Two black panthers blocking and intimidating voters

15 Apr

In a nutshell, here's what happened, according to numerous media accounts: On Election Day, Nov.

4, 2008, the New Black Panther Party sent 300 members to polling places across Philadelphia.

A Times-Union reader wants to know: Is the e-mail true that says Attorney General Eric Holder backed off pursuing a slam-dunk case against the New Black Panther Party on voter intimidation charges because the Obama administration does not want to prosecute minorities for civil rights violations?

This was the contention of anchor Bill O' Reilly and several of his colleagues at Fox News.

The suit's aims were limited: the defendants would not be subject to any criminal penalties, such as fines or jail time.

He told them, “I think it might be a little intimidating that you have a stick in your hand.” He continued, “I am a concerned citizen, and I’m just worried that …” “So are we, and that’s why we’re here,” the Black Panther with the nightstick interrupted.Politi looked at the timeline of the incident and its fallout: The story was reported immediately in the media. 7, 2009, two weeks before Barack Obama took over the presidency, the Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit in U. District Court under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, accusing the two men, as well as the New Black Panther Party and its leader, Malik Zulu Shabazz, of voter intimidation.The Justice Department - it was still under the Bush administration at the time - said it would investigate. The department did not believe it had grounds for a criminal case.“We will not allow some racists and other angry whites, who are upset over an impending Barack Obama presidential victory, to intimidate blacks at the polls,” he said.“Most certainly, we cannot allow these racist forces to slaughter our babies or commit other acts of violence against the black population, nor our black president.” Uhuru Shakur, chairman of the Atlanta chapter, said, “We love Barack Obama – he gives our people great hope and light for advancement.