Controversy surrounds New Black Panther protester

FERGUSON, Mo. - With growing concerns and calls for peace in Ferguson, one man who says he is here for peace, is being asked to leave.

People claim Malik Shabazz has become a polarizing figure and Mike Brown's family claims Shabazz has hijacked their son's memory. Shabazz claims to be a member of the New Black Panthers that are working together with the nation of Islam to keep the peace.

Shabazz negotiated with police Tuesday night to allow people to gather in prayer saying he would send everyone home after. Police agreed but then no one left. Officers claim some people showed up with water bottles and urine which protesters threw at police after the prayer.

Some local ministers support Shabazz while others say he's speaking out of both sides of his mouth. Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson and B.T. Rice with the Clergy Coalition also support Shabazz.

Other ministers call Shabazz an instigator and and say they are tired of his "secret agenda."

"I'm doing nothing wrong out here," Shabazz said. "I've saved lives since I've been out here."

The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center say he's part of an organized anti-Semitic racist black militant group.

"That's a terrible lie. That's a terrible lie," Shabazz said.

Shabazz insists he is a man of peace.


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