Monday, December 22, 2014

Feds file suit against Philly Black Panthers

The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit yesterday against the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and three of its members over what authorities allege was Election Day voter intimidation outside a North Philadelphia polling place. The suit, filed in federal court in Philadelphia, alleges that two men - identified by the Justice Department as Minister King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson - intimidated voters on Nov. 4 by standing outside the polling place at 12th Street and Fairmount Avenue wearing party uniforms. Read the whole story here, and see the full complaint below. Click here for Philly.com's politics page.

Feds file suit against Philly Black Panthers


The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit yesterday against the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and three of its members over what authorities allege was Election Day voter intimidation outside a North Philadelphia polling place.

The suit, filed in federal court in Philadelphia, alleges that two men - identified by the Justice Department as Minister King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson - intimidated voters on Nov. 4 by standing outside the polling place at 12th Street and Fairmount Avenue wearing party uniforms.

Read the whole story here, and see the full complaint below.
Click here for Philly.com's politics page.

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