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Charges brought against three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense under the Bush administration have been dropped by the Obama Justice Department, FOX News has learned.
Originally posted by whatukno
Like the Bush administration was any better.
noting that one of the panthers turned toward the white poll observers and said "you are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker."
The complaint says the men hurled racial slurs at both blacks and whites.
A poll watcher who provided an affidavit to prosecutors in the case noted that Bartle Bull, who worked as a civil rights lawyer in the south in the 1960's and is a former campaign manager for Robert Kennedy, said it was the most blatant form of voter intimidation he had ever seen.
In his affidavit, obtained by FOX News, Bull wrote "I watched the two uniformed men confront voters and attempt to intimidate voters. They were positioned in a location that forced every voter to pass in close proximity to them. The weapon was openly displayed and brandished in plain sight of voters."
He also said they tried to "interfere with the work of other poll observers ... whom the uniformed men apparently believed did not share their preferences politically," noting that one of the panthers turned toward the white poll observers and said "you are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker."
the Division voluntarily dismissed an uncontentested lawsuit against an individual who, by the terms of its own complaint, had "made statements containing racial threats and racial insults at both black and white individuals" and who "made menacing and intimidating gestures, statements, and movements directed at individuals who were present to aid voters." One member, Jerry Jackson, is an elected member of the Philadelphia Democratic Committee and was a credentialed poll watcher.
The New Black Panthers are also planning to open a school, he said, so black children don't have to be taught by "the cracker named Paul Vallas," the head of the Philadelphia School District.
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