Justice Shouldn’t Investigate Zimmerman, It Should Investigate The Police State

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President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice, the liberal media punditry and a number of civil rights activists appear hell-bent to continue stoking the fire of American racial tension following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. But as the DOJ mulls a civil rights case against Zimmerman, one of the Nation’s leading civil rights guardians has come forward to ask officials to stop the race baiting and take a real initiative to improve American minorities’ problems.

If President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are concerned about racism, they should reform government’s racist policies. Credit: UPI

President Barack Obama, who inserted himself into the case even before Zimmerman’s trial saying that his son would look like Martin, seized upon disquiet over Zimmerman’s acquittal Friday. The President, in more words, said that anger over the jury’s decision is justified because racial profiling is a real problem in America.

From the President’s remarks:

You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.

There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.

And I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear. The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws — everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.

The President went on to say that Attorney General Eric Holder is currently considering whether the DOJ has grounds to launch a civil rights case against Zimmerman, but acknowledged that the agency really has little right to do so as the case has properly run the local and State criminal justice course.

That acknowledgment is likely made necessary by the fact that even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has portrayed the possibility of a DOJ case against Zimmerman as shameless race baiting.

In a letter to Holder, ACLU officials implored the Federal government to move on from the Zimmerman case, instead taking real steps to end racial profiling by law enforcement agencies.

ACLU writes:

We are writing to clearly state the ACLU’s position on whether or not the Department of Justice (DOJ) should consider bringing federal civil rights or hate crimes charges as a result of the state court acquittal in the George Zimmerman case. Even though the Supreme Court permits a federal prosecution following a state prosecution, the ACLU believes the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Constitution protects someone from being prosecuted in another court for charges arising from the same transaction. A jury found Zimmerman not guilty, and that should be the end of the criminal case.

However, there are still actions the federal government can take to help communities like Sanford, Florida to ensure tragedies similar to Trayvon Martin’s untimely death do not happen again, including preventing widespread racial profiling. Although the George Zimmerman case did not involve a law enforcement officer, many other shootings of unarmed Black men around the country have. In 1999, 22 year old Guinea immigrant Amadou Ahmed Diallo was fatally shot 41 times by white New York police officers. Sean Bell was a 23-year-old African American who was shot 50 times and killed by New York City police when leaving his bachelor party in 2003. In 2005, New Orleans police officers shot six unarmed civilians, two of whom died, near the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina. More recently, 22-year-old Oscar Grant, an African American, was shot in the back and killed by Oakland transit police on New Year’s morning in 2009 after getting off the BART train. These cases are painful illustrations of the need for the Department to prioritize issuing strengthened guidance to law enforcement on racial profiling and excessive force.

The President is right; there is a race problem in the United States. But contrary to what many of the Nation’s firebrand race pundits want the American public to believe, it does not involve white-on-black hatred reminiscent of the Jim Crow South.

Instead, the problem is a government which profits in varying degrees from drug prohibition, welfare proliferation, rampant incarceration and permits unConstitutional abuses of basic human liberties. These policies affect all Americans, but most harshly impact the lives of the Nation’s poorest citizens. And government will never fix the problem — the challenge is not further empowering racial minorities in the United States, it is taking power from government.

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • curious1

    I noticed on the news today that a person of colour has been detained in the investigation into the murders in Cleveland Ohio. Has Obama reacted yet on that one? Is that also a racist issue? Can it be possible that the man was detained purely because he is not white? What does the prez say on this one?

    • me

      It’s news today. Tomorrow it will be gone. Zimmerman will be dragged on for a long time. What about his civil rights?

      • Ron r

        He does have a life.

    • Ron r

      Surely you can’t be serious?????

  • Wolfman

    Only in America the land of the not so free and double standards

    Black people call each other the N word all day long and it is ok but don’t let a white person use it Facebook will suspend your account for using the N word but not for using the C word another liberal media circus racial double standard. Abe Lincoln is rolling over in his grave. Obama and his brother Holder have to go.

    Here is the real big problem most blacks today including the Obamas still don’t trust the white man and the system due to slavery and other social injustices. Abe Lincoln realized this but it was to late for him to fix it now he is rolling over in his grave. If you don’t like the truth just delete and move on.

    • Ron r

      First , the word should never be used. Second, if you are willing to use that word when addressing a black person face to face . Go for it. Otherwise leave it alone Tim Allen.

  • fedupwidit

    We Caucasian Americans need to all band together in the defense of Zimmerman, this “never let a good crisis go to waste” is a load of horse-crap. We need to investigate Obama and Holder his evil twin.

