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Minister Tony Muhammad Wins $140,000 Settlement
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published July 3, 2008

070308_MuhammadMinister Tony Muhammad could sit back and relax after he won a settlement for $140,000 against the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) after being assaulted in 2005, but he does not appear to be ready for a long vacation. He is gearing up for a lot of community service.

Muhammad is one of the leaders of the 10,000 Man Movement for Peace campaign, and he gave an impressive list of supporters, which includes the NAACP, Brotherhood Crusades, the Urban League, the Nation of Islam, SCLC, Stevie Wonder, The Game, Big Boy (Power 106), and KJLH.

“In over 14 Cities in the county (of Los Angeles), we’re going to ask 10,000 men, we don’t care if they are Black, White or brown, to stand up and help us to reclaim, restore, rebuild, and make our communities a safer place than they are now,” Muhammad said. “Next spring we intend to call all of those men from those cities into the Coliseum with the hope of filling the Coliseum with 100,000 men ready to volunteer to do community work.”

Muhammad points out that a similar movement has been very successful in Philadelphia, and that this movement will be the equivalent to the movements that happened on the east coast.

“We’re going to ask the men, and women, to go back and make the million man march pledge again,” Muhammad said. “We want to revisit that spirit that we had at the million man march because the west coast has not had a movement that’s the equivalent of the movements that’s always going on on the east coast.”

As for the LAPD case, in which Muhammad was beaten by the police, the District Attorney’s office dropped assault charges against Muhammad, which, according to Muhammad, angered many individuals in the police department, particularly the police union.

Muhammad claims victory for not only himself in the case, but for the community and anybody who does activism work.

Muhammad sees racism in the LAPD, but he also points out that he does not view all police officers as being bad.

“I have no ill feelings towards the LAPD as a whole,” Muhammad said. “There are some great officers and many of them are my friends. But when their officers are wrong we’re going to stand up for justice. But we’re not going to put the broad stroke that they are all bad. Just like I wouldn’t want people to think that all Black people are bad, or all brown people are bad, or all White people are bad. Each one of us has our share of people in the community who do their share of wicked things.”

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