Trayvon Martin: DOJ Announces No Charges Against George Zimmerman

Pierre Thomas et al., ABC News, February 24, 2015

While the public waits for a Justice Department announcement over two separate investigations spurred by the summer shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, the department announced today it is closing its investigation into the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Justice Department officials met with Martin’s family today, and were told that they will not be filing charges against George Zimmerman, who shot the 17-year-old after a confrontation in 2012. Thursday marks three years to the day since Martin was killed.

Federal prosecutors concluded there is not sufficient evidence to prove Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Fla., intentionally violated Martin’s civil rights.

“Although the department has determined that this matter cannot be prosecuted federally, it is important to remember that this incident resulted in the tragic loss of a teenager’s life,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta of the Civil Rights Division said. “Our decision not to pursue federal charges does not condone the shooting that resulted in the death of Trayvon Martin and is based solely on the high legal standard applicable to these cases.” {snip}

Florida prosecutors tried to convict Zimmerman of state-level murder and manslaughter charges, but in July 2013 a jury acquitted him, saying prosecutors didn’t have enough evidence to prove their case.

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After Martin was killed, [Eric] Holder sat down his own teenage son to explain that–as unfair as it may be–young black men must often interact with police in a different way than others, he told an NAACP convention in July 2013. It was “a conversation I hoped I’d never have to have,” Holder added.

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Many accused Zimmerman of discriminating against Martin–essentially taking action against the teenager and ultimately killing him because Martin was black. Zimmerman is Hispanic.

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and FBI opened an investigation into the case, noting “experienced federal prosecutors” would determine “whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation” of federal law. In a statement, the department noted there are “limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction.”

Privately and publicly, Justice Department officials have been telegraphing all along that they were unlikely to file charges against Zimmerman. And in November 2013, Holder said the case against Zimmerman “in substantial part was resolved” with his acquittal months earlier.

Nevertheless, federal officials have insisted their civil-rights probe would be thorough and complete. Several months ago–nearly two years into the Justice Department’s investigation–Holder said federal investigators were still seeking to interview certain witnesses “as a result of some recent developments.”

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  • MekongDelta69

    This is my AmRen ‘feel-good’ article of the week – although it SHOULDN’T have come to this.

    Eric Hold ‘Em Up is seething…

    • If you want to feel even better, it looks like Reverend Wright’s daughter is going to federal prison for money laundering and fraud.

      • Blackfish

        Looks like the chickens are coming home to roost, eh Rev?!

  • If the Feds had anything at all, any case, they would have bought it long ago.

    The only reason the official announcement was held off this long was to time it such that it’s a long way from another election, and also Eric Holder has one foot out the door, just waiting on Loretta Lynch to be confirmed.

    • TruthBeTold

      They had nothing and they knew it. Holder wanted to look tough to ‘his people’. Holder was preaching to the choir.

      Holder waited until the story faded and all the troublemakers had dispersed.

  • Dave4088

    Whitey’s tax dollars down the drain. This whole investigation was undertaken just to placate the black supremacists of which 95% of blacks qualify since they voted for Hussein Mugabe.

  • TruthBeTold

    Tear open a bag of Skittles and pop open a can of Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail. It’s time to celebrate.

    • Katherine McChesney

      The things blacks eat and drink are sugary. No wonder they suffer from diabetes and obesity.

      • John Smith

        Yeah, but this was to mix with cough syrup to make “purple drank.”

      • ElComadreja

        They even pour maple syrup on fried chicken and waffles. Disgusting.

      • Nancy

        Teachers in the ghetto always dread November 1, the day after Halloween. The grade-school mini-thugs and mini-ho’s walk to school while shoveling pounds of candy in their mouths. (It’s their version of “Breakfast of Champions”.) You can see the crumpled candy wrappers all along the sidewalk. On that day, kids act even worse than usual, not so much from the sugar high as because they’ve heard that sugar makes kids hyper, so they deliberately act even more wild and unruly that day.

        By Nov. 2, they have no candy left.

  • Chip Carver

    Don’t worry. Some other inciting incident will occur. Soon. Maybe by tomorrow. There are millions of Trayvons who will make sure this happens.

    • Race War Provisions

      Hopefully we have an equal amount of Zimmerman’s to stick around.

  • Alex Dihes

    Obama plays golf with Angela Merkel. After a long shot Obama approaches Merkel, “Angela, may I use you as a woman, please”. – “Obama, you are crazy!” – “No, what I mean is my ball’s rolled into the Lady’s room”.

  • Luca

    The DOJ pretended to be doing something about a case they knew they had no business in even filing., They were just marking time and waiting for all the furor to die down, Since blacks have a short attention span and were side-tracked by Ferguson, the DOJ figured now is the time to break the news quietly. They went through the motions to appease the mob mentality.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    In before…If Obama had a son….(I hope)

    Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that the Department of Justice’s investigation found that the evidence available could not meet the “high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution,”

    Translation: No matter how hard we looked and how hard we tried, we couldn’t figure out a way to blame Whites for a Hispanic shooting a black thug.