    • mark

      Yeah, and how exactly are you going to do this? Such juvenile racist fantasies are nonsense. Obama will be president until January 20, 2017 when he steps down. And in all likelihood he will pass the reins to Hillary Clinton. If all the Republicans have to offer is the fear, hatred, and paranoia of the Tea Party, they will lose the White House again. Because the majority of voters in this country – unlike so many posters on this blog – are not haters. And therein lies the problem for both the GOP and the Libertarian Party or any new conservative “white man’s party” that might emerge before 2016.

      • speedle24

        “White man’s party”? Say Mark, do you self flagellate? I can envision you and Chris Matthews sitting together looking at pictures of yourselves and taking turns beating each other with a horse whip. “Here’s one for Jim Crow” WHAP! “Here’s one for the American Indian” WHAP! Here’s one for James Byrd Jr.” WHAP!.

        • mark

          No I don’t self-flagellate but I do know who was responsible for Jim Crow, the near genocide of the American Indian, and the brutal pick-up-dragging murder of James Byrd Jr. – white men, proudly racist white men to be specific. But I’m sure you know better, fedupwidit. Maybe Martians did it. Even better socialist, progressive Martians.

          • speedle24

            Okay, then do you know Lee Boyd Malvo, Idi Amin, Damian Williams, Christopher Dorner, O.J. Simpson, etc. etc.? Who was responsible for their victims? Was racism involved?

            Yes , you do self-flagellate, maybe not with whips but mentally and philosophically. If you choose to do that it is your business. Most of the rest of us choose to take individuals at face value and live our lives with our own conscience, not yours.

          • mark

            I agree racism was involved in several of these murderers crimes. And as such I condemn them. The O.J. case to me was an exception in that even though his wife and Ron Goldman were whites, I think that O.J. killed them both out of enraged sexual jealousy – not any racial animus. And it should be noted that the overwhelming majority of Idi Amin’s victims were black – not white – Ugandans. On the others though I am with you, they clearly committed racially-motivated murders that in my book should qualify as racist hate crimes.

          • Ron r

            True .

    • Vis Fac

      Political Correctness dictates otherwise lest we be labeled racist (again) That is why impeachment hearings haven’t been conducted.

  • mark

    Mr. Rolley uses a very selective editing of the president’s speech to fire up his conservative audience. Rolley edited out the following quotes of the president: “The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a — in a case such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works.”

    Rolley also failed to include when the president said: “Now, this isn’t to say that the African-American community is naive about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they are disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact, although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context.”

    Or the Obama’s statement that: “I think the African-American community is also not naive in understanding that statistically somebody like Trayvon Martin was probably statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else.” These are all reasonable points that everyone can agree on, so Rolley conveniently excises them from his article. This is of course very typical of mant articles on this blog. Anything that might show Mr. Obama to be a reasonable and thinking human being must be cut out of the historical record. All propagandist of the right and the left use this time-honored technique, so do yourself a favor: always read the full transcript and then reach your own conclusions.

    • dan

      …possibly because the judge was anything BUT professional the day I saw the trial…when she was cross examining GZ ,for exercising his fifth amendment rights . It was a cheap prosecutorial trick .

    • byronmullet

      Mark, Good reminder to get all the facts. The Zimmerman/Martin situation was exploitable because of real “black American pain.” The president, as a black American himself, had to in some ways identify with it and acknowledge it, which he did. Actually, the way Obama and Holder have conducted themselves in office, we white American, Christian, conservative, patriots can now identify more with profiling, targeting, discrimination, rights suppression and legal bullying. It doesn’t feel good…makes you feel like singing the songs they sing…”we shall overcome, we shall overcome someday…Whoa, maybe Obama has united us. Maybe, that was the Obama/Holder strategy all along. Sly like a fox, while we watch Fox?

      • mark

        Can’t say I agree with you, byronmullet. Because as a white man I am not routinely followed by security officers in stores, I am not routinely pulled over by the police for being in the “wrong neighborhood.” I am not automatically assumed to be guilty or a criminal if I am walking through a white neighborhood or an upscale area. No one is legally bullying me, profiling me, or suppressing my rights. So I really can’t sympathize with your exaggerated notion of what the Obama administration is doing to white people. This is more than anything a hyperbolized fantasy. But an effective one for mobilizing political opposition against President Obama. Problem is he is not running for office again.

        • Debbie Hogan Tate

          Thank God he won’t be on that ticket! Now when he goes, I hope he takes all his crooked buddies with him, including Hillary! . Would write in a vote for my dog before I would vote for her! “What difference does it make” should be her campaign slogan if she runs!

