With Criminal Case Closed, Justice Department Will Restart Hate Crime Inquiry

Eric Lipton, New York Times, July 14, 2013

The Justice Department said Sunday that it was restarting its investigation into the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin to consider possible separate hate crime charges against George Zimmerman.

Mr. Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Mr. Martin, was acquitted of all charges by a jury late Saturday.

The federal inquiry, which was started shortly after the shooting last year but had been delayed while the state criminal trial in Florida was under way, was being restarted after civil rights leaders called on the Justice Department to re-examine the case. The leaders said Sunday that they remained convinced that the shooting had a racial element. {snip}

“There is a pattern of George Zimmerman making dozens of calls to 911 over several years, frequently about young men of color,” Benjamin T. Jealous, the president of the N.A.A.C.P., said in an interview on Sunday. {snip}

In a statement on Sunday, the Justice Department said that now that the state criminal trial was over, it would continue its examination of the circumstances in the shooting. “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,” the statement said.

The department sets a high bar for such a prosecution. {snip}


Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. hinted at those challenges last year.

“We have to prove the highest standard in the law,” Mr. Holder said at a news conference in April 2012. “Something that was reckless, that was negligent, does not meet that standard. We have to show that there was specific intent to do the crime with the requisite state of mind.”

Criminal charges under federal hate crime law have increased significantly during the Obama administration. Between 2009 and 2012, the Justice Department prosecuted 29 percent more such cases than in the previous three fiscal years. {snip}

The increase is in part because of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, enacted in 2009, which removed a requirement that a victim had to be engaged in a federally protected activity, like voting or going to school.


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  • IstvanIN

    I am against the entire concept of “hate crimes”. If someone attacks someone else simply because of their race they should be charged with assault, murder, rape or whatever crime they actually committed, regardless of who they like or do not like.

    Now, with that said, it has been clear that Zimmerman shot St. Trayvon® in self defense. What should his opinion of blacks have anything to do with anything? Now, we know that Zimmerman was a black defender prior to this event, but even if he absolutely hated blacks that should in no way deny him the right to defend himself against being beaten and murdered.

    We now live in the Soviet Union.

    • jane johnson

      I would be willing to bet that more violent crimes are committed in the name of love than in the name of hate. So…in this upside down postmodern world where there is no objective truth, and everything is relative, shouldn’t there be “love crime” laws, too?

      • Sick of it

        Supposedly the socialists love everyone, but they’ve killed more people than any other group in all of human history.

      • capnmorgan5150

        Wouldn’t “love crime” be rape? I wuz jus gibbin u sum luv, baby.

        • jane johnson

          Actually, that IS one of the crimes I had in mind; along with Muslim “honor killings”, domestic violence, child molestation,…

          Of course, the concept of “love crimes” is just as ludicrous as that of “hate crimes”, because they all amount to thought crimes. I guess the Founders never thought to add our minds to the 4th Amendment. Maybe they should have.

    • Mark Hillyard

      Well what are they going to call it? “A love crime?”
      Sorry! Had to ask.

      • IstvanIN

        Thought crimes shouldn’t exist. Period.

      • jane johnson

        They should call it what it is: a thought crime. But that would scare the hell out of even liberals.

    • John Smith

      “I am against the entire concept of “hate crimes”. If someone attacks someone else simply because of their race they should be charged with assault, murder, rape or whatever crime they actually committed, regardless of who they like or do not like.”

      ^ True. Passing laws “abridging the freedom of speech” is unconstitutional. Passing laws against thought is a human right violation.

    • Dave4088

      Based on all the coverage I’ve seen, if there was even a scintilla of evidence that Zimmerman disliked blacks chances are the verdict would have turned out differently. So, express the wrong political opinions and forget about facts of the case even if they absolve you of any guilt.

      This country is indeed a black faced communist hell.

  • shawnmer

    Mr Jealous, there is a “pattern” of “young men of color” engaging in acts that necessitate a lot of 911 calls!

    • me

      Holder is a homicidal racist/Marxist that is wielding too much power, and wants to ‘stick it’ to ‘Whitey’. This much power should NEVER be in a Bantu’s hands. Hasn’t Holder ever heard of the term DOUBLE JEPORDY?

