By Carla B.
Members of the new Black Panther Party Olajuwon Ali and Brandon Muhammad have been indicted on weapons charges in federal court for allegedly attempting to make straw purchases of two handguns at the Cabela’s sporting goods store in Hazelwood, Missouri.The indictment outlines how the men purportedly lied on forms submitted during the purchase, claiming to be buying two Hi-Point .45 ACP pistols for themselves when they were actually acting as a straw purchasers for someone else. The indictment doesn’t identify the intended recipient of the handguns.
Citing an anonymous police source, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that a months-long investigation uncovered their plans to acquire weapons, “to do harm to law enforcement and the public.” Yet other news media, including Reuters and ABC, cite their own anonymous sources to report that the FBI arrested Baldwin and Davis for allegedly planning pipe bomb attacks to take place during future Ferguson protests. KMOValso mentions the alleged pipe bomb plot, but its report doesn’t make an explicit connection to the men.
Interestingly, CBS News scrapped its initial story on the arrest — “FBI arrest 2 men for buying explosives near Ferguson.” That headline was later changed to “FBI arrests 2 men on firearms charges near Ferguson” and mentions of explosives were removed from the story. (Briefly, the story included a formal retraction.)
The CBS story was revised yet again early Saturday morning, and it currently cites a “law enforcement source” to corroborate allegations that the duo purchased explosives.
In a statement posted to Facebook, the National Central Committee of the NBPP showed their support for Olajuwon Ali, Brandon Muhammad:
NBPP OFFICIAL STATEMENT: ON OLAJUWON ALI AND BRANDON MUHAMMAD CHARGES AND ARREST
It’s being widely reported via right-wing Internet sources, that allegedly members of the St. Louis chapter of the New Black Panther Party, Olajuwon Ali and Brandon Baldwin were arraigned on Federal charges in the court of US Magistrate Tom Mummert for trying to purchase pipe bombs.
According to our reports this allegation is a complete BOLD FACED LIE and FRAME UP attempt toward the local St. Louis organization and membership, in an effort to stop the organizing capability of the local party, under false pretenses of “Straw Purchases”. Reports direct from the court proceedings reported the charges listed as alleged, ‘ intent to purchase a firearm under fraudulent circumstances
also known as making straw purchases of two handguns,which if proven guilty is a federal crime. Alcohol can also be a straw purchase when,” in most jurisdictions when a person under the legal drinking age requests that a person above the legal age purchase alcohol for the underage person, and the straw purchaser knows or might reasonably assume based on the circumstances that the person is under the legal age.”
This is defined as a firearms purchase where a straw purchaser of a firearm willfully lies about the identity of the ultimate possessor of the gun, and is charged with making false statements.
Also, mortgage loans when straw buyers, in exchange for a cash payment apply for mortgage loans on behalf of other parties; and knew before submission of the application that the loan would not be paid as agreed.
It has not been proven, that Olajuwon Ali ( s/n Davis) or Brandon Muhammad ( s/n Baldwin), had any intent to be deceptive in regards to where the firearm was going or who it was going to. Olajuwon Ali and Brandon Muhammad were reportedly attempting to make a purchase of a legal firearm at a reputable dealership. It is also notable, that Olajuwon Ali, is a member of the Moorish Science Temple of America and defines his Nationality, as a Moorish American.
The allegations that the two were in, ” preparations to destroy the arch by blowing it up as a sign of white racial oppression as well as killing as many cops as they could during the impending unrest in Ferguson after the grand jury decision is announced” we believe is TOTALLY UNFOUNDED, and is against the rules and regulations of the New Black Panther Party.
The New Black Panther Party, does not teach, endorse, or allow its members to commit acts of violence against anyone regardless to the circumstance unless in imminent danger and in Self- Defense.
We do not condone aggression in deed or action! The men accused are innocent until proven guilty, and no matter what must be handled as such- until the facts are presented.
We believe the reports of an alleged confession/s to any illegal action are baseless and have no merit. False reports spreading online or via media, only serve to confuse the issue and heighten an already tense situation in Ferguson, MO.
We make clear the New Black Panther Party, does not condone and distances itself from all illegal actions or acts of terror aimed at coercing individuals through violent means; for political reasons or otherwise!
We defend Olajuwon Ali and Brandon Muhammad’s right to a fair trial; as defined by the Bill of Rights in the sixth amendment of the United States. We say they must be judged by a jury of their peer group and the facts weighed evenly without slant or bias.
If it is true that Olajuwon Ali , or any member of the New Black Panther Party, is guilty of illegal acts and has violated the rules of our Party; he/she will be expelled from our ranks and membership terminated into perpetuity.
We believe that the charges against Olajuwon Ali and Brandon Muhammad to be trumped up and baseless; and believe that the two men will be cleared/vindicated of any alleged wrong doing.
Ali is the chairman of the St. Louis chapter of the New Black Panther Party. Last year he released a video inviting local blacks to join his group. (see below)
He also explains how to become a sovereign person, separate from the corporate structure.
Notices of sealed search warrants suggest federal agents searched three locations during their investigation. Those warrants were not made public and did not identify the person for whom the guns were allegedly being purchased or for what purpose.