That claim is patently false although it was repeated last night again by Abigail Thernstrom on NBC News.For anyone who bothers to actually look at the record, the U. Commission on Civil Rights received direct evidence on that very issue.
The New Black Panther Party would not be intimidating voters if the Justice Department had not aggressively intervened on their behalf.
Had their prior voter intimidation acts led to serious consequences, we would not be seeing this now.
On the issue of voters, Hill testified as follows: QUESTION: How were third parties reacting to the presence and the actions of the Panther members?
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Those critics also miss the point that it is a crime to attempt to intimidate voters and anyone assisting voters, which would include poll watchers, and no one watching the videotape could come to any conclusion other than the New Black Panthers were trying to intimidate people at that poll in Philadelphia.
On the issue of poll watchers, one of the witnesses at the first hearing of the U. Commission on Civil Rights, Chris Hill, testified on that specific point and what happened when he got to the polling place. I went straight between them through the door to find our poll watcher, who was inside the building at the time…he was pretty shaken up…he was visibly upset. HILL: He was called a race traitor for being a poll watcher, credentialed poll watcher for the Republican Party as a black man, and that he was threatened if he stepped outside of the building, there would be hell to pay.
Officers escorted the man with the nightstick away from the polling location, but the other person in Black Panther gear is a poll watcher. Minister Najee Muhammad, national field marshal for the New Black Panther Party, told a crowd Nov.
WASHINGTON – Malik Zulu Shabazz, national chairman of the New Black Panther Party, stated today in a radio interview that his controversial group may deploy at voting booths in the November presidential elections, claiming such a move is needed to ensure there is no “intimidation against our people.” The NBPP was the focus of national attention after Eric Holder’s Department of Justice dismissed voter intimidation charges against the groups leaders related to the 2008 presidential election. Coats had led the original investigation of the New Black Panther Party.
He was responding to a desperate phone call for help from one of the two black poll watchers who were stationed at the polling place: HILL: [Shabazz] immediately started with ‘What are you doing here, Cracker? So there is witness testimony that both Black Panthers, including the one who was dismissed by the Justice Department, were physically threatening a poll watcher.
And the witnesses made it clear that the two Black Panthers acted as a team, in concert, at the polling place.
“So I walked directly in between them, went inside and found the poll watchers. And they told us not to come outside because a black man is going to win this election no matter what.” He said he then walked back outside and the man with a night stick told him, “‘We’re tired of white supremacy’ and he starts tapping the nightstick in his hand.