Thursday, May 23, 2013

Defend General T.A.C.O. and the Black Rider Liberation Party (BRLP)

BRLP: Los Angeles chapter [link]; Oakland chapter [link]
* Defend Jihad Mujahid Muhammad! (BRLP - Oakland chapter) [link]
* Defend Etana and Mecca Shakur! (BRLP - Los Angeles chapter) [link] (update 2014-05-23)

General T.A.C.O. calls for Unity, featuring King Samir and the N.B.P.P.


originally published 2012-09 "African InterCommunal News Service" Vol.4 N.1, official newspaper for the BLACK RIDERS LIBERATION PARTY, New Generation Black Panther Party for Self-Defense []:
For Black youth throughout the US, especially in Watts and South Central LA, Wolverine Shakur, AKA General T.A.C.O. of the militant Black Riders Liberation Party is a leader, a strong father and husband, a bold warrior, a ghetto hero and a down brother. Black people identify with the battle he has fought against the evil forces of white racism and reaction. They identify with this principled revolutionary struggle against the capitalist system that inevitably spells misery, suffering, and genocide for the mass of Black people held captive in Amerikkka. The Black Riders played a pivotal early part in unleashing the new wave of Black militancy that’s been taking place. In 1996, General T.A.C.O. (Taking All Capitalists Out, AKA Wolverine Shakur) came together with other former Bloods and Crips in unity and created the groundwork for the resurrection of the Black Panthers, under the official name Black Riders Liberation Party. We are the new generation, and we consider ourselves to be faster, stronger, smarter and upgraded. They formulated a basic Black Commune program while in YTS prison (calling for many points as in the original 10-point program of the BPP for Self Defense, like full employment, housing, education and an end to police terrorism, and some new points, such as demanding proper medical care for AIDS victims and an immediate end to white capitalist smuggling crack cocaine into the Black community). They were eventually released to the streets and took action. Their first step was an attempt to deal with one of the most immediate and injurious symptoms of oppression – police brutality!
Armed with law booklets, video cameras, camouflage fatigues and Black karate skills, bats, knives and any other legal weapons, they created the Watch-a-Pig program and began to patrol Watts and South Central L.A.’s poor Black community -- monitoring the police, observing arrests and educating brothers and sisters of their armed self-defense rights. Their determined resistance to police terrorism produced a decrease in police harassment in areas they patrolled. Panther Power to the Black Riders!
The increasing influence of the Black Riders in the poor Black neo-colony and our fierce defense of the human rights of our people caused hysterical reactions in the police forces and government. Gov. Schwarzenegger and Brown, LAPD chiefs Bratton the Butcher and Charlie Beck, and buster ass homeland security overseers like Tom Ridge made no secret of their hostility toward the Black Riders. They see our efforts to change brothers’ and sisters’ criminal mentality into a positive revolutionary mentality as a threat to their capitalist system. Black unity has always been seen by pigs and racist politicians as a threat to their control.
In April 2002, our National Spokesman Comrade Bulldog delivered a strong speech in front of San Francisco City Hall and denounced Pres. Bush’s USA PATRIOT Act as racist. In his speech, he urged Blacks to defend themselves and oppose the imperialist so-called War on Terrorism. 45,000 anti-war demonstrators were present. Six months after the speech, Comrade Bulldog was assassinated by a mysterious undercover hit squad. Nobody was ever charged with his execution-style murder, despite appeals by his family to the so-called authorities. He was only 20 years old.
In this paper, it’s impossible to even scratch the surface of the legally sanctioned paramilitary police attacks on the Black Riders Liberation Party. A simple catalog of all the martyrs of the movement, or those wounded or presently incarcerated on trumped-up charges as political prisoners or prisoners of war would take volumes. We will focus here on attacks against one leader of the BRLP, General T.A.C.O.
As General of the Black Riders, T.A.C.O. has delivered many fiery analytical speeches in Black ’hoods (communities) throughout the US and internationally on the Internet on the period in which intense urban rebellions occurred in major cities throughout the nation mainly because of some form of police brutality and oppression. Even though 30 years ago, the government’s own Kerner Commission affirmed that white racism had to be held responsible for the rebellions, General T.A.C.O. was singled out as inciting Black people to revolt. His life has been disrupted by recurring official attempts to silence him forever. Despite many death threats on his life by racist pigs, this “Weapon of Allah (God)” has refused to give up on the new Black Power struggle. He will continue to “bang on the pigs” for life.
In Feb. 1998, LA County sheriff’s deputies from the Lennox station and FBI agents raided General T.A.C.O.’s home. He was arrested for allegedly having a legally registered SKS assault rifle. Even though the charge was dismissed, he spent a year in prison on a parole violation. His wife, comrade Aryana Shakur, also was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer. During the raid, Comrade Aryana was slightly wounded, but recovered quickly. She was released two weeks after the raid.
In January 2000, after a major raid at our headquarters in Watts, General T.A.C.O. and 20 Black Rider warriors marched inside the 108th Precinct at 10:00 PM at night. He was arrested for allegedly assaulting two police officers. The case against him was dismissed after just four days, but he spent six months in prison on a parole violation resulting from the incident. This confrontation left General T.A.C.O. severely wounded, but he emerged out of political imprisonment stronger and put forth a renewed call for the release of all political prisoners of war. If there is no conflict, there will be no progress!
