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'New' Black Panther leader arrested

4:37 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The leader of the 'New' Black Panther party was arrested Monday and charged with resisting an officer without violence. 

Officers responded to Mikhail Muhammad's residence at 1480 Myrtle Ave. around 2:30 Monday afternoon after a friend of Muhammad's wife alerted the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. 

The unidentified friend of Claudia Lizeth, Muhammad's wife, said Lizbeth was being held against her will by Muhammad and showed text messages to verify according to JSO.

When officers arrived to the house, Muhammad stated, "My wife is fine," according to the arrest report. 

Officers then asked to talk to Lizeth.

According to JSO, when she approached the officers with Muhammad walking behind her, she mouthed the words, "help me."

Muhammad, 50, became angry when officers began talking with Lizeth and left to call his attorney. 

Lizeth told JSO she was afraid of her husband and wanted to leave with her friend, according to the report. 

When officers began to walk into the house to collect Lizeth's belongings, Muhammad walked out of the house "in a very aggressive manner raising his voice," according to JSO.

When officers tried to enter the house Muhammad said "You're not getting anything," and placed his hand across the door to prevent them from entering.

The officer told Muhammad if he didn't move that he would be arrested. Muhammad responded by saying, "Then you're gonna have to arrest me," according to a report. 

Muhammad was handcuffed and placed under arrest.

JSO collected pictures of Lizeth's cell phone text messages. 

Muhammad was booked in Duval County Jail at 3:30 p.m. 

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