        • speedle24

          Put a hood over your head Mark, and mill around like a thug. Your while a-s will get profiled pretty quick. It’s funny that Allen West recently said that he was never profiled or looked at in a suspicious manner when he was growing up. I wonder why?

          • Vis Fac

            Makes one wonder why you (or anyone) would want to wear clothing that attracts that kind of attention UNLESS that is the kind of attention is what you are after.. If I want to avoid trouble I “blend” in with my surroundings so as not to draw attention. To the thuggish the “Gangsta” look is in vogue.

          • mark

            ” If I want to avoid trouble I “blend” in with my surroundings so as not to draw attention.” This is good advice, Force Recon, but the only problem is Trayvon could not become white.

          • vicki

            Trayvon could have tried being a nice human. Unfortunately the mixed drink “lean” is really hard on humans

          • Ron r

            Well if Travon was not a nice human then Zimmerman was just as Travon described him that night . Not being nice is not a reason to be stalked and killed by an idiot. It the physical description of Zimmerman given by his witness was true he should have never tried to stalk anyone over the age of 10.

          • David Wallace

            Get real, hoodies block a clear look at the face. Something you don’t want when committing crimes. No description – no arrest, can’t pick him in a lineup – no conviction.
            BTW, lately my comments haven’t been getting published. Let’s see if this one make it past censorship.

          • Ron r

            Yeah every time I see Bill Bellicheck on tv wearing his hoodie I grab my gun.

          • mark

            He said this because red-neck whites are his political base and he caters to their beliefs to get his seat in Congress and now that he has lost that position to keep his new, well-paid gig on Fox News. That’s why. It’s pretty simple.

          • speedle24

            Oh, so Allen West doesn’t act out of conviction huh? He is only catering to “Red Neck” whites you say. Well gee Mark, it seems to me that he has taken the road less traveled for black men, taken a lot of abuse from liberal blacks and other leftists like yourself. That sounds like a courageous man following his own convictions to me. Contrast that with the media backed race baiters like Jackson and Sharpton. Noooooooo..they aren’t doing anything for their best interests are they? You have some pretty flawed logic there sport.

          • mark

            I’m sure that Jackson and Sharpton feel they are doing the right thing to speak up for their people. But I agree, speedle 24, that they are sometimes over the top and also have their own political/economical agendas. Allen West no doubt believes in much of what he says but he also has a political/economic agenda within conservative circles and has been very well compensated for it. You can do both: be a well-paid, self-interested provocateur and also believe in what you protest. The 2 are not mutually exclusive.

          • Ron r

            If Allen West has never been profiled, good for him he’s one of the lucky ones.

          • Ron r

            If wearing a hoodie is thug wear Bill Bellicheck would be shot at every patriots game. He’s known as the hoodie.

        • Protonius

          Mark and byronmullet,

          In addition, consider this alternate scenario:

          Suppose that you were a white guy, wearing a hoodie, moseying through a private, gaited, BLACK neighborhood, at night, when and where such behavior would seem odd and “stand out like a sore thumb”: how, in that scenario, might a legitimate “neighborhood-watch” person, whose task and interest is to protect the security of that neighborhood, possibly respond to YOUR presence?

          Of course, the questions raised by such a scenario are not even broached by the person in the WH, who still “imagines” that he could as well have been a TM 35 years ago.

      • Ron r

        If you are profiling now you were doing it before . Don’t use Obama to justify you racism. You got it honest.

    • Wiley2

      Obama is trying to have it both ways, acknowledging that young black men are statistically more likely to engage in violent and criminal activity, yet pretending that it’s unreasonable to be more wary of them. In fact, such wariness is an intelligent response, and Obama’s failure to acknowledge that and to place the focus firmly on the behavior that results naturally in intelligent caution when around members of that group, reveals emotional prejudice rather than reasonableness.

      • vicki

        This is what he does with the Islam situation too.

      • Ron r

        Obama knows that white males are more likely to become serial killers, so should he have addressed that and their family background ? Or that white commit 87% of crimes against whites? He made a statement live with it.

      • Ron r

        Obama knows that white males are more likely to become serial killers, so should he have addressed that and their family background ? Or that white commit 87% of crimes against whites? He made a statement live with it.

