YOU. HAVE. GOT. TO. BE. SH**TING. ME.
DOJ helped facilitate anti-Zimmerman protests in Florida: FOIA docs
The legal watchdog Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents revealing the Community Relations Service (CRS), a unit of the Department of Justice, was deployed to Sanford, Fla., following the death of Trayvon Martin to help organize rallies against George Zimmerman.
According to the documents, from March 25 to March 27, CRS spent $674.14 upon being “deployed to Sanford, Fla., to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.”
A FEDERAL agency was in Florida helping to organize marches and demonstration. A Federal agency that falls under the auspices of the Department of Justice. You know, the agency that couldn't be bothered to prosecute the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation in 2008 or even investigate the ATF for Operation Fast & Furious? They have time, money, and agents to spare to support protests against George Zimmerman? They're actively supporting a course of action that by all objective viewpoints means supporting a violent criminal who was shot in the process of committing grievous bodily injury to someone that had not posed any sort of physical threat to him?
And excuse the living hell out of me, but where the bloody hell is the media on this??? (Don't answer, it's rhetorical). That the federal government is devoting one red cent or one second of an employee's time to attempt to sway public opinion of a self-defense case should be a front page story - yet here it is, buried in the WSJ. It's not top-of-the-fold on the NYT or being discussed on the nightly news; it's not even a blip on the radar. Tell me, again, how the media is anything resembling fair. If George Bush had sent part of the Justice Department to agitate for the death penalty in a murder case, there would have been hell to pay.
More importantly, I want to know why the hell the DOJ is trying to influence this story. Are they actively trying to foment a race riot? Are they hoping that they'll get Zimmerman convicted by tainting the jury pool? Is this a back-end approach to repealing "stand your ground" type laws? Quite frankly, I can see absolutely no reason for the Justice Department to be working one side or another in this case. They should be objectively gathering any evidence of federal crimes and nothing else.
The more I hear about this, the more I think that there is a LOT more going on behind the scenes...
That is all.