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    Re: Do you think these Black Panthers should be prosecuted for voter intimidation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Do you not support the right of Tea Party members to publicly demonstrate their 2nd Amendment right? do you think that blacks don't have the same rights?
    No I don't approve of the Tea Party waving guns and night sticks around in front of polling centers. I also don't support the BPP waving weapons around in front of polling centers.

    After looking through this video I can't say that they were intimidating. If they were yelling and berating people and preaching while waving their weapons I would have a problem with it. However, they actually seemed almost polite. I say a no go on the prosecution of these guys.
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    Re: Do you think these Black Panthers should be prosecuted for voter intimidation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    I get the impression people here want to see the guy prosecuted for being a member of his organisation. If it is a prohibited organisation, so be it too.
    I have zero prejudices against the BPP, as should be evident in this thread. Someone doesn't have to have the stuffing beaten out of them to meet the threshold of "threats."

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    Re: Do you think these Black Panthers should be prosecuted for voter intimidation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I have zero prejudices against the BPP, as should be evident in this thread. Someone doesn't have to have the stuffing beaten out of them to meet the threshold of "threats."
    I wasn't insinuating that YOU do have prejudices against the BPP. It wasn't you I was referring to. But what in the video do you think constituted threatening behaviour?
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    Re: Do you think these Black Panthers should be prosecuted for voter intimidation?

    Would it be ok for the KKK to stand outside a polling center holding weapons? Even if they weren't screaming or beating people, they were still intimidating voters and should be prosecuted for it.
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    Re: Do you think these Black Panthers should be prosecuted for voter intimidation?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Would it be ok for the KKK to stand outside a polling center holding weapons? Even if they weren't screaming or beating people, they were still intimidating voters and should be prosecuted for it.
    As far as I am aware Digs, neither group is illegal, so showing up at a polling station by their members is not an offence. If the KKK, as perhaps they do, act in a similar way to how the guys on the video behaved, there would be no problem. I wouldn't like it, but then I didn't like the look of the BBP guys either. Until they do something that constitutes harrassment or intimidation, they have the right to be there, don't they? Isn't this a bit like the presence of the Westboro Fruit-loops turning up at military funerals?
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    Re: Do you think these Black Panthers should be prosecuted for voter intimidation?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Would it be ok for the KKK to stand outside a polling center holding weapons? Even if they weren't screaming or beating people, they were still intimidating voters and should be prosecuted for it.
    Yes it would be. Just standing there with a stick? Yeah, I can't say I have problem with that. Just because the KKK is full of a bunch of racist assholes you can't take away their rights when they haven't infringed on yours.

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    Re: Do you think these Black Panthers should be prosecuted for voter intimidation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    America tends to take a hard stance on voting rights and specifically, conduct regarding elections. For instance, candidates (and their supporters and signs) aren't allowed within a thousand feet of a polling station, and specific measures are taken to ensure that elections aren't tampered with. Based upon that, and the fact that their actions could have been interpreted as threatening, I believe that they should be prosecuted. This is a case that I believe should be decided, by jury, and not as an administrative decision in DOJ.
    Simply 100% false, at least not here in the Pittsburgh PA area there are no such rules/laws and if their are nobody enforces them.

    Now with that said Im not saying nothing wrong happened in philly just saying the above is not true
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    Re: Do you think these Black Panthers should be prosecuted for voter intimidation?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Would it be ok for the KKK to stand outside a polling center holding weapons? Even if they weren't screaming or beating people, they were still intimidating voters and should be prosecuted for it.
    Well if the video looked the same then again not sure what evidence there would be for prosocution but having said that the KKK and the BPP are in no why what so ever equal, the example is apples and oranges.
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    Re: Do you think these Black Panthers should be prosecuted for voter intimidation?

    Here is Nigel Coleman, a leader in the Virginia Tea party, holding a hangman of Democratic Congressman Frank Kratovil in front of his office.



    He also planned to light effigies of Nancy Pelosi and Tom Perriello. He hasn't been arrested or accused of intimidation. I saw no mention of this on news outlets, ESPECIALLY Fox News. But, as soon as they get video of a Black Panther with a billy club, they're all over it. I wonder, where are your priorities, Fox News?

    It seems to me that Conservatives are all about the right to bear arms wherever they please, but as soon as the other side begins to do the same, they cry foul. The Second Amendment applies outside of a place of polling just as much as it applies in Washington D.C., where Tea Partiers marched with their guns.
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    Re: Do you think these Black Panthers should be prosecuted for voter intimidation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    I wasn't insinuating that YOU do have prejudices against the BPP. It wasn't you I was referring to. But what in the video do you think constituted threatening behaviour?
    Standing directly outside the door to the polling area in uniform with a visible weapon. I wouldn't like it if a cop were doing this, either. We have a long history with this issue, Andalablue. Blacks in the south were terrorized away from voting for years by gestures like this. It's no less menacing now that the color of the threat has shifted.

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