In August 2002, General T.A.C.O.’s home was raided by the Lennox sheriff’s deputies on a search and destroy mission, but he was not home. After a six-hour armed stand-off with the pigs, three comrades were detained for an hour in pig cars. The Party’s chief legal counsel James Simmons was called to the tense scene and forced the pigs to abide by the law during the standoff. Therefore, no bloodshed occurred. Comrade Aryana Shakur was arrested for allegedly possessing an M-1 carbine assault rifle. After a year of legal battles, the case was dismissed.
In August 2003, General T.A.C.O. was arrested for allegedly assaulting a Lennox sheriff’s deputy, after the officer tried to brutalize a 16-year-old comrade. The trumped-up charges were later dismissed. In late August, General T.A.C.O., Minister of Public Relations Aryana Shakur, Chief of Security Nur Bey and Captain Nadia Shakur were all arrested. This clash happened after two white male deputies from the Lennox sheriff’s station jumped out of their car and began to frisk Aryana Shakur. This aggressive search led them to fondle her private parts in clear view of her husband, General T.A.C.O. The officers repeatedly refused to bring a female officer to do the pat down. The trumped up charges this time were inciting a riot, assault on a police officer, and interfering with an officer’s duty. This confrontation also left Capt. Nadia Shakur wounded. All four were released on their own recognizance three days later, and the frame-up charges were drastically reduced to a single misdemeanor. Aryana and Nadia Shakur’s cases were both dismissed by the judge. The police responded with hostility, and stepped up helicopter surveillance and harassment of all Black Riders. We also had to pay an excessive fee for our impounded vehicle.
In February 2004, after helping Daude Sherills successfully organize the 100,000 Man March to call for an end to Black on Black violence between Bloods, Crips, Muslims, and Christians, General T.A.C.O. and four other comrades were arrested, for allegedly possessing two bulletproof vests and a box of 9 MM bullets.
This case was dismissed within three days because of an illegal search and seizure and lack of evidence, because of the criminal tactics the police used to capture us. We are proud that none of these arrests were made due to infiltration or informants snitching inside the organization.
Despite these attacks, the Black Riders began to increase in size, membership and influence, and to spearhead more survival programs to meet the needs and desires of the people. These included the Kourt Watch program with free legal aid, the BOSS Black on Black violence prevention and intervention program, a petition for community control of the police, a Black Power Cultural Mountain boot camp, gang truce football games, the Squeeze the Slumlord project, and free food giveaways to homeless children and adults. The Watch-a-Pig program is still being implemented regularly because it is perfectly legal and necessary. The Black Commune is the vehicle for the ultimate drive-by against the fascist state. We must continue to confront the real enemy, educate the people about the nature of the system, and take the struggle to a higher level.
August, 2007, the FBI, LAPD and sheriff’s deputies launched a military-style raid on Black Riders HQ in the Inland Empire with armored vehicles and two TANKS, with intentions to assassinate General T.A.C.O., but he wasn’t there. He was arrested 3 hours later on traffic violations and held three days before being released.
Nov. 2007, General T.A.C.O., Mecca Shakur and comrade Stress were arrested in separate coordinated raids in northern and southern CA, for allegedly conspiring to possess machine guns, part of a supposed plot – never formally charged – to shoot up four police stations. After a massive campaign to “Free the BR3”, the Black Riders defeated, by a judge’s order, a prosecution attempt to impose a gang injunction and enhancements on the Riders. General T.A.C.O. sacrificed himself to gain his comrades’ release, and he was sent to Corcoran State Prison for 1.5 years. He was released May 12, 2009. In June, the state strapped a GPS tracking device on his ankle.
July 2010, parole officers and police raided Gen. T.A.C.O.’s home. He was arrested for associating with other Black Riders, and told he was being arrested for ordering them to go to support Oscar Grant’s family when killer cop Mehserle was on trial (the day before the verdict was expected). Released after two weeks, he was told he hadn’t violated parole.
Sept. 15, 2011, Gen. T.A.C.O. was arrested again for associating with other Black Riders while driving down Crenshaw. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck issued a memo to the head of the Parole Board in Sacramento to try to stop his release. In the memo, Beck stated that Gen. T.A.C.O.’s “leadership of the party has caused numerous assaults on police officers and is an organized attempt to kill, harass or injure police officers.” Meanwhile Occupy LA, Occupy the Hood and others mobilized to the court to demand T.A.C.O.’s release. Beck’s memo failed because he sent it in too late, and T.A.C.O. was again released, with strict stipulations against political speech and association, shackled with the GPS modern day slave shackle. We consider this racist memo a shocking reminder and exposure, akin to the J. Edgar Hoover memo describing the Black Panther Party as the greatest threat to internal security. We have become racist Amerikkka’s worst nightmare!
The court system in this country is increasingly becoming an important tool of repression on behalf of the exploiters. It’s being used to try to crush the struggle for liberation of peace-loving poor oppressed people, not only to crush the conscious revolutionary, but to attempt to break the rebellious spirit of Black people, Chicano/Mexicanos and Puerto Ricans in general. This foul system of government is designed to oppress, exploit and intimidate all people who are not from the white Anglo-Saxon ruling class. From the violent responses of the police forces, systematic and undoubtedly calculated, it can easily be understood that the Black Riders, as opponents of this rotten system, are victims of an official conspiracy to destroy our leadership and organization. The oppressor must be harassed until his doom! He must have no peace by day or night! Free all political prisoners of war! When the prison doors are opened, the true dragon will fly out!

