NAACP to US AG: File Civil Rights Charges Against George Zimmerman

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has sent a letter to the United States Attorney General regarding the verdict in the wake of the not guilty verdict in the homicide trial of former George Zimmerman. (And created an online petition.) Text as follows:

Attorney General Eric Holder,

The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida’s prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder since it began. Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act . . .

The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin. We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.

Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today.

Thank you.

comments

  1. avatar Dave S says:

    I thought the FBI did a preliminary study of civil rights violations and concluded it wasnt an issue?

    Did I hear that wrong?

    1. avatar Rattlerjake says:

      How about the DOJ filing civil rights charges against all of these black murderers and attackers: http://youtu.be/u4Y_lOCiy2s and http://www.wnd.com/2012/09/black-mob-violence-and-the-media-silence/

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      Nope. They decided it was not a racially motivated crime and moved on to other things.

      1. avatar Curious George says:

        Correct. There is no evidence whatsoever to indicate that it was racially motivated. Throw in that Zimmerman has black great grandparents, black neighbors, black friends, and mentored two black kids, . . . .

        1. avatar john says:

          A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer. good luck with a civil lawsuit 🙂

          776.012 Use of force in defense of person.—A person is justified in using force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:
          (1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony;

  2. avatar Matt in FL says:

    I believe you have an error in the first sentence. My dad (mah daddy!) told me many years ago that NAACP stood for National Association for the Advancement of Certain People.

    Something about how they pick and choose their causes, much like the ACLU doesn’t use 2 to count to 10.

    Just thought you’d like to know.

    Back to reality, wouldn’t this case be kinda hard to push, with the FBI determining that not only was GZ’s racism level zero, but that it was probably actually a negative value?

    1. avatar WA_2A says:

      Stop right there, you nutjob! Your rational logic is no match for the mighty RACE CARD!

  3. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    If the DOJ files charges I’ll donate a month’s ammo bill to the GZ defense fund.

    1. avatar Ash says:

      Who cares

      1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

        You’re free to write your own check out to the DOJ. Just make the check out to “Treasury of the United States”.

  4. avatar Bob says:

    Leave it to the government to do the wrong thing. That’s what they do best.

    1. avatar Mr Pierogie says:

      Of course. You know what’s a travesty? It’s that the person who was attacked by a thug and acted in self defense was forced to go on trial to prove his innocence. The only aggressor was Trayvon, the only racist comments were uttered by Trayvon, his phone text messages showed that he liked to get into fights and was a self-proclaimed wanna be gangster (btw it’s beyond me why this was not admissible as evidence)….And yet it was his victim, Zimmerman, who had to go to trial because of political pressure on the police department to file charges which were completely unwarranted. Now that’s a travesty.

  5. avatar JW says:

    Ummm, since Zimmerman is half Peruvian doesn’t that make him a “minority” too? I have no doubt that forces exist in this nation to divide us along artificial lines of race. This case was profoundly complex and had more to do with poverty and patterns of local crime than race.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Not only a minority, but a “person of color.” My brain hurts…

  6. avatar Rattlerjake says:

    What I find interesting is that the government can file erroneous charges against an individual when in a court of law he was found innocent, not guilty, acquitted! This to me seems like a form of double jeopardy, he’s being brought up on additional charges in a case that there is NO new evidence.

  7. avatar LongBeach says:

    F$ck them. Play up that victim status as long as you can, NAACP.

  8. avatar Ropingdown says:

    “If George Zimmerman were black, he never would have been charged with a crime.” Mark O’Mara, ten minutes ago. It is time for the mau-mauing to end. We are spending billions every year to ameliorate racial conflict. When it is intentionally created the bill should be sent to those who fuel it. All the current behavior does, by Sharpton, the media, the NAACP, is encourage increasing defensive segregation. That is the wrong message.

    1. avatar Melquiades says:

      So true.

  9. avatar Tommy Knocker says:

    There is one very cynical part of me that wishes the commie AG does prosecute Zman. Just to shake this country, to wake it up. But then I realize how unfair that would be to Zman. I just wish him god speed in getting his life back.

    1. avatar OldBenTurninginGrave says:

      After what Holder has already done? Prosecuting Zimmerman would be a crime, but if what Holder has already done isn’t enough to get him ousted from office I don’t know what it would take.

      1. avatar AJ says:

        Holding him accountable would be racist.

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      And God speed in successfully suing all and sundry for libel and defamation of character.