  • sbuffalonative

    An internet rumor has it that the DOJ is looking into a new thought crime called ‘Racial Hostility’.

    • JohnEngelman

      If they imprison us for Racial Hostility, we will be able to have AR conferences every week with Jared Taylor in the prison yard.

      • me

        ‘Racial Hostility’ is an exclusive privilege of the Bantus….

      • They’d put us each in separate cells in the SHU for that; unapproved meetings are a no-no in the hoosgow.

  • The__Bobster

    Double jeopardy isn’t allowed ….except when a sacred Bantu is harmed. Then all bets are off.

  • RHG

    The only evidence presented at trial that there was racial animus between these two was on Trayvon Martins part with his “creepy ass cracker” slur. In fact, there is evidence that Zimmerman wasn’t even sure what race Martin was.

    • The__Bobster

      Besides, there is evidence that Zimmerman loved blacks. I wonder if he still does.

      • Sick of it

        He’s part black…surely he can forgive and forget.

      • OlderWoman

        Zimmerman’s father has written an e-book that is available on Amazon for $3.99. He is very specific naming the racism of the NAACP, the CBC and Ben Jealous. I don’t have the link but it is ‘googleable’ *grin*

    • MBlanc46

      Evidence, schmevidence. The facts don’t matter here. What matters here is that Zimmerman be punished for killing St. Skittles.

  • The__Bobster

    The increase is in part because of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, enacted in 2009, which removed a requirement that a victim had to be engaged in a federally protected activity, like voting or going to school.

    Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.? Really? Both of these crimes were later investigated and the motivation behind them wasn’t what the media are still repeating even though they know the truth.

    http://abcnews.go. com/2020/story?id=277685&page=1#.UeSCKNzD-zc

    • Shepard, for instance was a meth addict who knew his killers and owed them money for drugs.

      • OlderWoman

        Shepard was also a homosexual bully.

    • Sick of it

      Wow…turning some sort of argument over drugs into a hate crime. Meth heads do a LOT of stupid and violent things.

  • bigone4u

    Holder’s counterpart in ancient Israel got a conviction on a man named Jesus the first try. Our modern day Pontius Pilote gets at least one more try. When logic, law, and evidence are set aside, anyone can be convicted of the imaginary crime of “hate.” The federal government once again proves that like Pilate, it is the enemy of the people (the white people anyway). I feel like I’m living in a science fiction story set in the Twilight Zone.

    • Sick of it

      Pilate tried to let him go, but the Jews chose a murderer instead.

      • bigone4u

        Allegedly, the crowd had a choice, Jesus or Barabbas, and the crowd yelled, “Give us Barabbas.” That was the Hollywood version anyway (starring the great Jack Palance).

        • Sick of it

          “Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

          Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?

          For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

          But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

          The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.

          Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.

          And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

          When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

          Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.” Matthew 27:15-25

  • Creepy as a cracker!

    A political persecution with a state sanctioned lynching!

  • Athling

    There is a pattern of George Zimmerman making dozens of calls to 911 over several years, frequently about young men of color… Benjamin T. Jealous, the president of the N.A.A.C.P., said in an interview on Sunday.

    Why yes, Benjamin, the crime stats for young men of color provides a ready answer for that.

    Also, it now appears that toddler Travon had indeed burgled the hood and was caught with a bag full of women’s jewlry.

    It was that M-DSPD internal affairs investigation which revealed in October 2011 Trayvon Martin was searched by School Resource Officer, Darryl Dunn. The search of Trayvon Martin’s backpack turned up at least 12 pcs of ladies jewelry, and a man’s watch, in addition to a flat head screwdriver described as “a burglary tool”.

    And, of course, the Sanford PD covered up the story.

    The report can be read at “theconservativetreehouse(.)com /2013/05/01/m-dspd-cover-up-the-curious-case-of-trayvon-martins-backpack-with-stolen-jewelry-and-burglary-tool/”

    • David Ashton

      This fact needs to be pushed out there – hard.

