HEARNE - The New Black Panther Party led a protest march in Hearne. The group protested the deadly shooting of an elderly woman by a Hearne police officer.
The crowd chanted, "What do we want? Justice!" as they marched two blocks from the Brookshire Brothers parking lot to the Hearne Police Department.
Police responded to a 911 call about 6:30 Tuesday evening about a lady waving a gun around, outside a home on Pin Oaks Street.
When Officer Stephen Stem arrived, he asked Golden, 93, to “put down the weapon and then ultimately fir(ed) his own sidearm, wounding Miss Golden.”
Multiple witnesses tell us they heard at least five shots. Golden was pronounced dead at St Joseph's Hospital in Bryan before 10:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Quanell X, the leader of the New Black Panther Party's Houston chapter, says they will protest in front of Stem's house if Hearne city officials do not fire him. The City Council is holding a special meeting Saturday to discuss Stem's future. Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez tells News 3 he will recommended the City terminate Stem.
"Give (council members) a chance to do what's right right," Quanell X told the crowd gathered outside the police department.
The calls for justice in the controversial shooting are also creating controversy because the investigation is not complete and because of the group leading those calls. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group, and several other organizations, consider the New Black Panther Party to be a hate group.
Excerpt from splcenter.org
"The New Black Panther Party is a virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers. Founded in Dallas ... the group portrays itself as a militant, modern-day expression of the black power movement (it frequently engages in armed protests of alleged police brutality and the like), but principals of the original Black Panther Party of the 1960s and 1970s— a militant, but non-racist, left-wing organization — have rejected the new Panthers as a "black racist hate group" and contested their hijacking of the Panther name and symbol."