The shooting death of a 93-year old Hearne woman continues to draw reactions. Over 100 people attended a vigil last (Wednesday) night to remember Pearlie Golden.
Hearne Police Officer Stpehn Stern responded to a call early Tuesday evening, about an elderly woman waving a firearm. Officer Stern then ordered her to put down the gun. She reportedly didn’t comply and Stern shot Golden to death.
The case has been referred to the Robertson County District Attorney’s office.
Now, Houston area activist Quanell X and the ‘New Black Panthers’ are getting involved. The militant group and its leader are coming to protest the shooting in a ‘March for Peace and Justice.’
The additional attention is not completely welcome. The Southern Poverty Law Center warns that the New Black Panthers are not the same group from the 1960s and 70s. The SPLC says while the group from 60s was militant and left wing, they were not racist. The Center calls the New Black Panthers racist and they are concerned they may unduly inflame an already tragic situation.