New Black Panthers rally in Columbia demanding justice

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The New Black Panther Party demanded justice outside Columbia's City Hall Tuesday.

The group wants authorities to classify the murder of 30-year-old Anthony Hill as a hate crime.

According to the Newberry County Sheriff's Office, on June 2, Hill was shot and killed by 19-year-old Gregory Collins.

They say after the shooting, Collins tied Hill's body to a truck and dragged it 10 miles.

The investigation continues and Collins is sitting behind bars without bond.

"We realize as African Americans we have to do something other Americans don't have to do," says Hashim Nzinga of the New Black Panthers. "We have to put pressure on the system to get justice."

The Newberry County Sheriff's Office, along with other law enforcement agencies will hold a community meeting Thursday to address residents' concerns regarding the incident.

Another twist to the story; the original Black Panther Party is denouncing the group that held Tuesday's rally.

The Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation released a statement saying the New Black Panther Party has no connection to its party and it condemns the use of the Black Panther name.

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