  • dan

    …the race baiter in chiel shouldn’t have inflamed the situation in the first place :
    if I had a son ,he might be (a drug dealing thug) like Trayvon. This case
    would have been an assault and battery with alleged intent to kill,had Trayvon survived…and Trayvon would have lost and been in jail with the other black ‘gangsta’s’

    • Ron r

      Obama did nothing to enflame anything. He spoke . Hell Ted the draft dodger Nugent spoke. What’s up with that.

  • Robert Peterson

    Finally someone wrote a story that got it right

  • carolrhill814

    Trayvon shouldn’t have been there in the very first place he was suspended from school for the third time for drugs and stealing and his mother couldn’t handle him and booted him out of her house.
    What made it worse she sent him to his father’s girlfriends house where they just let him freely walk around of which that should have never happened after dark because there is a law where children are not allowed on the street after the sun goes down.
    This entire matter falls right back onto the parents of which did a horrible job raising this boy but the blame game always comes back on people that had NOTHING to do with raising Trayvon but guess what that didn’t work either.
    But the whole thing in a nutshell this entire story is horrible from beginning to end and that is a fact.
    Did anyone notice how white the president and his buddy look?

    • AMERICAN PATRIOT

      there is a law where children are not allowed on the street after the sun goes down.
      NO, there is NO LAW that prohibits children from being outside after the sun goes down!
      Cities and towns have curfews, and these are ORDINANCES ONLY, and are NOT laws. And if my son is out after the sun sets, too bad, he IS a citizen and has the RIGHT to be where he wants at any time, especially if he is NOT causing trouble to others, and minding his own business, where he is at what time, is of NO CONCERN to ANY government….PERIOD!

    • Ron r

      And you know all this about Travon and his family how??? Because he was suspended from school gave Zimmerman the right to stalk and kill him??? So what if the kid had just been simply lost? Bottom line is he lost his life because a coward had a courage enhancer , a gun.

  • LadyFloridaCracker

    Hurry, get the books: THE HARBINGER by Jonathan Cahn, THE PSALM 83 WAR by Bill Salas, and THE BROTHERHOOD by John Stacklebeck in order “to know” what’s going to happen next!!!!!!

  • LadyFloridaCracker

    “He” shouldn’t have likened himself to a certain person because now everytime I see “him,” I can only picture him wearing a certain garment and in a certain position.

  • Richard Trundle

    The President needs to HELP restore peace in this country. Now DIVIDED WE CAN FAIL. Other nations can move in and take USA over because of our own in differences. It’s amazing to me how the WHITE gets drug in something like this. And wasn’t a WHITE PERSON AROUND when it happen. Too the blacks the whites are always guilty.

  • Vis Fac

    Not exactly on topic but important none-the-less is the ODUMBO administrations’ continued assault on OUR bill of rights —

    Over the weekend, we came four votes away from the US Senate giving our Constitutional rights over to the United Nations. In a 53-46 vote, the senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

    The Statement of Purpose from the Bill reads:

    “To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.”

    The U.N. Small Arms Treaty, which has been championed by the Obama
    Administration, would have effectively placed a global ban on the import and
    export of small firearms. The ban would have affected all private gun owners in
    the U.S., and had language that would have implemented an international gun registry on all private guns and ammo.

    Astonishingly, 46 out of our 100 United States Senators were willing to give away our Constitutional rights to a foreign power.

    Here are the 46 senators that voted to give your rights to the
    U.N.

    Baldwin (D-WI) – Baucus (D-MT) – Bennett (D-CO) – Blumenthal
    (D-CT) – Boxer (D-CA) Brown (D-OH) – Cantwell (D-WA) – Cardin (D-MD) – Carper (D-DE) – Casey (D-PA) – Coons (D-DE) – Cowan (D-MA) – Durbin (D-IL) – Feinstein (D-CA) – Franken (D-MN) – Gillibrand (D-NY) – Harkin (D-IA) – Hirono (D-HI) – Johnson (D-SD) – Kaine (D-VA) – King (I-ME) – Klobuchar (D-MN) – Landrieu (D-LA) – Leahy (D-VT) – Levin (D-MI) – McCaskill (D-MO) – Menendez (D-NJ) – Merkley (D-OR) – Mikulski (D-MD) – Murphy (D-CT)
    Murray (D-WA) – Nelson (D-FL) – Reed (D-RI) – Reid (D-NV) – Rockefeller
    (D-WV) – Sanders (I-VT) – Schatz (D-HI) – Schumer (D-NY) – Shaheen (D-NH) – Stabenow (D-MI) – Udall (D-CO) – Udall (D-NM) – Warner (D-VA) – Warren (D-MA) – Whitehouse (D-RI) – Wyden (D-OR)

    People: This needs to go viral. These Senators voted to let the UN take OUR guns. They need to lose their next election. We have been betrayed. 46
    Senators Voted to Give your 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights to the U.N.

