Mayor Bloomberg Outraged When Asked About New Black Panther Zimmerman Bounty

By Edwin Mora | April 11, 2012 | 5:20pm EDT

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg testifies before a joint legislative budget hearing on local government in Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

( - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was outraged by a reporter asking about the $10,000 bounty that the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) has put out on George Zimmerman.

Bloomberg first claimed that he had no knowledge of the bounty, but eventually condemned it.

Michelle Fields from The Daily Caller asked, “A member of the Black Panther Party is offering a $10,000 reward for Zimmerman [interrupted] Do you feel that maybe some individuals are treating Zimmerman really unfairly?”

“Anybody that puts a bounty on somebody else’s life is acting totally inappropriately and I’m sure it’s illegal. It must be illegal,” responded Bloomberg during an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “What an outrage to even ask the question. What do you think?”

The reporter then said, “I don’t see you outspoken about that.”

“I didn’t even know about it until you just told me,” replied Bloomberg. “Thank you very much. I appreciate the information. Now, I’ve said my piece, okay? It is an outrage, and it’s against the law.”

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During the event, Bloomberg, joined by leaders of national African-American groups, announced the “Second Chance on Shoot First” campaign aimed against a law in Florida and elsewhere in the country that allows individuals to use lethal force whenever they feel threatened, commonly known as the “Shoot First” law.

Bloomberg said Trayvon Martin is owed a commitment to change those laws. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old man, reportedly shot and killed 17-year-old Martin in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012, claiming it was in self-defense.

According to media accounts, the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) was offering $10,000 for a citizen’s arrest of Zimmerman. The bounty has circulated around social media outlets such as Twitter.

Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating Zimmerman for possible civil rights violations.

However, on March 30, The Washington Times reported that DOJ had no comment on the Zimmerman bounty.

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