In the aftermath of the controversial acquittal of George Zimmerman, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that his department would launch an investigation into whether Trayvon Martin’s civil rights were violated. According to an announcement from the Department of Justice, “Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the Department’s policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial.”
To charge Zimmerman again would be a travesty. The death of Trayvon Martin was tragic, but it was clearly self-defense that should have never been brought to court. Initially, the Sanford police refused to charge Zimmerman because the facts did not support second-degree murder or any other offense. In fact, the police officers believed Zimmerman’s story and said the evidence corroborated his account of the events that night.
Political pressure led to Zimmerman’s arrest and trial and that would be the only possible reason why he would face federal charges. It would be another brazen political move by Holder. This is the type of nonsense we should expect from an Attorney General who actually attended a conference sponsored by notorious race baiter Rev. Al Sharpton, the man who has a history of poisoning race relations.
Holder’s Justice Department has a curious history of protecting civil rights. His department refused to prosecute weapon wielding New Black Panthers for voter intimidation in the 2008 presidential election, even though there was compelling video evidence from a Philadelphia precinct.
After the death of Trayvon Martin, a Florida group of Black Panthers issued a bounty for Zimmerman “dead or alive.” Of course, nothing was done to stop the threats against Zimmerman.
While the Department of Justice is investigating Zimmerman, they may want to refer to FBI interviews conducted in the aftermath of the incident. Of the dozens of people contacted by the FBI, none of the individuals who knew Zimmerman believed he was a racist or motivated by racial hatred of Trayvon Martin.
This so-called investigation is pure political theater to placate civil rights activists. This is why Holder expressed his disappointment in the verdict in a speech to the NAACP. It fits in with the agenda of a department that is a place for political activism, not justice. Only a politicized Justice Department would pay for activists to travel to police headquarters in Sanford, Florida to demand the ouster of the Police Chief. The gambit worked and the Police Chief had to resign, thanks to the Justice Department.
A true Department of Justice would be investigating the reports of violence against white people in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict. These are some real cases of hate crimes, in which people are being targeted as payback for Trayvon’s death. Of course, all of these incidents will be ignored, like the activities of the New Black Panthers.
A real Department of Justice would investigate why the second-degree murder charges against Zimmerman were manufactured in the first place. The actions of the grandstanding State Attorney Angela Corey have been so questionable and unethical that even a liberal activist like Alan Dershowitz believes she should be investigated. Of course the Holder Justice Department will never launch such an investigation.
A real Department of Justice would investigate the comments of crazed haters on Twitter who are menacing George Zimmerman and his family with so many death threats that they are in hiding. Instead, we should expect Zimmerman to receive no protection or support from the Department of Justice, only additional investigation and harassment.
This case illustrates the real America of 2013 and it is a very scary place.