Bond has been set at $10,000 for a high-ranking member of the New Black Panther Party who is jailed in DeKalb County on a weapons charge, authorities said.
Hashim Nzinga, 49, had a first appearance hearing Tuesday morning after his arrest for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.
Nzinga recently announced on CNN that his group was offering a $10,000 reward for the capture of George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. CNN identified Nzinga as the chief of staff of the New Black Panther Party.
According to a DeKalb arrest warrant, Nzinga was in possession of an FN Herstal 5.7 x 28 handgun, which investigators said he pawned at a shop on Rockbridge Road. That alleged transaction would be illegal due to Nzinga’s convictions last month for felony deposit account fraud in Gwinnett County, the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office said.
The Herstal 5.7 x 28 is a semi-automatic handgun that can hold 20 rounds. It was the same type of gun used by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan in the Fort Hood shootings in which 11 people were killed in November 2009.