Video showing pigs raising General T.A.C.O's house

(This letter was delivered to the Panther Elders and the "so-called" committee! Released publicly, May 29th)
Black Riders - New Generation Black Panther Party for Self-Defense!
Revolutionary Greetings,
Black Power! All Power to the People!
I/WE write this letter to all sincere Panther Elders and others. I/WE write this out of sheer respect, loyalty, and love for all that care. I/WE love our people so much, that I/WE are willing to try to explain ourselves, even though it is hard to do so under the extreme restraints based on the Black Riders Liberation Party’s need for security, especially at a politically charged moment like this. We humbly consider ourselves to be the New Generation Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. We never officially got permission to do so from you all but we were sincere in our desire to resurrect and advance our peoples struggle against the racist pigs, Capitalism, and Imperialism. We also set out to do the seemingly impossible task of bringing unity to the Bloods and Crips, the most hostile “gangs” in Amerikkka.
It is impossible in this brief letter to outline our ideology, theory and practice, or protocol on a day to day basis! This letter is also not to rationalize, justify, or excuse away the things you may have heard about me or Black Riders. If you have not heard anything about me or are simply convinced of what you’ve heard and don’t want to listen to what I/WE have to say on the matter, then I/WE respect that too.
If you do care, then please hear me out. I/WE are perfectly willing to talk to any objective sincere Revolutionary Panther Elders or other revolutionary Elders who are convinced about any of my actions, or the party’s. Of course, our organization is shrouded in secrecy because we are no fools when it comes to state repression based on the history of COINTELPRO and the history of counter insurgency on a global historical level. In our 18 year history of operating we have dodged and outmaneuvered the fascist states ability to ever infiltrate us with undercover agents and destroy our operations.
Because of these things we find ourselves, especially me, in a catch twenty-two, or damn if I/WE do or damn if I/WE don’t! If I/WE attempt to explain my side of the story, I/WE might expose myself and other comrades to the pig state and bring total destruction to what I/WE consider to be our strongest revolutionary force in this generation. Of course I/WE understand that many people feel that we can never ever be true Black Panthers. I/WE respect that too, if that is your position. You have the right to think such a thing.
I/WE believe I/WE am a victim of the most advanced COINTELPRO set up in our generation. It’s not just this new rumor campaign either. It’s been like that for years now! I/WE know for many of you this might all be hogwash and I/WE could be just lying to cover up things I/WE or the party has done. I/WE humbly disagree. Inside this package is a COINTELPRO type document (CHECK PIG CHIEF BECK MEMO SENT TO GENERAL T.A.C.O AND LAPD 'S CONVERGENCE STRATEGY ON LAALAA SHAKUR'S FACEBOOK PAGE) issued against me and the Party. I/WE prey to almighty Allah that you soften your hearts and read what has been done to me, my family, and the party. We believe it’s a sheer miracle that we even exist as a organization, or that more of us have not suffered life in prison or have been assassinated by the trigger happy L.A Pigs!
I/WE understand the history of Huey P. Newton’s drug abuse, authoritarianism, and some of the disagreements that former Panthers have with him and his leadership. I am light skinned, but I am not Huey! Also, of course, we do not operate in the same way as the Original Black Panthers either. This may have also led to some confusion and erroneous outlooks about our operations on a day to day level and/or ideology, theory and practice. We are not perfect but we are struggling to get better,
Tell no lies, claim no easy victory!!!!
