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Activist Abdul Aliy Muhammad Charged in Jannie Blackwell Protest

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Activist Abdul-Aliy Muhammad faces fees on seven counts, together with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, over an incident at Metropolis Corridor on Thursday.

Abdul-Aliy Muhammad

Following the controversy surrounding a protest at Metropolis Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s re-election marketing campaign announcement in West Philadelphia on Tuesday evening, an activist has now been criminally charged after disrupting a Council session on Thursday to protest her.

Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, co-founder of the Black and Brown Staff Cooperative, was arraigned early Friday morning on fees of aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime with intent, easy assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and disrupting a gathering.

Muhammad was considered one of roughly 12 members of the BBWC, Philly for REAL Justice, and the Philadelphia Tenants Union who had been at Metropolis Corridor for a deliberate joint press convention to handle what the teams declare is Blackwell’s “complicity within the displacement of numerous Black and Brown residents in her Council district.”

In response to the arrest report filed within the incident, officers say that Muhammad entered a restricted space of the Council chamber round 11 a.m. on Thursday and, after being “again[ed] up … dropped to the bottom, began to screaming [sic] and flop round.” When a deputy sheriff officer tried to choose Muhammad up, the officer was kicked within the abdomen and arms. It subsequently took not less than 5 officers to take away Muhammad, who was “resisting swinging his legs and arms,” from the chamber. After Muhammad was taken into custody, the arrest report says, officers “recovered a small 5″ knife from the offender.”

Muhammad, who makes use of they/them pronouns, denies that that they had a weapon and triggered bodily hurt. “I used to be advised that officers declare I had a five-inch knife and kicked a sheriff’s deputy within the abdomen — none of that is true,” Muhammad advised Philadelphia journal. “I had no weapon on me, and I went by way of steel detectives twice with none issues previous to strolling into Metropolis Council chambers. The police eliminated a less-than-one-inch spear necklace pendant from round my neck whereas I used to be in custody and at the moment are attempting to counsel it was a weapon.”

In footage obtained by Philadelphia journal, activists will be seen getting into and making their means across the again of the chamber. Moments later, Muhammad begins to yell “This assembly is being disrupted.”

Movies of the arrest filmed by reporters from the Philadelphia Tribune and the Philadelphia Inquirer present a fuller view of the incident.

Following the arrest, Muhammad was handled briefly at Hahnemann Hospital for ache and minor accidents. Whereas in custody, Muhammad, who’s Muslim, mentioned they had been refused Halal meals and “handled poorly.”

“The officer serving me wouldn’t verify whether or not or not the meals they had been providing me was Halal,” Muhammad mentioned. “In consequence, I couldn’t eat. Cops had been nasty to me all the time. I felt traumatized.”

By 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Muhammad was launched from police custody. They posted a video updating followers through Fb Dwell on the expertise:

The Sheriff’s Division despatched Philadelphia journal the next assertion:

“Mr. Muhammad was stopped by a Council Sergeant at Arms as he tried to enter a restricted space in Metropolis Council chambers that’s clearly marked as being for Metropolis Council staff solely. He then tried to achieve admittance by way of one other gate that was additionally marked as being for Council workers solely. At this level, deputy sheriffs and members of the Philadelphia Police civil affairs unit intervened and escorted Mr. Muhammad out of Council chambers.

A small knife was recovered from Mr. Muhammad and was taken into proof by Philadelphia Police.

Throughout a battle to subdue and take away Mr. Muhammad, one deputy was kicked within the abdomen and hand by Mr. Muhammad and one other deputy was scraped on the wrist throughout escort.”

Muhammad, a West Philly native, co-founded the BBWC in 2016 after years of protesting racial discrimination and gentrification/displacement points all through the town. Muhammad has obtained nationwide and native recognition for his or her activism and was named considered one of Philadelphia journal’s 100 Most Influential Individuals in 2017.

“I’m asking the District Legal professional’s Workplace to place the entire politics surrounding this case to the facet and examine my shopper’s actions, as direct motion and protest and never assault,” mentioned Marni Snyder, an lawyer representing Muhammad. “There was no assault. They need to view it by way of the lens of justice and the First Modification.”

Muhammad is scheduled to seem at a preliminary listening to on March 11th.

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