  10. avatar Bob says:

    If Zimmerman is a “white hispanic” then mustn’t Obama be a “white black”?

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      White is a race, Hispanic is an ethnicity. So the answer to your question is no.

      1. avatar fanfare ends says:

        Acording to the DOJ, Hispanic is a race only when the hispanic is a victim.

        And Barack Hussein Obama is Halfrican.

      2. avatar Bob says:

        OK, so Obama is a white African?

      3. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

        Mulatto.

        1. avatar Jandrews says:

  11. avatar Kirk says:

    Some sober advice for Americans interested in the Civil Society, which clearly excludes Al Not-So Sharpton and the NAACP and corrupticrat Eric Holder:

    https://guardamerican.com/index.php/blog/146-crime-punishment/915-zimmerman-not-guilty

    Police helicopters over some particular blocks in San Franciso, right now.

    1. avatar Kyle says:

      I like that, Al Not-So-Sharpton and “Corrupticrat.”

    2. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      What, no gun fiddling?!?

  12. avatar Pat says:

    Dirty, filthy race hustlers.

  13. avatar Kyle says:

    They argue that right to life is the most fundamental of civil rights, but I bet they are also among those arguing to ban guns.

    That said, the NAACP showed themselves to be complete hypocrites in the Virginia Tech case, where they argued that the Virginia Tech boys be tried in the same area where the crime occurred (which would have meant an incredibly biased jury). Yet, it was they, the NAACP, who had originally fought for this very measure of having people tried in areas different from where the crime occurred originally as a way to protect black people.

    So their credibility is a bit dinged.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      What credibility? Their relevance disappeared decades ago.

  14. avatar Kory says:

    Double Jeopardy – case dismissed.

    1. avatar Gadsd N. Flagg says:

      Different jurisdictions, different “offense” – idiocy may proceed. But let’s hope not.

    2. avatar Rossi.38 says:

      Nope. It doesn’t count as double jeopardy if the charges in the second case are different. They tried OJ a second time….the scary part for zimmerman is that the standard of proof is lower for civil cases than it is for criminal cases

      1. avatar Mark N. says:

        Federal civil rights action s may include criminal charges. Recall that the LAPD got off in the criminal case brought after beating the crap out of Rodney King, but later several officers were convicted in federal court of criminal civil rights violations. Same thing with the KKK guys who blew up some churches in the south, found not guilty by (all white male juries), many years later convicted by the feds for civil rights violations. It’s not double jeopardy because it is brought by a different sovereign.

        1. avatar Edwin Herdman says:

          I know it won’t be popular to say it, but also note that the Federal charges in the cases you cite clearly needed to be brought and won.

          Anyway, I think they might as well ask about it. George Zimmerman’s history in the community with two black guys having robbed a home obviously – to my eyes – caused him not to see who Martin was, not to address him in a respectful manner – even if you stop right there, you see that Zimmerman was probably not in the right insofar as how he was viewing Martin.

          I suppose there’s an issue here of “race” and then race – there’s “race” in the form of “those dirty racists.” I doubt George Zimmerman is your classic racist – more like the state cop who has gotten tired of dealing with the statistics and has it coloring his perception of individuals. But I think it’s important to say that we all owe it to each other not to view the other guy as just a type or kind, but as an individual.

          Does that mean a civil rights violation charge will stick? Heck no. But it does need to be said because I think there’s ample evidence Zimmerman’s view of Martin was wrong. Not “go to jail for murder” wrong, no, but still wrong.

  15. avatar Liberty2Alpha says:

    So, the State of Florida’s lynching was unsuccessful, so please, Feds, get on it?

    This is my surprised face.

  16. avatar Paul53 says:

    The jury has spoken. Now send in the clowns! It’s all so predictable, guess I’m just getting too cynical in my old age (is it possible to be too cynical anymore?). When can we declare the race wars and civil rights battles over? We’d no longer need attention seekers to place their rubber stamp opinions on everything.

    1. avatar Rich Grise says:

      I’m not a cynic – I’m an informed optimist.

      1. avatar Hobbez says:

        If you are an American and a cynic, then you have Aspergers, just ask any shrink or pharma company. And since your crazy now, you can’t have firearms anymore, sorry.

  17. avatar BRY says:

    If I were George Zimmerman, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be on my mind: “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty, I’m free at last.”

    1. avatar Paul53 says:

      Great point with a hidden agenda. Freedom is for all races creeds, etc. Martin Luther King Jr was a great leader, well ahead of his time.

