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Why is the DOJ organizing Racially Based Protests? Will they also help organize the Riots, if Zimmerman is found not guilty?

Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Detail Role of Justice Department in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests

Document: DOJ Community Relations Service was deployed to 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.”
Washington, D.C. – Judicial Watch announced today that has obtained documents in response to local, state, and federal records requests revealing that a little-known unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Community Relations Service (CRS), was deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.

JW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requested with the DOJ on April 24, 2012; 125 pages were received on May 30, 2012. JW administratively appealed the request on June 5, 2012, and received 222 pages more on March 6, 2013. According to the documents:

  • 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?

From a Florida Sunshine Law request filed on April 23, 2012, JW received thousands of pages of emails on April 27, 2012, in which was found an email by Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board Program Officer Amy Carswell from April 16, 2012: “Congratulations to our partners, Thomas Battles, Regional Director, and Mildred De Robles, Miami-Dade Coordinator and their co-workers at the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service for their outstanding and ongoing efforts to reduce tensions and build bridges of understanding and respect in Sanford, Florida” following a news article in the Orlando Sentinel about the secretive “peacekeepers.”

In reply to that message, Battles said: “Thank you Partner. You did lots of stuff behind the scene to make Miami a success. We will continue to work together.” He signed the email simply Tommy.

Carswell responded: “That’s why we make the big bucks.”

Set up under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the DOJ’s CRS, the employees of which are required by law to “conduct their activities in confidence,” reportedly has greatly expanded its role under President Barack Obama. Though the agency claims to use “impartial mediation practices and conflict resolution procedures,” press reports along with the documents obtained by Judicial Watch suggest that the unit deployed to Sanford, FL, took an active role in working with those demanding the prosecution of Zimmerman.

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.”

– See more at: http://www.judicialwatch.org./press-room/press-releases/documents-obtained-by-judicial-watch-detail-role-of-justice-department-in-organizing-trayvon-martin-protests/#sthash.BaSfrncy.dpuf

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14 thoughts on “The Politics of Racial Division

  1. Why is the DOJ organizing Racially Based Protests?

    The shooting occurred a little before the election, Florida is a swing state, black turnout would therefore be critical for an Obama win.

    The whole trial is beginning to resemble the Duke Lacrosse case.

  2. “Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board Program Officer Amy Carswell … “That’s why we make the big bucks.”

    Sounds like the kind of parasite who couldn’t make an honest buck in the productive economy. But hey, without government who will shovel all your bucks to Community Relations Board Program Officers?

    The whole thing sounds pretty damning. Sanford police are prepping for LBJ’s grandkids burning the place down while some feds are up to some pretty murky community organising on the other side.

    Another couple Obamas and the place will look like his homeland.

  3. no you think so?

    but the point is this is a violation of the law, committed by Eric Holder. Now mind you he already has been caught twice lying under oath regarding fast and furious. The DC Attorney General however has refused to bring charges against his boss making him essentially above the law.

  4. 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.”

    The next sentence which you left out is “The City of Sanford requested CRS technical assistance in response to an anticipated”

    So the DOJ isn’t organizing protests.

  5. 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.”

    Why is a police chief standing down at the behest of the NAACP?

  6. The prosecutors look like idiots. I bet Zimmerman walks. I think the guy’s a complete tool but hey, innocent until proven guilty

    I’d like to see Few’s valid point at 9:13 addressed or rebutted if possible.

  7. 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.”
    The next sentence which you left out is “The City of Sanford requested CRS technical assistance in response to an anticipated”
    So the DOJ isn’t organizing protests

    So classic basic bait and switch by right world loud mouths

  8. I didn’t leave anything out, there is no bait and switch, your just someone who likes to poke holes where they don’t exist/

    A spanish guy kill a black kid NBC calls the Spanish guy white, the president says the black kid looks like my son, The police don’t charge the spanish guy because it’s a simple matter of self defense.

    Al Sharpton and Eric Holder working together get the prosecutor to file bullshit charges and the police cheif fired. As someone said it makes good campaign fodder.

    Few and EP if your both to stupid to follow what is being reported in the telegraph as well as some American press I can’t help you. Comprehension has never been either of you two’s gift

    but calling this a right world bait and switch is a symptom of Bush derangement syndrome. just substitute right world for bush.

    The AG committed crimes… AGAIN, but that’s right world fault

    Your intelligence speaks for itself

  9. Spanish guys are white except to racists.

    No Spanish guys in America are Latin called hispanic usually mexican or puerto rican.

    EP your an idiot, and just a nasty fart. You have no interest in any of this except to try and screw with me, shame you lack the ability.

    This case is the Lynching of a man being organized by the racist Attorney General of the United States.

    I would rather have no comments on my posts than the bile ridden spewing of you and Daphne.

    You now call me a racist, so be it. I’ll just call you what you have proven to be over and over. An Asshole.

    Now gee wasn’t that a nice exchange. Your ilk provides such good debating points, making such clear and precise arguments that demonstrate your position.

    Your just sad and pathetic, I give you nothing but pity.

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