Eric Holder and the Department of Justice need our help and I, for one, am going to help them. I would ask you to help out as well because this is a time to come together as Americans and focus on bringing together our society during a difficult period.
Here’s the story from the Orlando Sentinel…
The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday afternoon appealed to civil rights groups and community leaders, nationally and in Sanford, for help investigating whether a federal criminal case might be brought against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, one advocate said.
The DOJ has also set up a public email address to take in tips on its civil rights investigation.
Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – who earlier in the day joined calls for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, said that later in the afternoon, she joined a U.S. Department of Justice conference call to discuss the prospects.
“They were calling on us to actively refer anyone who had any information,” that might build a case … “They said they would very aggressively investigate this case.”
Understand that the Department of Justice is facing a very high bar to find a civil rights violation or hate crime in Florida since the FBI has already investigated the incident and found no evidence of a hate crime. The six woman jury in Florida didn’t help matters either when they found Zimmerman not guilty and also found no evidence of profiling on Zimmerman’s part.
The Department of Justice has established an email address to send tips about profiling and we need to step up to the plate. I’ve passed on my tip and you should do the same. The email address is: Sanford.firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s the information I offered…
To Whom It May Concern,
I understand that you’re looking for information revealing profiling behavior in the Martin/Zimmerman case.
I would refer you to the testimony of Rachel Jeantel, where she indicated that Martin was referring to a “creepy ass cracka” which, according to her testimony and to an interview with Piers Morgan, is a derogatory reference to a homosexual. That profiling could well be what caused Martin to lay in wait and attack Mr. Zimmerman, breaking his nose and knocking him to the pavement where he told Zimmerman that he was “going to die” and began smashing his head into the pavement.
Such homophobic behavior is intolerable and should be investigated. Where did Mr. Martin learn that sort of behavior? What can be done to stop that sort of behavior in young people like Mr. Martin?
Thank you for investigating this unacceptable behavior and for searching for the root cause of this prejudice that led to him profiling Mr. Zimmerman.
Let’s help them out. It’s important for the nation. Remember to be polite and to point out the obvious which, of course, they are missing.