There was a bit of a stir here in Philadelphia on the day of the general election in November when a couple of members of the New Black Panther Party For Self-Defense showed up at a polling place to provide what they described as security. One of the guys had a baton. Video of the incident went big on the Internet and rocketed around the country, mostly pushed by pundits with partisan agendas. The U.S. Department of Justice in January sued the New Black Panther Party, alleging voter intimidation, and putting out a media release to trumpet the case.
The Department of Justice two weeks ago quietly dropped that lawsuit against two of the three party members it sued, Malik Zulu Shabazz of Washington, D.C. and Jerry Jackson of Philadelphia. A federal judge last week approved a judgment against the third party member, Minister King Samir Shabazz, aka Maurice Heath of Philadelphia, which forbids him from "displaying a weapon within 100 feet of any open polling location on any election day in the City of Philadelphia." Court filings by the feds say the three party members never responded to the Department of Justice lawsuit.
All this, by the way, was first reported today in the Washington Times and brought to our attention by an alert reader in Lincoln, Neb. You didn't know PhillyClout has a loyal following in Nebraska? Neither did we.