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Internal watchdog wants to know why DOJ dropped voter intimidation charge on Black Panthers.


OPR, an internal watchdog at the Department of Justice wants to know why charges were dropped against the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) for intimidating white voters from entering a Philadelphia polling station. The NBPP is an extreme Nation of Islam splinter group.

One member of the NBPP was given an injunction barring him from brandishing weapons in front of a polling station. However, voter intimidation charges were dropped in what was widely viewed as a slam dunk case. The man who brandished the nightstick was not even barred from being a poll worker. The injunction only bars him from brandishing weapons, which you are not supposed to do anyway.

A group of House Republicans, led by Lamar Smith of Texas, fought back and now an internal investigation has been opened to see if DOJ officials were playing favorites with the militant .

In a letter to Inspector General Glen Fine, Republicans wrote:

“As Inspector General of Justice Department, you spent more than a year investigating allegations of wrong political influence in the removal of several U.S. Attorneys,” they wrote. “Allegations of wrongful political influence by Obama administration officials in the dismissal of a voting rights case are equally important and should be subject to an equally thorough investigation.”

-Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
-Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.)
-Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.)
-Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
-Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)
-Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
-Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
-Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)
-Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.)
-Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.)

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