DOJ Civil Rights Division Turmoil

July 7, 2010

A former DOJ attorney has made allegations against the civil rights division, claiming that a prosecution for voter intimidation against the New Black Panther Party was wrongfully dismissed.  Attorney J. Christian Adams claims that he was told by his superiors that they had little interest in bringing cases against black defendants.

The investigation has focused on Minister King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson, who were featured on several videos and news reports from election day. Shabazz is seen on the video holding a nightstick just a few feet away from the entrance to the polling location.

Adams resigned from the Department earlier this year and one of his superiors Christopher Coates, who was the Chief of the Voting Section, has also left his post and is now working for the Department in South Carolina at the US Attorney’s office.

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