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Black leaders say protest group used their names without permission

Prominent African-American leaders who are being listed by a militant black lawyers' group as participants in a Saturday anti-police rally in Baltimore say their names were used without their knowledge or permission.

Baltimore Del. Jill P. Carter and former Prince George's County Del. Aisha Braveboy said Thursday that they have no connection with the Black Lawyers for Justice group or its leader, Malik Z. Shabazz. Carter and Braveboy, both Democrats, said they have no intention of taking part in the group's gathering in Sandtown-Winchester or the march to and rally at City Hall Saturday afternoon protesting "the brutality of the Baltimore Police Department."

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"I don't really know how this whole thing went down," Carter said.

"I was very distressed to see my name used," said Braveboy, who ran statewide for attorney general last year. Both said they had demanded that their names be dropped from the group's flier, but a copy was still prominently posted on the Black Lawyers for Justice web site Thursday.

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Shabazz is a Washington lawyer who is known for his anti-Semitic public statements and his advocacy of the theory that there was a Jewish conspiracy behind the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. He was an active participant in Saturday's rally in Baltimore that ended in a violent outburst.

Carter, whose name was misspelled on the flier as "Charter," said she's "no fan" of Shabazz.

"I think he's an interloper who's here for his own personal aggrandizement," she said. "I don't think he has any intention of fixing the problems here."

Braveboy said she sees no role for herself as a Prince George's resident in organizing protests in Baltimore.

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"Legitimate civil rights groups in Baltimore city I believe are adequate to take care of Baltimore city," she said. "They don't need me organizing in a community that already knows how to organize."

Braveboy said she had been in touch with several others whose names had been used without authorization. She released a statement Thursday along with Carter and listed participants Gabriel J. Christian, Doni Glover and Dayvon Love disavowing the group.

Among the prominent Baltimore figures listed by the black lawyers' group as participants were attorney William H. Murphy Jr. — who is representing the Gray family — and former city NAACP head and House of Delegates Marvin L. "Doc" Cheatham.

Cheatham said his name had also been used without permission. Murphy could not be reached Thursday afternoon.

Shabazz said he believed the people listed had endorsed the rally at a Tuesday news conference. He said he would remove the names of those who object.

"I don't know whether they have come under public pressure," he said. By late Thursday, the names had been removed.

Shabazz said he expects "complete peace, order and dignity" at the Saturday event.

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