm handgun, 30 rifle rounds and one armor-piercing bullet in his room in Trenton’s Battle Monument neighborhood, spokesman Lt. Mark Kieffer said, according to Philly.com.
Shabazz faces a gun violation charge and was being held on $100,000 bail, Philly.com reports.
Shabazz’s arrest makes him a probation violator in New York City, since he was arrested there in June 2013 after policed stopped him in Harlem for allegedly wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a loaded, unlicensed handgun.
Shabazz has been arrested at least four times in Philadelphia, according to court records, notes Philly.com.
Two days before his arrest in Trenton, he appeared on the BlogTalkRadio show Afrikkan Supremacy, reports Philly.com.
“Never give up on this g–damn c–cker. Never ease up. Never smooth things out for him,” he said at one point during the three hours he took calls on the show, according to Philly.com. Shabazz also announced that he has an autobiography in the works and planned to start a New Black Panther Party chapter in Charlotte, N.C., this weekend.
Shabazz is notorious for his inflammatory rants on black-power radio shows inciting “c–cker killing,” but he is more widely known for allegedly intimidating voters with a billy club at a North Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008, which provoked a federal investigation, notes Philly.com.
Following that incident, Shabazz and the Philadelphia New Black Panther chapter were suspended by party leaders, then reinstated in 2010 and Shabazz promoted to “national field marshal.”
Malik Zulu Shabazz, president of Black Lawyers for Justice and former national chairman of the New Black Panther Party, wrote on Facebook that he will work to free Shabazz, reports Philly.com.