In a September 2012 radio interview, the Black Panthers national chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz claimed that his group may, once again, take to the polling stations on election day.
“I will say that as this election comes up in November, we will consider our options,” Shabazz said during his interview with WABC. We are not saying we will be there or not,” Shabazz said in his September interview.
Counter-accusations were made, including claims that the actual incident was relatively minor but had been blown out of proportion by individuals and groups with political motives.
Then-AG Eric Holder denied claims that his Justice Department considers the race of an alleged victim when deciding which cases to pursue.
In 2008, members of the New Black Panthers wore black paramilitary garb and stood in front of the doors leading to a polling place in Philadelphia.