Judicial Watch after having filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the DOJ on April 24, 2012, has obtained documents showing that Barack Obama’s Department of Justice had an active behind-the-scenes role in organizing Trayvon Martin protests against George Zimmerman.

The actions were taken by a DOJ unit called Community Relations Service.

Via Judicial Watch press release:

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?

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton states “These documents detail the extraordinary intervention by the Justice
Department in the pressure campaign leading to the prosecution of George
Zimmerman. My guess is that most Americans would rightly object to taxpayers paying
government employees to help organize racially-charged demonstrations.”

After seeing what the Obama administration  did to stoke racial tensions before the Zimmerman trial, it gives far more credence to a piece I read this morning over at BIN, written by Doug V. Gibbs, a longtime Internet radio host, conservative political activist, writer and commentator, who headlines  with “Obama Plans Nationwide Race Riots If Zimmerman Is Found Innocent.”


A division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was deployed to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to provide assistance for anti-George Zimmerman protests, including a rally headlined by activist Al Sharpton, according to newly released documents.

The Community Relations Service (CRS), a unit of DOJ, reported expenses related to its deployment in Sanford to help manage protests between March and April 2012, according to documents obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

CRS spent $674.14 between March 25-27 related to having been “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.” CRS spent another $1,142.84 for the same purpose between March 25-28.


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CRS spent $892.55 “to provide support for protest deployment in Florida” between March 30-April 1, and $751.60 “to provide technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31.”

Sharpton, who promoted the Tawana Brawley hoax in the 1980s and in 1995 led a protest against the “white interloper” owner of a Harlem clothing store that ended in a deadly shooting rampage at the store, was a featured speaker at the March 31 rally, called “The March for Trayvon Martin,” where he advocated for Zimmerman’s prosecution.

CRS expenditures related to the anti-Zimmerman protests continued through mid-April. Between April 11 and April 12, CRS spent $552.35 “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.”

Local government officials noticed the Department of Justice’s efforts in building “bridges of understanding” in Sanford.

“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,” wrote Amy Carswell, Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board Program Officer, in an April 16 email.

“Thank you Partner. You did lots of stuff behind the scene to make Miami a success. We will continue to work together,” DOJ official Thomas Battles wrote in reply to Carswell.

“That’s why we make the big bucks,” Carswell replied.

CRS was established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the CRS web page, “The Community Relations Service is the Department’s ‘peacemaker’ for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, CRS is the only Federal agency dedicated to assist State and local units of government, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, incidents, and civil disorders, and in restoring racial stability and harmony.”

A Department of Justice spokesperson said that she did not know off the top of her head what CRS’ role was in the anti-Zimmerman protests but is currently trying to figure out that answer. The Daily Caller will update this story upon receiving a statement from DOJ.