I/WE respect revolutionary principles, community love, and accountability. I/WE am perfectly willing to talk out whatever contradiction we may have with some people in a NON-ANTAGONISTIC way. We will not stand in front of a kangaroo court by the state or individuals who are bent on my destruction or the party’s, without showing extreme revolutionary contempt. We do not respect UNPRINCIPLED open public critiques or UNPRINCIPLED facebook critics without proof, evidence, or especially dialogue. There is also such a thing as negative criticism and positive criticism. We also must make a distinction. We say we are not guilty but it’s hard to say much of anything when we don’t know the charges!
Also, our party is led by a collective called the Central Committee (that runs based on Democratic Centralism), so to charge me with any heinous crimes against the people, is to discredit and charge our whole entire organization. We refuse to allow any separation between the two! Hence, we define ourselves as I/WE for purposes of clarification in this letter. This is not an attempt to shift blame or responsibility on anyone else either. Also, I/WE would like to say that I am innocent of making any threats (on the committee). If you go to Laalaa Kimani Shakur on facebook and read my “Urgent Message to the movement and My political haters and enemies” you will see my statements were stripped out of context.
I/WE also know that my life is in more danger then ever. SO BE IT. If I am murdered or assassinated while speaking, breaking up a fight, sitting in the passenger seat of my car, or pop up with a brain aneurism, ALLAH (s.w.t)/GOD will be the only one who really knows the truth of my intentions, beliefs and practices as a revolutionary. So I/WE say to those who cast verbal stones or reactionary insults to shrink our base of support at a time when we are suffering massive raids by pigs, labeled a hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center ( and auxiliary federal pig agency) and face political trials in the near future, we will go down fighting the fascist state. We will never make the mistake of turning weapons on the people! I/WE am facing an enormous amount of time in prison in the near future for my political beliefs and actions. I/WE am prepared to go to the bottom of that hell for the rest of my life or until they kill me by hanging. My enemies will smile, yes, but no matter what, slandered, defamed of my revolutionary rank, reputation, practice, demonized by my own, I/WE will still fight back. I/WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP!
As George Jackson said… “This monster- this monster they’ve engendered in me will return to torment it’s maker, form the grave, the pit, the profoundest pit. Hurl me into the next existence, the descent into hell will not turn me. I’ll crawl back to dog his trail for ever. They won’t defeat my revenge, never, NEVER. I’m part of a righteous people, who angers slowly, but rage undamned. We’ll gather at his door in such a number, that the rumbling of our feet will make the earth tremble. I’m going to charge them for this, 28 years without gratification. I’m going to charge them with Reparations with blood. I’m going to charge them like a maddened, wounded rogue male elephant. Ears flared, trunk raised, trumpet blaring. I will do my dance on his chest, and the only thing he will see in my eyes is a dagger to pierce his cruel heart. This is one nigger who is positively displeased. I will never forgive, I will never forget. If I am guilty of anything, it’s not leaning on them hard enough. War without terms.”
Please side with the truth. Love and Revolution,
General T.A.C.O(Taking All Capitalists Out)
Central Committee of the Black Riders Liberation Party
(2014-05-29 note from Laalaa Kimanie Shakur)
General T.A.C.O will soon be coming out publicly to speak on the fake allegations!!

The following document issued 2011-10 from the LAPD shows that the BRLP is a target of the Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau of the LAPD.

