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Newly Released Documents Detail the Department of Justice’s Role in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests

DOJ deployed obscure section to play role in Florida protests. Also read: Justice for Trayvon, Race-Hustler Style, by J. Christian Adams

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Bryan Preston

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July 10, 2013 - 9:29 am

Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents proving that the Department of Justice played a major behind-the-scenes role in organizing protests against George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is on trial for second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the DOJ on April 24, 2012. According to the documents JW received, a little-known DOJ unit called the Community Relations Service deployed to Sanford, FL, to organize and manage rallies against Zimmerman.

Among JW’s findings:

  • March 25 – 27, 2012, CRS spent $674.14 upon being “deployed to Sanford, FL to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.”
  • March 25 – 28, 2012, CRS spent $1,142.84 “in Sanford, FL to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.”
  • March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent $892.55 in Sanford, FL “to provide support for protest deployment in Florida.”
  • March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent an additional $751.60 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31.”
  • April 3 – 12, 2012, CRS spent $1,307.40 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford.”
  • April 11-12, 2012, CRS spent $552.35 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting of a 17 year old African American male.” – expenses for employees to travel, eat, sleep?

JW says the documents it obtained reveal that CRS is not engaging in its stated mission of conducting “impartial mediation practices and conflict resolution,” but instead engaged on the side of the anti-Zimmerman protesters.

On April 15, 2012, during the height of the protests, the Orlando Sentinel reported, “They [the CRS] helped set up a meeting between the local NAACP and elected officials that led to the temporary resignation of police Chief Bill Lee according to Turner Clayton, Seminole County chapter president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.” The paper quoted the Rev. Valarie Houston, pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church, a focal point for protestors, as saying “They were there for us,” after a March 20 meeting with CRS agents.

Separately, in response to a Florida Sunshine Law request to the City of Sanford, Judicial Watch also obtained an audio recording of a “community meeting” held at Second Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Sanford on April 19, 2012. The meeting, which led to the ouster of Sanford’s Police Chief Bill Lee, was scheduled after a group of college students calling themselves the “Dream Defenders” barricaded the entrance to the police department demanding Lee be fired.  According to the Orlando Sentinel, DOJ employees with the CRS had arranged a 40-mile police escort for the students from Daytona Beach to Sanford.

“These documents detail the extraordinary intervention by the Justice Department in the pressure campaign leading to the prosecution of George Zimmerman,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “My guess is that most Americans would rightly object to taxpayers paying government employees to help organize racially-charged demonstrations.”

Organizing such protests falls well within both President Barack Obama’s and Attorney General Eric Holder’s wheelhouses. Obama was a “community organizer” in his career prior to elective politics, a position that uses protests and street theater, along with threats, to obtain concessions from businesses and other political opponents. Holder has accused America of being a “nation of cowards” for not discussing racial issues enough. He also described black Americans as “my people” during a congressional hearing.

As the Zimmerman trial winds down, the threat of race riots should he be acquitted has risen.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I am beyond f@cking angry. These bastards are doing anything and everything in their power to destabilize this country. High crimes and misdemeanors!
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There's only one word for this revelation - SICKENING.
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...a group of college students calling themselves the “Dream Defenders” barricaded the entrance to the police department demanding Lee be fired. According to the Orlando Sentinel, DOJ employees with the CRS had arranged a 40-mile police escort for the students from Daytona Beach to Sanford."
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So, the DoJ has organized a riot.
Interesting use of the federal powers.
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Starting in the mid-1960s, liberal foundations ixnayed the integrationist strategies of MLK Jr. and Ralph Bunche, preferring to co-opt black supremacists, as I laid out here: http://clarespark.com/2009/10/31/the-offing-of-martin-luther-king-jr-and-ralph-bunche/. We should not be surprised that the same left-liberals are supporting the most divisive elements in our black population. It is a terrible betrayal of the civil rights movement and the lost lives in that terrible time.
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still can't talk about balancing the budget or end the sequester, to busy spending tax dollars to violate civil rights.
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If Zimmerman is found N/G, do you think obama will have a "beer summit" at the w/h for him?
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you know something, politically, he should, but he's so confident in the total corruption of the GOP, he's realistically untouchable. He would invite him to make points if our congress didn't approve his every corrupt move.
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On March 23, Catholics and pro-life groups in 140 cities—including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco—gathered at federal buildings nationwide to defend the freedom of the Church. Twenty two Catholic bishops and other public figures spoke at these rallies, attracting more than 50,000. What did you hear about in the MSM? Trayvon Martin.
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Since Martin was killed, how many other black kids have been murdered by other black kids?
Just wondering.
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I wish people would quit talking about impeachment! It's never going to happen! The Senate is firmly in the hands of the donks and they will NEVER impeach!
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And now the judge has informed the jury that they can consider a lesser charge of Manslaughter. This is because the Prosecutor and Judge have realized they don't have a ghost of a chance with the Murder 2 conviction. If that doesn't work they will charge him with littering for bleeding on the sidewalk. This is a kangaroo court, pure and simple.
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Yep. Just like I said, there's those CAPS. Watch out Holder.
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Yessir, when you see the ADULATION after an earnest pounder unleashes SICKENING, well, it surely shakes the republic to its roots. HOLY NEST OF SEDITION, yikes, mom, zombie halfwits hunting in packs! these folks are TERRIFYING!!

BANG! BANG!! BANG!!! BANG!!!!
FRENZY! FRENZY!! FRENZY!!! FRENZY!!!!

Next there'll be hiSSing and unclaSSy references to SHUTZSTAFFEL and SSERPENTSS OF MR SSATAN hiSSelf.
Duck, Cover, Brace for MPython's COMFY ARMCHAIR!!!
...and, maybe, the frown-that-will-not-turn-upside-down-moment when it becomes plain that most here are too limp and insipid to matter.
The panzers will flatten you on the way to the showers.
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When is it enough? Holder is a criminal! He has not respect for the law and has repeatedly demonstrated that he will not defend the Constitution that he has sworn under oath to uphold. He subborns purjury, he lies under oath, he knowingly brings false charges against American citizens based on his own criminal interpretation of the law based solely on race and not facts. He facilitates the commission of crimes and actively supports and sponsors criminal activity. He also pays for it with public funds. He is an accessory to criminal activity. So I say again, WHEN IS IT ENOUGH!!!!
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What's a tipping point? Is that where the libertarian and conservative keyboard warriors start typing IN CAPS?
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