Obama Plans Nationwide Race Riots If Zimmerman Is Found Innocent

The media and the liberal left are coming unhinged.  In their minds, since they figure they have the power to control everything, this trial against George “Creepy-Ass Cracker” Zimmerman should have been a slam-dunk.  Poor little innocent Trayvon Martin, of whom President Obama says if he had a son the kid would look like Trayvon, was the victim of a mean racist attack.  We are being told that Zimmerman hunted down and killed the poor child because poor, innocent Trayvon Martin was black.  And now, as the wheels come off, and it is beginning to look like Zimmerman is going to walk because his story that Trayvon attacked him and his was a fight of self-defense, the Left, through politicians and the media, are inciting race riots.  They want this to be the Rodney King riots, on steroids.
As the testimonies pile up, it is becoming more and more clear that Zimmerman’s story is the true one, and any witness that is supposed to help the case of Trayvon Martin, is actually hurting him.  The liberal left demands that George Zimmerman must be convicted as a racist “white Hispanic.”  The Jury is not supposed to consider the law, for why should they?  The Supreme Court ignored the rule of law with the gay marriage case, so why should the jury in this case care about the rule of law?  The Supreme Court ruled based on their rage against those that dare oppose the homosexual agenda, and the media demands that this jury rule in the same way.  Never mind the evidence.  They need to be enraged that the racist “creepy-ass cracker” dared to fight against Trayvon Martin, and kill him.
Since the liberal left is losing the case, we have to remember that it originally gained media attention just before last year’s presidential election to remind the democrat voters how racist them right wing loonies are.  But since now, when they hope to remind America how racist we are to protect the democrats in preparation for the 2014 midterm elections, the Left is resorting to inciting violence.
On ABC News Nightline, anchor, Dan Abrams, interviewed Sanford, Florida, police chief Cecil Smith, asking him, “If Zimmerman is found not guilty, is your office ready for that?”
The police chief responded, “I believe we have plans that will be able to deal with issues as they arise.”
Abrams then came back with, “I assume the worst-case scenario, then, would be riots?”
The police chief said there was no talk of riots.  ”We are not talking about riots. We’re talking about rallies. If people choose to come to Sanford and voice their opinions or if they want to come and rally, we welcome that. We want people to have the opportunity to express themselves.”
The media is not satisfied with that.  They want violence.  They want blood in the streets.  They want a crisis that will finish off the opposition, and enable them to report how racist America is.
Remember, the liberal left democrats have gone beyond trying to win anything.  They believe they have won it all. . . well, except the House of Representatives, and that will resolved, they believe, in 2014.  And to achieve the one party system they crave, they are working to eliminate the opposition, and gain greater control over the population. . . and a good, violent crisis might be just what the illegal alien in the White House needs.
Barack Obama was a community organizer.  An agitator.  Now, the media has learned from him, and they have become agitators too, and they are agitating for riots.
What is amazing about all of this is how quickly the people forget.  In 2008, when Obama was running on the messiah ticket, we were being told that he was proof we were moving beyond racism, and that if Obama was elected we would live in a post-racial America.  Yet, the racism has blown up, exploding.  Obama has agitated everyone he considers would work well in the fight against rich white republicans.  He is causing racial strife, and it is by design.  He is not a great uniter, as he claimed, and he never intended to be.  The goal has always been division, chaos, and violence.  That is how tyranny solidifies control.
The useful idiots in the media are calling for race riots, inciting violence, because they know the Zimmerman trial is not going their way.  The Left has been totally invested in Zimmerman being found guilty and heading to death row.  Hell, they are even willing to settle for manslaughter, if they can get it.  But now, the liberal left realizes they will likely lose the Zimmerman case.
What is being realized now is that there never was a case.  The prosecution has bad witnesses on the stand, and no leg to stand on, because this case was purely political.  They wanted to scare Zimmerman into a guilty plea, and he refused, and now they have no evidence to put him away.  In fact, the arrest warrant is even laced with fraud.
It is like the Duke Lacrosse case all over again.  The poor black dancer accused the racist rich white athletes of doing her wrong.  Everyone demanded that the team be thrown out of school, and arrested.  But it turned out the woman lied, and the deconstructionist claim that we are a racist nation was delayed. . .
Until the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Deconstructionists can’t change a healthy America into something the Founding Fathers never intended.  They have to convince all of us that America is damaged goods.  If America is damaged, it must be changed, or at least that is the attitude the liberal left democrats are banking on.  Remember, Obama wanted to fundamentally change this nation, but you don’t fix what ain’t broke, so they must convince you America is broken, tainted by widespread racism – otherwise, the democrats would be worthless, and would cease to exist.  If America is great, their whole platform is worth nothing.
And if they can’t get their racism claim confirmed by the courts, they will have to do it with violence in the streets.
– Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Police Fear Flash Mob Violence If Zimmerman Acquitted

Police in Broward County fear that Twitter could be used to organize flash mob violence if George Zimmerman is acquitted, with authorities planning to flood the social network with anti-riot messages.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

During a meeting last night attended by Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, numerous other law enforcement officials and dozens of local pastors, Sheriff’s Sgt. Eddie Grant pointed to a recent incident where a Twitter message about two girls planning to fight outside the Lauderhill Mall on June 26 prompted over 100 teenagers to arrive on the scene within minutes.

Authorities are concerned that flash mobs angry at the verdict could use Twitter to organize similar unrest. As we reported last week, a plethora of individuals have promised to stage riots and looting if George Zimmerman is found not guilty. The latest round of controversy focused on popular clothing brand ‘Illuminati’ – which yesterday tweeted to over a million followers, “The Only Justice for Trayvon Martin is to take the Life of George Zimmerman.”

