On Election Day 2008, armed men wearing the uniforms and jackboots of the New Black Panther Party were posted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the entrance to a polling site. They brandished a weapon and intimidated voters.
After the election, the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice brought a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party and the Black Panther members involved. Lawyers in the Justice Department obtained an entry of default after the defendants ignored the case against them.
Before a final judgment could be entered, however, superiors in the DOJ ordered dismissal of the claims.
When asked by Congress about the dismissal of the Black Panther case, the Department repeatedly claimed the “facts and law” do not support the case.
I just have one question for the Obama Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department concerning a race-neutral enforcement of civil rights laws:
Would "the facts and law" have supported the case if the thugs outside the polling site had looked like this?