Philadelphia involving two black panthers blocking and intimidating voters
The New Black Panther Party catapulted itself to national attention during the November 2008 presidential election when two of its members, one brandishing a nightstick, were captured on videotape intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place.But the original Black Panther Party, which famously advocated black power and preached self-defense through confrontation in the 1960s and 1970s, is not happy with the new upstart.The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigates allegations of misconduct involving department lawyers, said in August that it had begun an official inquiry into the complaint’s dismissal, but Rep.Lamar Smith of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Wolf, Virginia Republican and a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, have questioned the sincerity of that probe. Holder Jr., they asked whether the Justice Department was using the OPR investigation as a “means to continue stonewalling Congress in this matter.” “After three months of investigating, the Office of Professional Responsibility has yet to provide Congress with a clear explanation for why the Civil Rights Division dismissed the complaint,” they said.She ordered a delay in the case after discussing it with Associate Attorney General Thomas J.
They also have called on the department to refile the civil charges.
It has condemned the New Black Panther Party and its tactics, saying the NBPP “stole” the party’s name for its “own misguided purposes.” The Huey P.
Newton Foundation Inc., created in 1993 and co-founded by Fredrika Newton, Black Panther leader Huey P.
“As guardian of the true history of the Black Panther Party, the foundation, which includes former leading members of the party, denounces this group’s exploitation of the party’s name and history,” the statement said.
“Failing to find its own legitimacy in the black community, this band would graft the party’s name upon itself, which we condemn.