Large crowd expected for New Black Panther rally
Fri, 16 Jul 2010 17:57:52 GMT —
NEWBERRY (WACH) -- The New Black Panther Party is planning to rally in Newberry Saturday in response to the murder of a man who was later dragged behind a truck for several miles..
Officials are expecting a large turnout and they're concerned about crowd control.
The group says they expect thousands of people to show up at the march.
The New Black Panthers say the murder and dragging of 30-year-old Anthony Hill, a black man, is an obvious hate crime. They've been demanding justice since the incident occurred in early June.
A suspect, 19-year-old Gregory Collins, was put behind bars without bond just hours after the murder.
Authorities continue their investigation, but say it's unclear as to whether it was a hate crime.
Check back later for a reaction from residents and officials on the planned rally.
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