Returning to the scene of their now-infamous voter intimidation during the 2008 presidential election, members of the New Black Panther Party have reportedly been spotted taking up positions to greet voters entering the North Philadelphia polling location. The local Fox affiliate reports:
Fox 29 News spotted Tuesday a member of the New Black Panther Party standing outside of a local polling place where voter intimidation was reported two years ago.
The man was seen outside the polling place in North Philadelphia was wearing a pin that indicated his party affiliation, along with a black hat, sunglasses and leather coat.
The man seen at the same polling place Tuesday would not answer questions posed by Fox 29 News but was apparently working at the polls as a volunteer and greeting voters.
Thankfully, Fox 29 reports that there have been no complaints of voter intimidation today and the NBPP members seem to have left their nightsticks at home this year.
As you’ll recall, it was the presence of these weapons coupled with men dressed in military fatigues which led a number of Philadelphia voters to file legal complaints. The voter intimidation case was later dropped by the Obama Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder has defended the decision, though controversy remains as many Americans feel the case was unfairly dismissed.
Other New Black Panther chapters have said they too will be sending representatives out to the polls today. In Houston, NBPP leader, Quanell X, had this to say to a local tea party group:
“I want to say to all Houstonians and all people voting in Harris County, no member of the New Black Panther Party will have a nightstick or a billy club in their hand. That will not be tolerated, I can assure you of that. But what I can promise the King Street Patriots is that we will not tolerate any intimidation tactics coming from them against our elderly, our women and our young people.”