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New Black Panther Party Guarding Fairmount Ave. Polling Place?

So we have a bit of a dust-up about a couple of guys up at 12th and Fairmount standing outside a polling place. Wearing clothes with the emblem of the New Black Panther Party. And holding a night stick.

New Black Panther Party Guarding Fairmount Ave. Polling Place?

So we have a bit of a dust-up about a couple of guys up at 12th and Fairmount standing outside a polling place.  Wearing clothes with the emblem of the New Black Panther Party.  And holding a night stick.

Fox News and Michelle Malkin jumped all over it.  Media Lizzy has a video here of a young man who identifies himself as a "media person" and poll watcher from the University of Pennsylvania walking up to the guy with the nightstick and asking questions.  The guy with the stick claims to be "security" and asks why people are taking his picture.

And then we get this:  "I think it might be a little bit intimidating for you to have a stick in your hand," Media Guy says.  "Who are you to decide?" Black Panther Guy asks. "I'm a concerned citizen," Media Guy continues. "And so are we. That's why we're here," Black Panther Guy responds.

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