Mauricelm-Lei Millere, an advisor to the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), is using social media to call for the death of the police officer who shot Michael Brown and for violence against white people in general, inflaming the already tense situation in Ferguson, Missouri.
On September 15, Millere, who is currently in Ferguson, posted an image of Officer Darren Wilson on Facebook and wrote, “When you find Darren Wilson you know what to do! Whoever finds him knows what must be done! Take everything that he took from Mike Brown.”
The day before, Millere posted on Facebook that Wilson is “wanted Dead or Alive!” echoing calls made by the NBPP, the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist Black militant group in the country, for the “dead or alive” capture of George Zimmerman, the man who, in February 2012, shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
Millere also called for violence against Martin Baker, an African-American congressional candidate who publicly supported due process for Darren Wilson. On September 11, Millere wrote that Baker “must be caught, beat, drug, and whipped to the point of seeing the light for supporting white racist murderer Darren Wilson…We must physically beat this jiggaboo...” Later that day, Millere commented on his post, which included a photo of Baker: “Get a good look at this a**h**e. Find him, detain him, beat him, and await further instructions.”
In these Facebook posts, Millere lists his affiliation as being with the African American Defense League (AADL), an organization Millere started on September 10, which unabashedly promotes violence against white people.
On September 11, Millere wrote via the AADL’s Facebook profile, “The whiteman wants your blood! How many of us has he killed and enslaved? Trillions!...We need the action that makes them pay attention. An eye for an eye philosophy! Arm yourself in Ferguson, Missouri and across America! A life for a life!” He continued, “Also, we must go to their comfortable neighborhoods and raid those stores. It is time to LOOT & BURN those stores…” The post’s image depicts a man holding a rifle.
Millere changed the AADL’s Facebook profile picture to a photo of a handgun on September 10 and wrote “Shoot 1st.” Millere subsequently updated the AADL’s cover photo to a gun, and commented on the photo that, “There comes a time when one must do what is necessary beyond cost. Dr. Mauricelm-Lei Millere.”
Additionally,Malik Zulu Shabazz, the former NBPP leader and current leader of the Black Lawyers for Justice who has a long history of anti-Semitism and racism, appears to be involved with the AADL. On September 13, Millere posted that Shabazz is a board member of AADL and Shabazz responded positively, saying that the he came up with the name and concept behind AADL but that he gave it to Millere. On September 14, Shabazz posted the following on AADL’s Facebook page: “Much success to the African American Defense League—The AADL. We need a broad based organization that will organize to defend our hunan [sic] rights.”
While media reports sometimes call Millere an NBPP “leader” and Millere describes himself as a “Lead Advisor at Black Riders Liberation Party, Lead Advisor and Liason [sic] at Black Panther Party and Lead Advisor and Liason [sic] at New Black Panther Party,” it is not clear exactly what role he plays with the NBPP. In September 2011, Millere and Shabazz appeared together at an event in Columbus, Ohio, and in October 2010, Millere appears to have organized an event for the “Arkansas New Black Panther Party” in Little Rock.