On Wednesday, a group of Black Panthers armed with shotguns, hunting rifles and AR-15 style weapons, marched on the Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas, MyFox Houston reported. An article at Breitbart.com added a bit more information, however. According to Breitbart, the activists advocated armed revolution while chanting slogans calling for the death of police officers.
“The revolution is on,” they chanted. “Off the pigs,” and “Oink Oink… Bang Bang” could also be clearly heard in the video posted by Breitbart.com. Neither MyFox Houston nor the Houston Chronicle mentioned the violent chants or calls for revolution.
Breitbart’s Bob Price said about 15 members of the New Black Panther Party participated in the military-style protest, although the Houston Chronicle put the number at 25. At the request of Waller County Sheriff R. Glenn Smith, Harris County provided some 75 deputies, including 10 horse-mounted crowd-control deputies and approximately 30 crowd-control deputies equipped with riot gear.
Protesters marched in the street in front of the jail, chanting “Whose streets?… Our streets!” Breitbart posted a partial transcript detailing the chants they used.
“The revolution is on,” said the leader. “Off the pigs,” others said in response. The chanting continued in that vein: “Time to pick up the gun… Off the pigs. No more pigs in my community… Off the pigs. No more brothers in jail… Off the pigs. No more sisters in jail… Off the pigs. The pigs are gonna get scared… Off the pigs. The pigs are gonna get dead… Off the pigs.”
“We want our (expletive deleted) freedom,” the leaders said. “We don’t want no more of your (expletive deleted) legislation.” The leader also attacked Planned Parenthood, Price said. “We’re so stupid we are killing ourselves,” the unnamed leader said.
According to the Chronicle, there were no arrests and no violence. Major Darryl Coleman of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department weighed in on the day’s events.
“We came here to maintain the peace,” he told Breitbart Texas. “Our job was to protect the law abiding protesters, the Waller County deputies and Waller County property. It looks like we did our jobs well.”
“We had available resources and deputies who are highly trained and well-equipped for these types of events,” he added. “We were happy to assist.”
This isn’t the first controversial protest to take place at the jail. Another video taken by Breitbart showed a Sandra Bland protester declaring that all white people must die. On Sunday, protesters stormed the jail’s lobby and had to be forcibly removed. Two elderly people were injured in that incident.
The 28-year-old Bland was found hanged in her Waller County Jail cell on July 13, three days after being arrested by a state trooper. The arrest took place after an altercation during a traffic stop and has become something of a battle cry for groups like the New Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter.