DOJ Asks Civil Rights Groups, General Public for Tips on Zimmerman

Introduction — July 17, 2013

You have to ask why the corporate media seem to be working in concert with the U.S. Department of Justice to build a case against George Zimmerman? For its part the DOJ is asking for tips from various groups to pursue civil rights charges against the recently cleared Zimmerman.
While the corporate media, like MSNBC here, seems to be trying to stir indignation among the U.S. Black community.
Even President Obama got in on the action, telling reporters: “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”.
Obama’s comments may be cynical political opportunism but when the authorities, the corporate media and the U.S. president appear to be working together, you have to ask if something more isn’t going on? Is the Trayvon Martin case and controversy the media is building around it being used to distract the public’s attention?
Is this case, which by its very nature is guaranteed to generate controversy, being used to divert awareness from other issues? Like Edward Snowden’s revelations over widespread state surveillance?
Whatever the real reason behind the DOJ appeal for tips to help prosecute George Zimmerman, the case around him is beginning to assume the air of a witch hunt. This is especially so in view of the fact that a division of the Department of Justice helped organise and mange protests against Zimmermen.

DOJ Asks Civil Rights Groups, General Public for Tips on Zimmerman

Ben Shapiro — July 16, 2013

On Monday afternoon, the US Department of Justice appealed to civil rights groups and the general public across the country for “tips” on George Zimmerman in their pursuit of potential federal civil rights charges against the just-acquitted defendant in the Trayvon Martin killing. The DOJ actually went so far as to set up an e-mail address to allow such tips: The email address is slated to go operational by the end of the week.

Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law told the Orlando Sentinel that the DOJ had held a Monday conference call “calling on us to actively refer anyone who had any information” that would help build a case against Zimmerman. “They said they would very aggressively investigate this case,” Arnwine stated.

According to Arnwine, the call began at 3:30 p.m. with Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States DOJ, and representatives of the FBI on the line. Several prosecutors joined the call, too.

Arnwine listed off other organizations represented on the call, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the ACLU, and several “human relations” groups.

Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).


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