Sources: DOJ won’t file civil-rights charges against George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin

posted at 11:21 am on October 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

Few people thought they would, right? Holder’s teased friendly audiences from time to time with vague promises that “justice” would be done but even he’s been at pains to note that civil-rights cases are hard to win. I think that, ever since the Rodney King trials, the public has a hazy sense that if a state prosecutor can’t get a conviction in a racially charged case that’s gotten national attention, the feds will swoop in and file their own charges as a fallback option. It’s not a matter of law, it’s a matter of politics: If people are sufficiently angry about the state verdict, the DOJ will do its best to placate them by trying to get a conviction of its own.

Not this time, though.

The federal investigation of Zimmerman was opened two years ago by the department’s civil rights division, but officials said there is insufficient evidence to bring federal charges. The investigation technically remains open, but it is all but certain the department will close it…

“I was watching the whole case pretty closely for two years, and they didn’t do anything except take those 40 statements [from witnesses],” [Zimmerman attorney Mark] O’Mara said. The statements “suggested that George acted in very non-racist ways. He took a black girl to the prom. His best buddy was a black guy. He mentored two black kids. He sought justice for a black homeless man beaten up by a white cop’s son.”…

The difficulty in bringing charges in the Martin case highlights the challenges for investigators in federal criminal civil rights cases. Under federal law for hate crimes, prosecutors would have to show not just that Zimmerman followed Martin because of his race but also that he shot the youth intentionally because he was African American.

The feds still want to look at a computer owned by Zimmerrnan that wasn’t examined by state investigators, just in case he sent any “yes, I shot him because I hate black people” e-mails to someone.

Obama tried to warn lefties more than a year ago that charges probably wouldn’t be filed. Holder was looking at the evidence, he assured them, but….

But beyond protests or vigils, the question is: Are there some concrete things that we might be able to do? I know that Eric Holder is reviewing what happened down there, but I think it’s important for people to have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government. The criminal code and law enforcement is traditionally done at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.

I thought there was a 10 percent chance Holder would file charges notwithstanding the unlikelihood of conviction (and yes, I realize that’s unethical) just to signal that the feds did their part in trying to send Zimmerman to prison. But maybe the politics of that wouldn’t have worked: A dubious prosecution might have alienated some of the working-class white voters that Democrats are trying to woo back and an acquittal would have disappointed black voters while calling into question O’s and Holder’s competence. The only thing that strikes me as surprising about today’s news is the timing. The whole point of having the DOJ take its time in investigating, I thought, was to let the Zimmerman case slip quietly off the public’s radar so that the eventual decision not to bring federal charges wouldn’t anger people. And the case has slipped off America’s radar — only to be replaced by the Michael Brown shooting, which might very well also result in the defendant going free. Why leak this news now when the Missouri grand jury is just weeks away from announcing whether Darren Wilson will be charged? This will only compound the disappointment and frustration among black voters if Wilson walks.


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Holder full of shit hot air, alas.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Holder, you thug, Oklahoma beheading!

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

“Trayvon’s parents continue to hope and pray for justice…”

Congratulations, your prayers have been answered.

Midas on October 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

I guess another autopsy didn’t turn out the way Holder wanted it to.

CurtZHP on October 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

There is no justice for the black youth of America.

Bigbullets on October 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Racist!

Flange on October 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

“It’s the economy, stupid”.

This will speak about it today, trying to snooker all of you.

Florida, Ferguson, Oklahoma…over there, other squirrels.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

White Hispanics still enough latte, heh.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

GOTV effort.

If Wilson walks and Zimmerman isn’t charged, they’ll use this to stir up the tribe.

nobar on October 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I thought there was a 10 percent chance Holder would file charges notwithstanding the unlikelihood of conviction (and yes, I realize that’s unethical)…

That certainly didn’t stop Angela Corey.

NotCoach on October 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

“White Hispanics”, as the NY Swines dubbed them…

There is no justice for the black youth of America.

Bigbullets on October 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

You’re right – an utter turkey is president.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

There is no justice for the black youth of America.

Bigbullets on October 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

So true – all blacks, vote against every single D-rat in DC. They and obama have done absolutely NOTHING for you.

They favor the illegal aliens now, their next modern day slave-sheeple.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

This will only compound the disappointment and frustration among black voters if Wilson walks.

Get those angry black voters out. That’s the game plan right there.

But what if it backfires?

either orr on October 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Probably the only think Obama will actually read and comment on…

right2bright on October 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Time to torch a liquor store or two in outrage I suppose.

otlset on October 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

There is no justice revenge for the criminal black youth of America.

Bigbullets on October 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I think this is what you really ,eamt/

Star Bird on October 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

The only thing that strikes me as surprising about today’s news is the timing.

The Ebola thing is a good cover.

rbj on October 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Lessee . . . George Zimmerman had a black grandmother, as I recall.

Zimmerman is blacker than Homer Plessy, who could not ride in the “whites-only” car according to Plessy vs. Ferguson.

