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• To instruct all other department employees the commission may subpoena to cooperate fully by turning over all responsive documents and testifying without restraint.

A civil complaint had been filed in the New Black Panther Party case by the voting rights section in January 2009 in Philadelphia after two of its members in black berets, black combat boots, black shirts and black jackets purportedly intimidated voters with racial insults, slurs and a nightstick. A third party member was accused of managing, directing and endorsing their behavior. The incident was captured on videotape.

Four months later, the Justice Department dropped the charges, saying “the facts and the law did not support pursuing” them.