    • Rachel Jeantel wasn’t a victim of poisoning. She’s just genetically an imbecile.

      • Reynardine

        Yes, she is. She’s a victim of poisoning from her mother and father.

    • Race War Provisions

      Ol’ Precious is an ugly boon!

  • JohnEngelman

    The police had better be on high alert for awhile.

  • superlloyd

    Zimmerman should sue the DOJ for harassment, breach of his human rights and unwarranted vilification amongst many other things. It’s disgraceful that Holder has only concentrated on personal racist vendettas. He has brought the DOJ down to the level of the open sewer.

    • Spikeygrrl

      “Zimmerman should sue the DOJ…”

      In both criminal and Family Court cases which drag on for years, after a while you just get TIRED. You’ll give up practically anything just to crawl into a hole and pull it in after you. Ask anyone who has been there. 🙁

  • John Smith

    They were just trying to exhaust his remaining assets with this malicious investigation and make sure he can never get back out from under.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      With no help from the lying media that continue to refer to Thug Martin as an “unarmed teenager.”

      From the article above, which I’ve edited for LIES and corrected for clarity and truth – in the name of social justice, of course:

      Justice Department officials met with Martin’s family today, and were told that they will not be filing charges against George Zimmerman, who shot the 17-year-old after a confrontation in 2012 in self-defense as Martin was beating Zimmerman to death against a sidewalk.

  • Epiminondas

    Remember, people: this all got started back in the nineties with the Rodney King case. The catastrophic Bush Boys got the ball rolling.

    • Guest

      You probably wouldn’t like the slant Hollyweird would put on it anyway.

  • David Ashton

    This story needs a novelist and then a good movie. It won’t get one.

    • RedOnTheHead

      You wouldn’t like the slant Hollyweird would put on it anyway.

      • David Ashton

        Point taken.

    • TruthBeTold

      I could imagine a scene in a Hollywood movie about Trayvon.

      The scene would open in a living room with a TV. The TV would be showing a documentary of the Klan. Throughout the scene, we would see people talking in front of and pacing around the TV in the background. We would see the images of the Klan as people talked about the incident.

      That’s how Hollywood subconscious brainwash programing works.

      • Spikeygrrl

        Speaking of stealth programming: Read up on NLP, compare to Soetoro’s speeches. How America Let This Schlitz Happen will become dazzlingly clear.

        • TruthBeTold

          Yes, I’m very sensitive to Neuro-linguistic programming which again is why movies turn me off.

          When I hear a one word that was used over another I have to ask myself ‘why did they pick that word instead of the more obvious word’?

          • Spikeygrrl

            My bete noir these days is “event.” Everything advertised is now an “EVENT!!!!” That meme has stuck for several years now, far longer than the usual lifespan for such fragile-because-they’re-moronic things.

  • Marilyn Rosen

    When does the rioting begin?

  • MBlanc46

    Vanita Gupta? Why is this person working for the DoJ?

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Why is a person like Eric Holder working for the DOJ?

      • MBlanc46

        Indeed, but at least his name sounds American.

      • Because we have a critter like Oogabooga in the Oval Office. Heck; you asked!

  • fgbrunner3

    Did someone put Eric Holder in a straight jacket?

  • Doomispixulated

    I predict some precedent setting BS case in the not too distant future that will make it easier to bang up future Zimmerman’s. America is not done with the Holder types, the US government is full of them, especially under Obama.

  • Caucasoid88

    The creation of the ethnic group White Hispanic says all you need to know about the media.

  • Strider73

    As an added bonus, this news arrives just before the anniversary of Traythug’s arrival in hell, which is now known as “Dead Thugs Day.” On Feb. 26 all law-abiding persons celebrate the deaths of those thugs killed by citizens (not cops) during the previous 12 months, congratulate the citizens who killed them, and resolve to increase the thug body count in the next 12 months.

    I have zilch to do with Twitter, but “#DeadThugsDay” looks like a good hashtag for anyone who wants to pick it up and run with it.

  • Alfonso Bergamo

    Call me racist , but you can t vote blacks in public office.. You will be very sorry if there is a next time

    • Nancy

      Dude, you must be new. NOBODY here will call you “racist”. Not even Engleman.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    The only tragedy is what was done to Mr. Zimmerman.

  • Spikeygrrl

    It’s a beginning.

  • Marilyn Rosen

    I could hardly understand that lady who testified. It was Rachel I think? She barely had an expression. I’m sorry but I needed captions when she got on the stand. And how can she be a star witness when she wasn’t there? Don’t you have to witness something?

    • People with that many fat rolls don’t have real facial expressions.

    • Nancy

      Want to hear true Negro enunciation? Google last year’s National Collegiate Debate winners, Towson University.

      • Marilyn Rosen

        Omg I did!! I laughed so hard..I thought it was a joke!

  • newscomments70

    The Washington Times displayed the very old child photo of Travyon, not the most recent, thuggish photos…basically, what he really looked like. Liberals will never stop playing silly games.