Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the Black Panther Party of wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day, according to documents and interviews.
The incident - which gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube - had prompted the government to sue the men, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with the weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.
Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as "the most blatant form of voter intimidation" that he had seen, even during the voting rights
Tags: Eric Holder, Obama, Black Panthers, ACORN, Brown Shirts, Obama administration, Voter indtimidated, Obama'a civilian security force, Race based politics
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