Start Philadelphia two black panthers blocking and intimidating voters

Philadelphia two black panthers blocking and intimidating voters

On the eve of Election Day, civil rights groups and local election officials were reminding voters of the state and federal laws protecting against voter intimidation and advising them where to go if they experience threats or harassment at the polls.

Both parties have armies of poll watchers on hand and armies of lawyers in reserve for expected lawsuits, challenges, and recounts that could decide the outcome of the presidential election, as well as a welter of down-ballot races. At this point, Pennsylvania seems to be ground zero for problems.

One was brandishing a large billy-club, intimidating anyone who approached. The police ordered the armed man to leave, but did not take away his weapon.

The two were members of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP). As he passed three Mc Cain volunteers, the armed man, Minister King Samir Shabazz, the party’s leader in Philadelphia, yelled: “You are about to be ruled by the black man, Cracker!

But the platform doesn't capture the sort of rhetoric that has earned the NBPP the "hate group" label.