Skip to comments.NYC Democrats Call For DoJ Investigation Of George Zimmerman
Posted on 07/15/2013 3:28:02 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
NEW YORK (TRNS) Members of New York Citys Democratic congressional delegation gathered outside Lower Manhattans Federal District Courthouse Monday to back a potential Department of Justice civil rights investigation of George Zimmerman over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2012.
A report published last week by the Miami Herald revealed FBI investigators found little proof Zimmerman was driven by racism in Martins shooting, the legislators assembled Monday insisted his motives be subject to greater scrutiny.
We respect the jurys verdict, but the state prosecutorial chapter has now been closed, and a new federal chapter has been opened. said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. Its at least my hope that that chapter will result in a consideration by a grand jury as to whether George Zimmerman violated our nations civil rights laws.
Jeffries argued that a strong precedent exists for such action by federal investigators, and he referenced cases involving the beatings of Rodney King, Anthony Baez, and Yankel Rosenbaum as examples. In each instance, the police officers or suspects involved were first cleared of criminal charges before being found guilty on federal civil rights charges.
A grand jury would not be unprecended, Jeffries said, and neither would a subsequent federal prosecution.
42-year Congressional veteran Charlie Rangel said the death of Trayvon Martin touched on the fundamental rights of Americans.
A part of what youre entitled to, is to be able to walk the streets of this great country and not have someone predetermine your propensity to commit a crime, and to shoot and to kill you and to think that ends the story, Rangel said. No, my friends, this is the beginning of the story. Race will no longer be a word that we feel awkward in talking about.
Congressman Gregory Meeks countered criticism that a Department of Justice enquiry would result in an arduous repeat of the recently concluded criminal trial against Zimmerman. Media coverage of the trial has been criticized for descending into sensationalism, despite netting record viewership figures for television networks such as CNN and Fox News.
Is this trying the case all over again? The answer is absolutely not, because were talking about Mr. Martins civil rights violations. What were asking the Justice Department to do is look at the race issue, Meeks said. Race was not taken into consideration in this trial, and so now it should be.
Justice has not been had because Mr. Martins race has not been considered.
Regardless of congressional opinion on the matter, Attorney General Eric Holder will ultimately be responsible for deciding whether the Department of Justice will pursue George Zimmerman for civil rights violations.
GZ has been tried and found NOT GUILTY. Give it a rest RATs!
Do something about the economy, jobs, the IRS, Fast & Furious, Benghazi, etc., etc.
investigate the DoJ
the worse in US history
a complete farce and a travesty
They have no STANDING.
...oh, and stay out of Florida’s business. It’s not as if NY, NJ, Washington, D.C., Chicago, et al, did not have issues with their own thugs-—in office and out.
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Why is this man being persecuted by politicians?
What country is this again?
charlie rangle is brain dead...
So what to do? I guess Zimmerman needs to fill quota bags?
Keep trying him until we get the result we want. Yeah, that’s the American way.
Perhaps George should ask Peru for political asylum.
Africanamerica. Est. 2009.
Zimmerman is guilty of resisting a Negro criminal thug, and obstructing a colored prowler in his duties.
Are we going to have a DoJ civil rights investigation for every case in the country that ends in acquittal now? If not then why not?
New York City needs to stop trying to run this Nation.
Because black folks is special.
I would definitely leave here if I was him.
Passport or no passport.
The rule of law is dead. This is a banana republic.
Sorry I visited New York City and spent money there.