Well, if you ask Wikipedia:
From the beginning, the Black Panther Party's focus on militancy came with a reputation for violence. The Panthers employed a California law that permitted carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun as long as it was publicly displayed and pointed at no one. Carrying weapons openly and making threats against police officers, for example, chants like "The Revolution has co-ome, it's time to pick up the gu-un. Off the pigs!", helped create the Panthers' reputation as a violent organization.So, when word has spread that the Black Panthers have swarmed polling locations in Ohio and Pennsylvania, one has to wonder what effect they have on voters.
If you saw someone affiliated with a group known for violence guarding a polling location or Board of Elections, would you be less interested in standing in line to vote?
One might even call this .... [gasp!] .... voter suppression!
We've got confirmation of Black Panther activity in Philiadelphia, PA.
Here in Ohio we know of activity in Dayton and Cleveland.
If you witness any threats, folks have been asked to contact the Secret Service at the below numbers:
- CINCINNATI 513-684-3585
- CLEVELAND 216-706-4365
- COLUMBUS 614-469-7370
- DAYTON 937-222-2013
- TOLEDO 419-259-6434