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      He can think it, but if he ever says it, they’ll kill him for sure.

  18. avatar stateisevil says:

    HAHAHA.

    Seriously though, if that happened just bring on the revolution.

  19. avatar Shwiggie says:

    National Association for the Advancement of Certain People…at the expense of Certain Other People. Not only that, but in an age where the leader of the Free World is black, how much more advancement do they expect? At some point you’d think this group would realize that the advancement of certain members of their constituency isn’t being held down so much as they are tripping over their own shoelaces.

    This action by the NAACP (not to mention all their other instances of buffoonery) only makes the organization look small. And the race they purport to represent deserves better than that.

    1. avatar Hobbez says:

      NAACP = KKK for blacks

      1. avatar Shawn says:

        KKK FOR BLACKS REALLY
        WHY DID THAT FAT BOY GET OUT THE CAR IT’S TIME TO SHOW YA RACIST BITCHES HOW THIS FEEL
        TURN THE OHTER CHEEK AND GET IT BROKE TO THIS NOT 1965 and you better no it!!

        1. avatar Aharon says:

          Shawn,

          Are you being serious and is this how you normally write or are you trying to be sarcastically amusing?

        2. avatar Jus Bill says:

          Thank you for that, Mr. Jealousy.

        3. avatar Pat says:

          Go join the Skittle eater in hell, Shawn.

  20. avatar Aharon says:

    I think RF should contact GZ to write his book.

  21. avatar DerryM says:

    If the Holder Justice Department (an oxymoron) files charges based on the NAACP’s letter, it will be a demonstration of the kind of Law Enforcement abuse we can expect from the Obama Administration and the Socialist Progressive Democrats until they are voted out of office. These people and the “Public” they represent only understand the Law as they choose to and do not hesitate to pervert it to their political ends.

  22. avatar Out_Fang_Thief says:

    They wanted George Zimmerman arrested and jailed, they got it.
    They wanted George Zimmerman to be “white” Hispanic, they got it.
    They wanted George Zimmerman charged with uhhh???, they got it.
    They wanted George Zimmerman tried for 2nd D-murder, they got it.
    They wanted George Zimmerman convicted, they got it,…in the shorts!

    Now they want the government to overturn the jury’s verdict,
    to overcome a social injustice, to overreach for social justice,
    to punish George Zimmerman for Trayvon Martin’s death.

    1. avatar Derrick says:

      It’s just like the gun control debate. They just want a vote, they deserve a vote. John McCain says so. But then they stamp their feet and hoot and holler when they don’t get their way. Poor things. ………..NOT.

  23. avatar Andy says:

    Well I don’t see any civil rights violation,I see political racism coming,Boobama is black,holder is black,the ones pushing for another trial are black,Sharpton,and we still haven’t heard from Jesse yet,but I am sure we will and he will probably jump on the wagon too!Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.

  24. avatar LongPurple says:

    Laughable.
    The prosecution tried to say Zimmerman was the aggressor and Martin was the one calling for help. When that failed, they went through a series of “maybe this is what happened”, and “it could have happened like this”. When those “alternatives” fell flat, they pushed for the absurdity of charging Zimmerman with “child abuse”.
    That was too much stupidity for the judge to go along with.
    Now we see the racists attempting to grasp at yet another straw, one that has already been ruled out by an FBI investigation.

    Just when you think the racists have reached the limit of stupidity, they reach way down deep and out-do themselves.

  25. avatar Hannibal says:

    All of these groups should be required, in order to have any standing, to verify before the verdict (but after the trial) that the process has been unfair. If they think it’s fair up to the point where the jury goes into deliberation, tough shit.

  26. avatar Roadrunner says:

    Trying to figure out how Zimmerman was a state actor for purposes of a civil rights charge. In the Rodney King farce, at least the cops were government employees. Neighborhood watch volunteer? Not that the law matters for the current regime. It’s more like an obstacle than something to follow.

  27. avatar jirdesteva says:

    Why don’t they (NAACP) go after all the CONVICTED murderers first for violating the civil rights of their victims. The media doesn’t put any coverage of other murder trials on the air. How about equal airtime for the murder trials in Chicago?

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Why doesn’t the NAACP look into the daily killings in Detroit?