    • Alan

      These a**holes are the type that would champion one world government with a radical muslim at its head.

      • mark

        I certainly hope so, anything would be better than a government led by the Tea Party. I’ll take my chances on a Muslim, a Martian, anybody over those patriotic trailer park knuckle-draggers.

        • Alan

          Evidently you dont value your freedom.

    • vicki

      Just a reminder that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and not treaties.Treaties are part of the supreme law but when one section (treaty) violates another section (BoR) the treaty must necessarilly be void.

      Why the treaty and not the BoR? Because the BoR is specific prohibition of any law (and treaty) that would violate any provision of the BoR.

      And because the founders would never have made such an obvious loophole to get around the 3/4 of the states to have an amendment.

      “Many people do not understand that any law being made must not conflict with the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. Under THIS Constitution, our laws and treaties are acceptable only if they conform to the intent and purpose of what has been written in this master document. No law is acceptable if it conflicts with or alters the original text.” http://www.libertygunrights.com/2TreatySet10Pgs.pdf

      • George

        This is why they are trying to re-write the Constitution. They should all be disbarded from office and removed from the U.S.

    • mark

      Thank God for these 46 Senators. Finally some real American patriots – and not just prostitutes to the bribery kings of the filthy, corrupt gun lobby -like the other 53 bought-and-paid-for-stooges are!

  • Michael Shreve

    Florida PERSECUTED Zimmerman despite the FACT that the police and county prosecutors knew well that Zimmerman was in FULL compliance with State law. This was SO clear that the State had to LIE and WITHHOLD evidence to get an indictment, for which the prosecutor SHOULD be disbarred. The verdict ought to have been seen as inevitable. That the FEDERAL government CHOSE to get involved is embarrassing enough, but pushing for a CIVIL RIGHTS violation in a clear case of self defense in appalling.

  • sidneyspit

    Why are all the so-called legal experts ignoring that in order to prosecute someone for a civil rights violation, it has to be a government officer or a conspiracy to deprive someone of their civil rights, i.e., two or more people acting after agreement and planning to violate someone’s civil rights. Zimmerman was a sole actor. If you could prosecute all murderers who beat the rap for civil rights violations, you’d have a lot of these cases in Federal courts. All the race-baiters and all the TV talk hosts and commentators have completely missed the legal reality here. The elements of the crime (corpus) are just not present no matter how much they wish it were. A civil rights prosecution is impossible. Why is it people who do know this are pretending they don’t and keeping silent?

  • wandamurline

    They should be investigating themselves, and Al Sharpton, the prosecutors, the special prosecutor Corey, the judge and the lamestream media who started this racism event. If anyone had their civil liberties violated it was Mr. Zimmerman by a bunch of racist in Washington attempting to incite riots in Florida. It was all about gun control and stand your ground laws and a distraction from the Benghazi and IRS and NSA scandals. All of them need to be indicted and put in jail….including Holder.

  • BHR

    Another way to destroy America.

  • PDH

    I SMELL SMOKE, HUM, IS THAT THE REICHSTAG FIRE I SMELL?

  • IBCAMN

    and to think not one word(s) on all the times black cops have shot and killed white men or of black cops beating women in cuffs!how about white cops beating women in cuffs,or like the one everyones seen on youtube of the white female officer shooting a white cuffed man laying face down on the ground and she just shoots him for no reason!!
    when you talk about cops shooting civilians(investigate them)for racial profiling,don’t they mean just the cases of white cop killing black person?!
    is what needs to be done is investigate(prosecute when needed)every police dept or precinct hell every cop!!all cops are corrupt!!
    we see it all the time or a new video shows up daily of crooked cops,border patrol officers caught taking bribes,cops lying for each other then getting caught and given leave with pay or just early retiment with full pension!what did that do?nothing!thats the problem,and i don’t even want to get into the racial aspect of it!cops profile,period!thats how they make most of their arrest,they just word it diffirently!like resisting arrest,well why did they get arrested in the first place?nobody knows?!!you have to be arrested of something before you can be charged with resisting,you can’t be charged with resisting alone,you have to have a charge first!most records show resisting arrest as the charge???i can go on all day on this!open your eyes people,wake up!

    • Ron r

      Seems to me a cop shooting anyone who is cuffed no matter the color would be of concern. Your argument is like me saying there is no problem because blacks are treated that way at a far greater rate than whites or white women.