CASE DISMISSED! Perhaps you remember seeing the video from November?
The civil suit filed Jan. 7 identified the three men as members of the Panthers and said they wore military-style uniforms, black berets, combat boots, battle-dress pants, black jackets with military-style insignias and were armed with "a dangerous weapon"and used racial slurs and insults to scare would-be voters and those there to assist them at the Philadelphia polling location on Nov. 4.
The complaint said the three men engaged in "coercion, threats and intimidation, ... racial threats and insults, ... menacing and intimidating gestures, ... and movements directed at individuals who were present to vote." It said that unless prohibited by court sanctions, they would "continued to violate ... the Voting Rights Act by continuing to direct intimidation, threats and coercion at voters and potential voters, by again deploying uniformed and armed members at the entrance to polling locations in future elections, both in Philadelphia and throughout the country."
Now, you'd THINK that this would clearly be an issue of concern. But, in our post racial-Amerikkka? Not so much.
Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day, according to documents and interviews.
You're not saying POLITICS were involved, are you? The department was poised to secure sanctions against these men, when their superiors entered a default judgment.
I'm so relieved that Mr. Shabazz will no longer be able to brandish a weapon as he stands outside of a polling location and intimidates voters. Well, let me fix that, he can't stand within a hundred feet of an open polling location, on election day, with a weapon. Until 2012.
Can I hear just the tiniest bit of outrage from the left?