There are new details in the arrest of Black Hammer leaders Romain Augustus AKA Chief Gazi Kodzo and Rushin Hakeem.
According to arrest warrants, the pair held two members of the Black Hammers at gunpoint. One of them, aged 18, was raped by Kodzo. It took place at a residential home near Atlanta that the group used as their headquarters. The 18-year-old then committed suicide while police were outside the house.
Augustus/Kodzo is charged with sodomy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, conspiracy, and participation in street gang activity.
Rushin Hakeem was charged with obstruction, aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, conspiracy, and participation in street gang activity.
On July 20th, police received a phone call reporting a kidnapping. The caller hung up, but was traced to the Fayetteville home used by the Black Hammers. When police arrived, nine people came outside. The 18-year-old remained inside and committed suicide with a handgun. Kodzo allegedly described the victim as “mentally different” when police arrived. He also told media that the victim was killed by police and described him as “my son.”
While police were investigating the scene, Gazi posted videos on social media. He bragged about all the free publicity he would receive from the teen’s death. Stating, “this is a great moment. Our voices will be amplified.”
The Black Hammers first receive national publicity for trying to establish a “no-Whites allowed autonomous zone” squatter camp in a remote part of Colorado. Gazi has bragged about receiving $90k in donations online. However, their planned squatter camp never amounted to more than a short term camping trip.
Gazi would also generate publicity for the group by engaging in online feuds with members of Antifa and other Black Supremacist groups.