Black panthers intimidating voters in philadelphia
Cops aren’t supposed to be at polling places on Election Day, so they tried to quietly resolve the situation.
They pulled Shabazz and Jackson aside and asked Shabazz to leave (Jackson had the right to be there because he was a Democratic committeeman for that ward and apparently a poll watcher as well.) As Shabazz walked away, he shouted in my direction, where the GOP lawyers were also standing, “That’s why you’re going to be ruled by a black man!
” I knew I had some golden footage, so I didn’t stick around for long.
The video probably went up about 2 hours after it was shot.
(Later, a friend who works at Google emailed: “In the last two hours, ‘Black Panthers’ and related queries have become the #2 most searched terms on Google.”) In January, the Justice Department opened an investigation into the incident.
But in May the Justice Department decided against prosecuting three of the men involved in the case.
4 by standing outside a polling place wearing uniforms of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.
A recent Media Matters investigation has debunked charges that the Obama administration withdrew criminal charges against the Panthers (in fact, the Bush administration decided not to pursue criminal charges, with Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez testifying that the Bush Justice Department "determined that the facts did not constitute a prosecutable violation of the criminal statutes"; a civil lawsuit was filed in the last days of the Bush administration, and a judgment won by the Obama Justice Department in May 2009).
"If the Justice Department chooses - and I would be delighted if it did so - to send to us, for instance, somebody who is at that alleged brown bag meeting in which [Deputy Assistant Attorney General] Julie Fernandez said, 'We don't prosecute cases [against] blacks …' fine. I want evidence."Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund, also appearing on "Face the Nation," argued that not all the facts are known, "because the Justice Department is stonewalling subpoenas issued by the U. Commission on Civil Rights."Two African-American poll watchers testified they were intimidated," said Fund.
"We saw testimony that the voters said they turned around and said they would came back; we don't know if they ever came back." Fund said there was a pattern of "consistent politicization" in the Justice Department, listing examples of Voting Rights Act decisions in the South.
When I got there, I saw two men—later revealed to be King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson, members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, a fringe black supremacist group—standing outside the building.
They were clad in some sort of paramilitary garb, and Shabazz was holding a nightstick. Here’s the video I shot: There was a flock of GOP volunteer lawyers standing around with Black Berrys, afraid or unwilling to approach Shabazz and Jackson.