The case already sparked looting by Trayvon Martin supporters last year when gangs of teenagers ransacked a Walgreens in north Miami in reaction to the fact that Zimmerman had not yet been arrested.

Detective Munib Ahmed outlined a plan to calm irate Trayvon supporters via Twitter during last night’s meeting, remarking, “What we’re concerned about is all the people starting rumors or instigating fights [through social media]. So we’re trying to get ahead of the game [and] quell the fight before it starts.”

Pastor Michael K. Anderson, of New Jerusalem First Baptist Church in Hollywood also called for Twitter to be used to quell disorder. “They’ll hear a lot of [rumors] but they’ll know the truth if they’re following us [on social media],” he stated.

Numerous prominent voices, including former Chicago cop Paul Huebl have warned that the outcome of the trial will lead to riots that could surpass those seen in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating.

Sheriffs in several Florida counties have been preparing for the potential that the outcome of the trial could spark riots for weeks. Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith and other city officials are worried that a Zimmerman acquittal could spark “violence” and have crafted a “secret law enforcement” plan to deal with potential social disorder.

Broward County’s latest outreach was a video entitled Raise Your Voice, Not Your Hands, which encourages residents to express their anger peacefully through free speech rather than resorting to violence.


Time Magazine writer Marc W. Polite argues that despite a deluge of Twitter messages from Trayvon Martin supporters threatening to riot if George Zimmerman is acquitted, police preparations for potential unrest are based on little more than racism.

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In an article entitled Preparing for Riots After Zimmerman Verdict Is Racial Fear Mongering, Polite states that the “pre-emptive call for calm (by police) runs counter to recent history, and may be akin to racial fear mongering” as part of an, “assumption of violence on the part of the black community, and of black men.”

Nowhere in his piece does Polite mention the plethora of threats made by Trayvon Martin supporters, primarily made on Twitter, that brazenly promise riots, looting, attacks on white people, and murder attempts on Zimmerman if he is found not guilty.

“No one seems to be concerned about the possible violence of Zimmerman supporters if Zimmerman is convicted,” adds Polite, failing to acknowledge that unlike Trayvon supporters, thousands of Zimmerman backers have not took to social media networks to openly announce their plans to riot if they don’t like the verdict.

Even if disorder is unlikely, the sheer volume of messages from Trayvon supporters threatening to stage violence and looting means it would be remiss of authorities not to at least prepare for some kind of unrest.

The race of the people making those threats should make no difference whatsoever. If thousands of white supremacists were making threats to riot, rob and kill, would Time Magazine publish an article labeling police racist for preparing to deal with it?

Polite’s article also fails to mention the fact that Trayvon supporters already staged disorder last year in response to Zimmerman not being arrested, when gangs of teenagers ransacked a Walgreens in north Miami, hardly a “sophisticated” form of protest, as Polite claims has been embraced by pro-Trayvon activists.

Polite argues that relatively recent murders where the victims were black men did not prompt nationwide riots. However, in none of these cases did the President of the United States insert himself into the controversy at the outset as Obama did when he stated, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

In addition, it has now come to light that many of the early pro-Trayvon Martin protests were actually encouraged by the Obama administration.

As Michael Snyder writes, “Judicial Watch has obtained documents which prove that the Community Relations Service, a division of the Department of Justice, was sent to Sanford, Florida in late March 2012 “to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman“. This included spending quite a bit of money, arranging meetings between the NAACP and local leaders, and providing police escorts for protesters.”

Numerous prominent voices, including former Chicago cop Paul Huebl have warned that the outcome of the trial will lead to riots that could surpass those seen in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating.

Sheriffs in several Florida counties have been preparing for the potential that the outcome of the trial could spark riots for weeks. Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith and other city officials are worried that a Zimmerman acquittal could spark “violence” and have crafted a “secret law enforcement” plan to deal with potential social disorder. They are also working with the Department of Homeland Security.

Meanwhile, authorities in Broward County are concerned about flash mob violence being organized via Twitter and are preparing to flood the social network with anti-riot messages when the Zimmerman trial concludes.