      • George

        A listing of the dead thuglet’s school suspensions may be found in many media outlets in articles dated 26 March 2012. Check the Daily Mail (UK), NBC and CBS. TM claimed that the items, although in his backpack, were not his. They were given to him by a friend, whom he declined to name.
        As we are all aware, young black males (thugs or children, depending on one’s point of view) are very much in the habit of giving gifts of women’s jewellery to each other. It’s a token of ‘respect’ and esteem, but the giver must remain secret.

        • David Ashton

          And screwdrivers?

  • dd121

    Zim was acquitted of the state crime of murder. If the Feds, who are controlled by leftists, don’t like a verdict they can come in behind the state charge and bludgeon you with a “hate crime” charge. It’s double jeopardy, it’s says the state verdict doesn’t count, it nullifies the rule of law, it’s un-American and it’s evil.

    • George

      A civil rights violation is different. It is theoretically possible that Zimmerman is not guilty of murder or homicide in putting down the thug, but that in so doing, he may have breached the federal civil rights law.
      I agree with you about ‘hate crime’ laws, though. Any action that would trigger a ‘hate crime’ charge is already an illegal act. Being charged with a hate crime punishes not the act itself (already covered under statute) but rather one’s thoughts.

      • dd121

        When Congress gave in to “hate crime” laws I knew the Constitution was on life-support. Those laws allow the feds to cast a wide net to prosecute and persecute anybody they want to go after. They hold the trials in big cities and convene all black juries. They always get a conviction with “their people”. It’s evil, pure evil.

  • Mark Hillyard

    After several encounters with the old Black Panther Party in the 1970’s you could have labeled my as an extreme Racist. Before those encounters I had almost no contact with any Black people at all, and no judgement formed in my mind for or against the Black Race. First impression’s and all that.
    I did go to counseling on my own accord through the Veteran’s Administration’s PTSD program and another and got that under control. I didn’t fall in love with the Black People but I was able to douse the flames of my incredible hatred towards you people. Hate is difficult to live with on your own and for family and friends. I know what a RACIST is and George Zimmerman doesn’t hold a dim candle to me, ask me and I’ll tell you. My limited number of friends would say the same.
    George Zimmerman is not a racist and I can say that because I was one for over Forty Years, except that I did allow that their kids cry just like mine.

  • OhWow

    This case is central to the white enlightenment. In a strange way, all this anti-white hate is great publicity for views like AmRen. It thrusts our ideas onto the national stage. Clearly whites are waking up all over…look at the comments on any news site, forum, etc…whites are tired and fed up with the blacks’ antics. We are coming out of the whole “hug a black person and worship them because historically people were mean to them” phase and entering the “cry me a river, you guys are the real racists” phase. The liberal media can no longer hide their agenda…it’s out there for all to see. I honestly think the only way these racial tensions are ever settled once and for all is a race war. So in a strange way I encourage massive violent riots so we can retaliate with force.

  • Dave4088

    The not guilty verdict is a lesson in white Hispanic skin privilege. Timmywise needs to update his road show to account for this.

  • George

    Yesterday and today, I went to three different convenience stores. I purchased a can of iced tea and a bag of Skittles.
    Each time, I told the clerk ‘I’m buying these because I’m alive, and the drug-using racist thief who made this combo famous isn’t. Justice for America was done’.
    Four smiled at me. One scowled. One said ‘What do you mean he was racist’? To which I explained ‘creepy ass cracker’ and ‘you gonna die today, white boy’. I also explained about his thievery, drug use and mixed martial arts. As I was explaining, her expression changed. She said ‘I didn’t know any of that. This changes things, doesn’t it’?

  • c684570

    So we are not allowed to ever perceive a Black person as suspicious?

  • Yale2001

    The FBI already investigated and found no proof. Now the ignorant Holder and his cronies think they can find something else. LOL! I do know we could find racist motivations within the DOJ.

  • ncpride

    Wouldn’t be necessary if your ilk would stop following us EVERYWHERE we go, demanding to be a part of our neighborhoods, schools and communities.

  • Frans

    The stupids outnumber the intelligent in this country and they reproduce like flies. Civilization is doomed.