Justice Department Clears Itself on Black Panthers Outrage
Having looked into its appalling dismissal of the open and shut case of voter intimidation against New Black Panther activists, the Justice Department has cleared itself of any wrongdoing. Despite appearances, the situation has nothing to do with the DOJ’s policy of never prosecuting civil rights cases if the defendant is Caucasian.
The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has concluded an investigation finding that politics played no role in the handling of the New Black Panther Party case, which sparked a racially charged political fight.
Yet strangely enough some people aren’t satisfied.
In a statement, [Rep. Lamar] Smith [R-TX], who chairs the House Judiciary Committee and is expected to hold hearings on whether the department is politicized, said the review — which was limited to the actions of attorneys in the case — “did not address the Civil Rights Division’s misguided policy of using racial considerations when determining whether to enforce voting rights laws. The Division should protect the voting rights of all Americans, regardless of race, gender, religion or political affiliation.”
Michael Yaki, a former liberal member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights whose reappointment is awaiting congressional approval, disagreed. The department was “vindicated” by the report, he said.
Just in case that doesn’t settle the matter,
An investigation by Justice’s inspector general is ongoing.
Next, the White House will conduct an investigation and clear itself of gross incompetence.