While the details of his reported arrest are still unclear, Samir Shabazz was previously arrested in June 2013 in New York for carrying a loaded, unlicensed firearm and illegally wearing body armor.
In an online radio interview on June 17, Shabazz, whose former name is Maruse Heath, announced that on July 5 he would be speaking in Charlotte, North Carolina, and that he intends to start a Charlotte chapter of the NBPP.
In the same interview, Shabazz ranted about the “damn lying bastard, the white man,” stating, “I don’t plan on committing no damn suicide. Damn it, I’m preparing for some homicide, on my enemy."
Such violent rhetoric is nothing new for Shabazz, who publicly stated that NBPP members should press their uniforms so the crease could “cut that cracker’s throat in half and watch his head roll down the street.”
In an August 2012 NBPP online radio broadcast, he went on a vicious tirade describing white nurseries and churches as legitimate targets for bombing stating “You’re going to have to go into the God damn nursery and just throw a damn bomb in the damn nursery and just kill everything white in sight that ain’t right,” and “Well we gonna throw a bomb in that God damn church, burn up the cracker, burn up the cracker Jesus, and burn up some cracker white supremacy.”
In 2009, Shabazz was implicated in a U.S. Department of Justice suit after a voter intimidation incident while he was head of the NBPP’s Philadelphia chapter. Additionally, he was arrested and released in 2008 for disorderly conduct after he and others interrupted a rally in Atlantic City.