The OPR report however, tells a different story — one in which the leadership of the civil rights division was frustrated by the conduct of the NBPP team in withholding exculpatory information in trying to seek a broader injunction against the New Black Panther Party.It also shows that there was never any political pressure from above to narrow the case to one defendant.For some conservative critics of the Obama administration, the case is seen as a smoking gun – damning proof that the nation's first black president doesn't take black racism seriously.The Power Line blog called Coates's testimony a "bombshell." Defenders of the civil rights division say Coates is bitter because he was unable to turn the organization toward policies that they say would ultimately hurt black voters.When Department of Justice attorneys traveled to investigate a voter intimidation allegation against a black politician in Mississippi's Noxubee County in 2006, one civil rights staff attorney commented, "Can you believe we're going to Mississippi to protect white voters?"To Christopher Coates, the former head of the Department of Justice's voting rights section, the comment was more than just an attempt at irony – it was evidence that something was going wrong in the department. Coates testified before the US Civil Rights Commission, a bipartisan oversight group, alleging that under President Obama, the dismissive attitude of that civil rights staff attorney toward white claims of disenfranchisement at the hands of blacks has essentially become Justice Department policy.He said he had seen evidence that Obama appointees in the Department of Justice had created a "hostile atmosphere" toward attorneys pushing to prosecute blacks for voting-rights violations – a charge the Justice Department denies.The current Civil Rights Commission investigation is specifically focusing on why Justice Department attorneys dropped charges against two New Black Panther Party members who brandished a nightstick at a Philadelphia polling place in 2008.
Rosenbaum’s concerns would proved to be founded later, when he reviewed the NBPP team’s original memo and found it “reflected an incomplete factual investigation” which was based on “talking only to Republican Party members who were in Philadelphia or at the polling place].]” Acting Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights Loretta King actually had to go online to the NBPP website herself to discover that the national organization had disavowed the conduct of the Philadelphia Panthers, because the NBPP team had failed to bring it up in a meeting.A 2008 voter-intimidation case has become a political controversy for the Obama administration as conservative lawyers, politicians and commentators raise concerns that the Department of Justice has failed to protect the civil rights of white voters.The discussion centers on whether the Justice Department's civil rights division mishandled a lawsuit against members of the New Black Panther Party, which was filed weeks before the Obama administration took office.It’s over, conservatives: A just-released copy of the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility report on the New Black Panther case shows the core allegations at the heart of this tale to be completely false.Previously, the OPR had only released a letter detailing the findings in the probe .