  28. avatar DaveL says:

    Maybe some of the lawyers in the house can set me straight, but I thought that ordinary violation of one civilians’ civil rights by another was a civil matter. I’m looking through 18 USC Chapter 13 (Civil rights-related crimes) and we’ve got:

    “§ 241. Conspiracy against rights
    § 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law
    § 243. Exclusion of jurors on account of race or color
    § 244. Discrimination against person wearing uniform of armed forces
    § 245. Federally protected activities
    § 246. Deprivation of relief benefits
    § 247. Damage to religious property; obstruction of persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs
    § 248. Freedom of access to clinic entrances
    § 249. Hate crime acts”

    None of the above would seem to apply.

    1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      Any time a white (hispanic) man kills a black man it’s a hate crime. Not vice versa though.

      1. avatar Roadrunner says:

        …which would seem to present a dilemma to the race baiters. Despite the media’s best efforts, it’s out that Z is Hispanic. Now the tactic of pitting the races against each other threatens to backfire when the Left alienates Hispanics in favor of blacks. Wile E. Coyote blowing himself up. Nothing could be more deserved.

        1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

          Yes, but the Zman is a WHITE hispanic.

  29. avatar shawn says:

    Zimmerman is colored. Whoops, forgot blacks are the only colored people. How is it obama is black and zimmerman is white? What about all of those terroristic threat certain people are making? What about all the black on white crime that does not get reported?

  30. avatar truth be told says:

    Listen to this man….

    1. avatar Aharon says:

      Thanks for posting the video. I only watched the first few minutes since I have to get going soon yet the speaker is making some good points about Obama’s starting a “rce war”.

      IMO, based on Obama’s biased and racist reaction to the shooting death of TM one wonders (along with all his other behaviors and policies) if Obama wouldn’t welcome a “race war” or increased domestic social unreast (race based violence) of some magnitude so he could do the “taking advantage of a crisis” and react with a vast ratcheting up of the modern American police state, new laws, and increased gun control. Just some thoughts.

  31. avatar flboots says:

    Show that the NAACP are racist.

  32. avatar TRUTHY says:

    um, only GOVERNMENT employees can be charged with civil rights violations.

  33. avatar Aaron says:

    Why don’t you change his photo to a nonprisoner one?

  34. avatar Matt in FL says:

    The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that more than 380,000 people have signed the petition, some 250,000 through the NAACP’s site, and another 140,000 through MoveOn.org.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Just shows that race, along with sex, sells.
      And you can’t fix stupid.

  35. avatar Fred says:

    So, it is now completely legal to bring a gun to a fist fight in the State of Florida?

    I am a strong supporter of an individual’s right to defend himself with appropriate force, but that’s clearly not what happened here.

    1. avatar Frodo says:

      Well Fred if you attack someone using your fists
      do not whine when someone uses something a bit stronger to defend themselves.

      Using your mentality if someone attacks you with a knife then you can only use a knife to defend yourself. Odd way of looking at things you have.

      1. avatar Anonymous says:

        I agree with Frodo Baggins. Why are you in a fist fight to begin with?? Now that you know that a person you are about to beat down has a gun – maybe you should go ahead and not start that fist fight.

  36. avatar tt says:

    The primary individual speaking racist and speaking against a race or class of people exercising their rights are once again being attacked. No other race is ever scrutinized for standing for what they beleive in…..racists. George should have followed directives. He was told to stay in his car and not follow. Anyone who states they would not defend themselves if someone is following you even after you attempted to avoid the conflict is a lie and GOD will judge your heart. If he (George) had not taken the law in upon himself, this 17 year old child would have been alive for another day. Zimmerman caused these problems for himself, his family, for Trayvon, for Trayvon family and friends, for the people of that community, the jurors and their family, for the entire Nation. …All he had to do was stay in his car and not follow.

    1. avatar JuanCudz says:

      Didn’t a wise man once say ” For evil to triumph all is required is for good men to do nothing”. Should we all ‘stay in our cars’ while neighbourhoods are terrorised, including yours?

    2. avatar Anonymous says:

      He was told to stay in his car and not follow.

      He was told by the 911 receiver – hardly an authority of any kind. I don’t take my queues from 911 receiver’s either.

      First, I don’t know why you are making this a race thing. If it was a suspicious white man in a hoodie Zimmerman still may have taken chase. Zimmerman was not known to be a racist. His family even mentored black children. Second, the whole story cannot be proven, therefore this is not a good case for civil rights measures to push on. If this was a white cop beating a black kid to death because he was swimming at the white swimming pool I would be with you 100%.

