Charges Against ‘New Black Panthers’ Dropped by Obama Justice Deptartment

57487112SD002_boycottCharges brought against three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense under the Bush administration have been dropped by the Obama Justice Department, FOX News has learned.

The charges stemmed from an incident at a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008 when three members of the party were accused of trying to threaten voters and block poll and campaign workers by the threat of force — one even brandishing what prosecutors call a deadly weapon.

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Pictured: New Black Panther Party members march toward the gates of Duke University as they surround their leader, Malik Z. Shabazz (Back-C) May 1, 2006 in Durham, North Carolina. The action follows allegations of a sexual assault of a woman hired as a private dancer to a party attended by Duke lacrosse team members on March 13. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)