Black panthers intemidating voters
Shabazz held a nightstick, and the two men were accused of making intimidating remarks to both white and black voters.Be one of the 1.5 million people to view the video on You Tube by clicking here.Although none of the defendants responded to the complaint, the Department decided last year to drop its case against all but King Samir Shabazz, the one with the nightstick.The department asked for, and got, an injunction prohibiting Shabazz from displaying a weapon within 100 feet of a Philadelphia polling location until 2012.Andy Mc Carthy has an important story over at National Review Online that does an outstanding job of demolishing many of the myths being propagated about the New Black Panther voter intimidation case.It is important, however, to highlight some specific testimony on one of those myths.Christopher Coates, the former head of the Justice Department’s Civil Right’s Voting Division, testified about charges that the New Black Panther Party intimidated Philadelphia voters in the 2008 election. Christopher Coates, the former head of the Justice Department’s Civil Right’s Voting Division, testified about charges that the New Black Panther Party intimidated Philadelphia voters in the 2008 election. Commission on Civil Rights was investigating allegations that the Obama Justice Department dropped charges against members of the New Black Panther Party for political reasons. Commission on Civil Rights was investigating allegations that the Obama Justice Department dropped charges against members of the New Black Panther Party for political reasons.
That claim is patently false although it was repeated last night again by Abigail Thernstrom on NBC News.For several weeks, Fox News pundits have been hammering the Obama administration for its handling of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case.The gist of the argument is that the Obama administration backed off a slam-dunk case because it has no stomach for going after minorities for civil rights violations. 4, 2008 -- the day of the presidential election -- when New Black Pather Party members Jerry Jackson and King Samir Shabazz stood outside a Philadelphia polling place dressed in black military-style uniforms.For anyone who bothers to actually look at the record, the U. Commission on Civil Rights received direct evidence on that very issue.Those critics also miss the point that it is a crime to attempt to intimidate voters and anyone assisting voters, which would include poll watchers, and no one watching the videotape could come to any conclusion other than the New Black Panthers were trying to intimidate people at that poll in Philadelphia.
On the issue of poll watchers, one of the witnesses at the first hearing of the U. Commission on Civil Rights, Chris Hill, testified on that specific point and what happened when he got to the polling place. I went straight between them through the door to find our poll watcher, who was inside the building at the time…he was pretty shaken up…he was visibly upset. HILL: He was called a race traitor for being a poll watcher, credentialed poll watcher for the Republican Party as a black man, and that he was threatened if he stepped outside of the building, there would be hell to pay.