      No one was there and saw exactly what happened. He was not proved innocent – he was proved not guilty. Here in the US we are innocent until proven guilty (and that is certainly the best way). A jury discussed, deliberated, and all the evidence was presented to them and the jury found the evidence for second degree murder “not there.” Justice is done – as best possible.

    3. avatar Matt in FL says:

      “He was told to stay in his car and not follow.”

      Completely, utterly false. Stop spouting things you heard on TV until you’ve looked at the evidence yourself. He was out of his car when he was advised that “We don’t need you to do that.” An advisory he was under no legal obligation to follow, by the way. He was not told not to do anything. He was however told to, “Let me know if he does anything else,” and that request was prior to the advisory to not follow TM.

      So, in chronological order:
      * GZ was asked to “let me know if he does anything else”
      * TM moved out of sight
      * GZ got out of his truck and moved to keep him in sight, so that he could tell the police where he was and if he did anything else, as directed. Note that he just wanted to keep him in sight, he had no interest whatsoever in actually apprehending or confronting TM.
      * The dispatcher asked if he was following TM, and GZ said “Yes”
      * The dispatcher advised him that “We don’t need you to do that”
      * GZ said “OK,” and turned to return to his truck
      * GZ encountered TM, and the rest is history

      1. avatar tt says:

        I doubt if you have first hand knowledge and I strongly doubt if you have in your possession the evidence. 911 operators are train in many areas of emergency crisis. They are trained in diffusing a situation. If Zimmerman was not armed with a weapon his actions would have been different. As he stated and I stated, a race or a class of people. “A thug”, ” a rash of burglary by black youth”, because he wore a hoodie, young, and black, this young boy became a target for Zimmerman and Zimmerman stated he is tired of them getting away with it. By all means necessary, Zimmerman was going to make sure this child did not get away. This young boy was not given the opportunity to be innocent before proven guilty. ZIMMERMAN was the judge, jury, and executioner. Check your facts on a case in New York were the Zimmerman was black and the young boy was white. I bet you know the outcome already. Please be honest with yourself.

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          Nice job sidestepping my entire comment. You said, “He was told to stay in his car and not follow.” That statement is completely, provably false. The advisory that “We don’t need you to do that” happened approximately a minute after you could plainly hear GZ getting out of his car, door chime and all.

          “If Zimmerman was not armed with a weapon his actions would have been different.”

          You have no way of knowing that. There’s an entire post on this site about exactly that, and many, many people disagree with you. One commenter pointed out that GZ had been doing neighborhood watch long before he obtained his gun, a gun which obtained, by the way, on the advice of law enforcement to deal with some threatening pit bulls in the neighborhood. That leads to the conclusion that he probably would have acted in exactly the same manner. So once again, you’re making statements that are, at the very least, circumstantially disprovable.

          “Zimmerman stated he is tired of them getting away with it.”

          Please show me where he said that.

          “By all means necessary, Zimmerman was going to make sure this child did not get away.”

          Evidence please.

          “This young boy was not given the opportunity to be innocent before proven guilty.”

          Sure he was. He was innocent right up until he hit GZ in the face, and then proceeded to beat him into the ground. At which point he was guilty. I believe the charge, had he lived, would have been Aggravated Assault.

          Check your facts on a case in New York were the Zimmerman was black and the young boy was white.

          Vague and irrelevant. Completely different circumstances, completely different state, completely different actors. Completely different everything.

          Next?

  37. avatar Anonymous says:

    The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life

    I agree. The right to live and not be beaten to death.

    The prosecution didn’t have the evidence to convict – end of story. And in the end it is better to have a few wrongfully acquitted (if that is even the case here) than to persecute those on the whim of public opinion. The NAACP’s continued quest here is ridiculous. They are approaching the edge of embarrassment. Just stop now.

    1. avatar LongPurple says:

      I doubt if they have enough sense to stop, or if they will be at all embarrassed in any way by their stupidity.
      The Tawana Brawley affair, and all it’s outrageous idiocy, did not stop Sharpton from fomenting this fiasco, nor from getting his own show on TV.
      No matter how stupid they may be, they will be praised in the MSM, and the fools who believe in what they have to say — and what the MSM chooses to ‘report’ — will continue to make gods out of azzholes.

  38. avatar tt says:

    He had a weapon, his intent was predetermined. He took action and called authorities.

    1. avatar LongPurple says:

      A new acme in muddled “thinking”.

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