Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Black Panther Intimidation Redux: The 2010 Mid-Term Elections

New Black Panther Seen At Polling Place

No Voter Intimidation Reported Tuesday At Poll

PHILADELPHIA - Fox 29 News spotted Tuesday a member of the New Black Panther Party standing outside of a local polling place where voter intimidation was reported two years ago.

The man was seen outside the polling place in North Philadelphia was wearing a pin that indicated his party affiliation, along with a black hat, sunglasses and leather coat.

In footage obtained by Fox News back in 2008, two members of the New Black Panther Party stood outside the same polling place shaking a Billy club and allegedly intimidating voters.

The case was ultimately dropped by the Department of Justice after President Obama's administration came into power, although controversy surrounding the incident's handling has persisted.

Just last month Attorney General Eric Holder was defending the Justice Department's performance on the matter, saying the top career person in the civil rights division made the decision to seek an injunction against one person.

The man seen at the same polling place Tuesday would not answer questions posed by Fox 29 News but was apparently working at the polls as a volunteer and greeting voters.

A check with Philadelphia election officials revealed no voter intimidation reports at the polling location this time. (source)

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