Los Angeles Police Department
Charles Beck, Cheif of Police
October 21, 2011
To: Mr. Robert Ambroselli
Director, Adult Parole Operations
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento, Caliornia 94283-0001

Dear Mr. Ambroselli:
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is writing you to express its concerns regarding the parole status of parolee Mischa Culton CDC No. G029455. The LAPD has become aware that Mr. Culton is trying to show that the Black Riders Liberation Party is not a gang and that he should be allowed to associate with its members.
The LAPD has had numerous encounters with members of the Black Riders Liberation Party. They have assaulted our officers, and Mr. Culton's leadership of the Black Riders Liberation Party is not a simple association or exercise of the 1st Amendment, but an organized effort to kill, harass, and/or injure police officers.
The LAPD would like to remind the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that Mr. Culton is on parole status for attempted possession of a machine gun in violation of Penal Code Section 12020(a) P.C. Enclosed are three documents to demonstrate the mentality of this gang and its hostility towards law enforcement.
It is requested that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations maintain Mr. Culton's parole status and prohibit him from associating with the Black Riders Liberation Party or any other gang member as he is recruiting for his violent ideology.
Very truly your,
[signed] Charles Beck, Chief of Police
[signed] Michael P. Downing, Deputy Chief, Commanding Officer, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau

"Policing Terrorism in the United States: The Los Angeles Police Department's Convergence Strategy"
by Michael P. Downing, Deputy Chief and Commanding Officer, Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Los Angeles, California, Police Department
Local law enforcement agencies around the world face an increasingly complex set of problems with the emergence of globally coordinated criminal networks and national security threats. Modern-day criminals have proved themselves to be transnational in reach, linked by sophisticated networks and highly adaptive in their thinking. In response, local police agencies such as the Los Angeles, California, Police Department (LAPD) are developing strategies that are equally adaptive and networked. The linchpin of these strategies is and must remain convergence.
The word convergence is used variously by different disciplines. In this context, the intent is to describe the process of bringing different elements together to achieve a result beneficial to all. As a real-world example, the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain Project ( puts anthropologists and other social scientists alongside combat units in Afghanistan and Iraq to help the military better understand local cultures.
This concept translates well to policing in the context of counterterrorism. To face a relatively new adversary, police have been required to bolster old strengths, such as investigative skills, while acquiring new information, such as specific knowledge of terrorist organizations. These developments are fostered often by collaborative, multidisciplinary environments, which can cast light on the way forward. This article highlights some of the efforts the LAPD has undertaken to achieve a high level of convergence in working to prevent terrorist activities on U.S. soil.
This point is not merely an academic one—it has operational consequences. By getting communities, including those that may be breeding grounds for violent ideologies, to buy into the idea that local agencies are operating in the communities’ best interests, these agencies foster an environment in which tips and leads can come from those same communities, increasing the ability to gather information. Ultimately, it is these communities—aided by law enforcement and other resources—that foster environments hostile to the proliferation of criminality in any form.

Recent LAPD Counterterrorism Cases -
The LAPD created its Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau in 2003. It now has close to 300 officers dedicated to counterterrorism, criminal-intelligence gathering, and community mobilization efforts.
The LAPD Counter-Terrorism Bureau’s mission has four goals:
Prevent terrorism by effectively sharing information aimed at disrupting terrorists’ operational capability and addressing the underlying causes associated with the motivational component
Protect the public and critical infrastructure by leveraging private-sector resources and hardening targets
Pursue terrorists and the criminal enterprises that support them
Prepare the citizenry and the city government for consequences associated with terrorist operations against the city
The LAPD has gained considerable counterterrorism case experience over the past few years. The following cases are but a sample of those that have come onto the LAPD’s counterterrorism investigative radar.
Hezbollah Funding Case: The arrest of a major terrorist funding group by a task force comprising members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the LAPD working alongside the FBI illustrated the interrelation of criminal acts and the funding of terrorism, as well as the increasing global reach of local cases. This group raised money for Hezbollah by selling narcotics. It then laundered a portion of the funds by selling counterfeit products such as clothing and cigarettes in the United States and Latin America.

Black Rider Case: The Black Rider Liberation Party, a spinoff of the Black Panther Party, threatened to take over four police stations in Los Angeles and shoot and kill as many police officers as possible in furtherance of its black separatist and antigovernment agenda. Traditional policing tactics, including surveillance (using both technical and nontechnical methods), source development, search warrants, and the introduction of an informant, resulted in the arrest and prosecution of this domestic terrorist group. Property recovered during the investigation included numerous large-caliber automatic and semiautomatic weapons; a military handbook on intelligence and interrogation; night vision goggles; bulletproof vests; knives; a crossbow; a police scanner; and manuals on police field operations, sniper procedures, and bioterrorism.


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