Friday, May 29, 2009

Dept. Of Justice forced To Drop Black Panther Voter Intimidation Case

You may remember this one, because it went viral, complete with a YouTube video. There was a blatant case of illegal voter intimidation that took place in Philadelphia in the last election involving three members of the New Black Panther Party that involved the use of nightsticks, military style uniforms and racial slurs to "make sure a black man wins this election."

The Obama Administration just overruled career DOJ prosecutors and forced the US Department of Justice to drop the well documented case against the Panthers:

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.

The incident - which gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube - had prompted the government to sue the men, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with the weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.

Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as "the most blatant form of voter intimidation" that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago.

The lawyers also had ascertained that one of the three men had gained access to the polling place by securing a credential as a Democratic poll watcher, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Washington Times.

The career Justice lawyers were on the verge of securing sanctions against the men earlier this month when their superiors ordered them to reverse course, according to interviews and documents. The court had already entered a default judgment against the men on April 20.

A Justice Department spokesman on Thursday confirmed that the agency had dropped the case, dismissing two of the men from the lawsuit with no penalty and winning an order against the third man that simply prohibits him from bringing a weapon to a polling place in future elections. {..}

To support its evidence, the government had secured an affidavit from Bartle Bull, a longtime civil rights activist and former aide to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign. Mr. Bull said in a sworn statement dated April 7 that he was serving in November as a credentialed poll watcher in Philadelphia when he saw the three uniformed Panthers confront and intimidate voters with a nightstick.

Inexplicably, the government did not enter the affidavit in the court case, according to the files.

"In my opinion, the men created an intimidating presence at the entrance to a poll," he declared. "In all my experience in politics, in civil rights litigation and in my efforts in the 1960s to secure the right to vote in Mississippi ... I have never encountered or heard of another instance in the United States where armed and uniformed men blocked the entrance to a polling location."

Mr. Bull said the "clear purpose" of what the Panthers were doing was to "intimidate voters with whom they did not agree." He also said he overheard one of the men tell a white poll watcher: "You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker."

Now, riddle me this - do you think that if a group of white men had been standing in front of polling places armed with weaponry and throwing the n-word around things just might have turned out differently? Just maybe the case wouldn't have been dropped, and this would be front page headlines nationwide?

Draw your own conclusions, but I can see why the president Obama characterized concerns about Sonia Sotomayor's questionable statements and rulings as 'nonsense'.

He appears to subscribe to the belief that racism is strictly a whites only monopoly.

1 comment:

Lucas said...

Great. Now the USA is run by thugs.