Speculation is raging that the judge in the George Zimmerman case could have been put under pressure by the Obama administration after she staged a bizarre outburst during which she interrogated Zimmerman while repeatedly silencing his lawyers.


The hostile exchange began when Judge Debra Nelson asked Zimmerman if he planned to testify.

Essentially, Judge Nelson told Zimmerman he had the “absolute right to remain silent” but then proceeded to demand he answer her questions interrogation-style while silencing his lawyers.

Defense attorney Don West twice objected to Nelson’s interrogation, prompting the judge to raised her voice and exclaim, “Your objection is overruled!” in a manner more befitting of an angry parent lecturing a child than a legal professional.

Both of Zimmerman’s lawyers appeared shocked as attorney Mark O’Mara asked under his breath, “what is going on?”

Several legal experts and observers said the outburst was unprecedented.

“I have never seen that in more than 30 years of court reporting,” tweeted journalist Kathi Belich.

Former Senatorial candidate Richard Rivette also expressed his shock at the judge’s behavior.

“This judge is an idiot. I spent five years investigating high profile capital cases defending people from the death penalty, and worked for the Federal judiciary as an independent investigator on other cases. No judge ever inquires as to whether a defendant will testify until the entire defense case is presented. If the defense rests and does not call the defendant then the judge knows there will be no testimony. If the defense calls the defendant then that’s when the judge finds out. They have to get through the entire case first. To see if it is valid after prosecution cross-examines their witnesses and experts as to whether a defendant SHOULD testify, which is decided in private not in public, and NOT on the record. By doing this, the judge has undermined a portion of Zimmerman’s credibility. He looks like he is waffling and this is normal judge/defendant questioning, which it is NOT,” said Rivette.

Respondents to the story at the National Review Online also expressed their view that Zimmerman was being railroaded.

“A fix is in from the administration to find Zimmerman guilty regardless of what it takes,” commented one.

“By demanding that Zimmerman respond to a question, after she has assured him that he has the right to remain silent, she is undermining his right to remain silent and making it appear as though he and his attorneys are not firm in their convictions. This judge is shameless,” added another.

Judge Nelson also ruled this week that Trayvon Martin’s text messages, which showed that Martin had been involved in fights before and was trying to buy or sell a gun, cannot be shown to the jury, which some suggested was another indication of an anti-Zimmerman bias.

Nelson also granted a request by prosecutors to block the defense’s attempt to show the jury a computer-animated depiction of the fight between Martin and Zimmerman.

She is also likely to allow the jury to consider lesser charges against Zimmerman in light of the prosecution’s probable failure to prove its case for second-degree murder, another indication that the state is desperate to avoid him walking free.

Judge Nelson has been very careful at every stage of the trial to dismiss evidence or testimony that could convince the jury in favor of acquitting Zimmerman.

Now some are asking the question – did Nelson’s aggressive outburst represent an attempt to prejudice the jury against Zimmerman?

Given the likelihood that Zimmerman will be acquitted, has Judge Nelson been put under pressure by the federal government to aggressively advocate for the prosecution, just as Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was apparently pressured to vote to uphold Obamacare?

Ever since President Barack Obama personally inserted himself into the controversy by declaring Trayvon Martin to be akin to the son he never had, higher-ups have constantly meddled in the case in an effort to secure a murder charge for a scenario that Zimmerman would not normally have even been arrested for under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

Indeed, ex-Sanford police chief Bill Lee told CNN yesterday that “he felt pressure from city officials to arrest Zimmerman to placate the public rather than as a matter of justice,” and that his investigation “provided no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman at the scene.”

It also emerged this week that the federal government encouraged and funded last year’s protests demanding the arrest of Zimmerman via the Community Relations Service, a division of the Department of Justice. Documents obtained by Judicial Watch show that the CRS was “deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman,” spending millions of dollars in the process.

Given the plethora of threats by Trayvon supporters to stage violent riots if Zimmerman is acquitted, could Nelson be under pressure to secure a charge of at least manslaughter in order to avoid nationwide civil disorder?

If that’s the case, her apparent effort to prejudice the jury clearly suggests that a mistrial has taken place.