Organizers are planning a controversial protest this Friday to support the Philadelphia gunman who wounded six police officers during an eight-hour stand-off; saying members of law enforcement are an “occupying military force in the black community.”

“A controversial protest is planned Friday night in North Philadelphia to support Maurice Hill, the alleged gunman accused of shooting six Philadelphia police officers. Organizers say they expect 200 to 300 people to rally tonight,” reports CBS Philadelphia.

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“Sadly, we do have to be there, I don’t understand it. There’s certain marches I do understand, this is definitely not one of them,” said Police Commissioner Richard Ross.

Hill has reportedly been arrested at least 12 times on gun and assault charges prior to the shootout, prompting many to question how the suspect was able to avoid prison.

“Many of you have found out about his history. It’s very significant. In fact, he told me on the phone, he used the word ‘extensive,’ he had an extensive criminal history and that he knew the system. This is why he was making the outlandish demands he was making,” added the Commissioner.

“The Philadelphia shooter should never have been allowed to be on the streets. He had a long and very dangerous criminal record. Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police. Long sentence – must get much tougher on street crime!” posted the President.

Read the full report here.