Using Holder’s one-drop standard, that makes it black on black violence.

No Truce With Kings on October 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Black America will not be satisfied until George Zimmerman eats the gun he shot Trayvon Martin with.

meci on October 2, 2014 at 11:36 AM

GOTV effort.

If Wilson walks and Zimmerman isn’t charged, they’ll use this to stir up the tribe.

nobar on October 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I would think that this, at least, ought* to depress turnout. It’s their own guy who decided not to bring charges.

*Not that it couldn’t still work the other way. Never doubt the ability of Democrats to blame “the man” even when they are the man.

Josh the Inexorable on October 2, 2014 at 11:37 AM

The Holder has Resigned effect.

albill on October 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

The Ebola thing is a good cover.

rbj on October 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Or they could be using this as cover for Ebola…

ConstantineXI on October 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Bah, they got what they wanted – Obama reelected. Nothing else matters.

Buck Farky on October 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

And the case has slipped off America’s radar — only to be replaced by the Michael Brown shooting, which might very well also result in the defendant going free.

Not to pick nits, Allah. There is no defendant as there presently have been no charges filed.

Mitoch55 on October 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Zimmerman is kind of a goofball (look at his history since the acquittal), so it wouldn’t surprise me to one day hear that he pissed off the wrong person, and got whacked for it.

Ward Cleaver on October 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

They don’t need outrage over a street thug and a neighborhood watch member. They’ve got a Michael Brown and a real white cop to fuel racial hatred!

Happy Nomad on October 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

You can’t Flim Flam the Zim Zam.

RarestRX on October 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Watching Holder get his (petard) kicked over and over both in and out of Court is especially gratifying.
No wonder the racist sob is resigning.

Pelosi Schmelosi on October 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM

The feds still want to look at a computer owned by Zimmerrnan that wasn’t examined by state investigators, just in case he sent any “yes, I shot him because I hate black people” e-mails to someone.

Uh oh. The feds better hope Zimmerman doesn’t experience any hard drive crashes in the near future.

Doughboy on October 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Lets riot!

Blake on October 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Score one for actual justice over social justice.

Bitter Clinger on October 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

There is no justice for the black youth of America.

Bigbullets on October 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Maybe when there is justice for thugs like Obutthead, Holder, Sharpton, Jackson, et al, and black society is allowed to integrate into mainstream culture (ie, work at a job for things you want, stop playing the victim), then, and only then, will there be justice for the (black) youth of America.

But feel free to keep peddling your “justice” bullcrap and do everything to keep the black community down. It’s the only way dimbulbcrats can continue to win.

NOMOBO on October 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

“The DOJ acted stupidly.”

Seriously, this is a good time to remind people that if you are ever involved in and incident that could even remotely be construed to be a hate crime, don’t talk to the cops. STFU and get a lawyer.

Maddie on October 2, 2014 at 11:53 AM

There is no justice for the black youth of America.

Bigbullets on October 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Hey look on the bright side. You can use this as an excuse to go riot and loot some rims, sneakers and big screens. Break into some liquor stores and score some high end booze.

Oldnuke on October 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

“Trayvon’s parents continue to hope and pray for justice…”

You misspelled “revenge”.

The Rogue Tomato on October 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Surely some people in the black community need some new TVs and stereo equipment. Here is the perfect excuse.

The Notorious G.O.P on October 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

“Trayvon’s parents continue to hope and pray for justice…”

“Oh Lord in Heaven please help us stick it to The Man…

… and Honkies and white Hispanics everywhere, Amen.”

————- Saint Trayvon’s Parents’ Prayer

If you need to know why the ghetto culture continues its downward spiral… there’s your answer.

viking01 on October 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM

When do white people get something to riot and loot about? I need some free stuff.

Harbingeing on October 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

only to be replaced by the Michael Brown shooting, which might very well also result in the defendant going free.

Allah, I might be wrong but right now I don’t think there is a defendant in the Brown case. The officer has not has been charged with a crime (except by you and some writers at Huffpo but not by the state). But I’m not a lawyer so maybe I’m confused on the term “defendant” – maybe it also means someone who’s actions are under review even though no charges have been brought.

BoxHead1 on October 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM

There is no justice for the black youth of America.

Bigbullets on October 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Quit putting the cart before the horse.

Buck Farky on October 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Bigbullets on October 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Young people make stupid decisions. Just like the kid who will drink and drive, run on rail road tracks, assault strangers and rob stores then walk in the middle of the street to attract attention. Some times these decisions go terribly wrong, regardless of the race of the genius who made them.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Time to torch a liquor store or two in outrage I suppose.

otlset on October 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

NO! Liquor stores are for looting. Torching is for businesses that provide jobs in the local community.

KW64 on October 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM

The lesson to be learned from this is Saint Trayvon’s parenting failures have blasted through the interviews loot they made off his corpse and now they want more loot… off his corpse.

viking01 on October 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

It’s so weird how the authors at this site seemed to just go with the cnn/msnbc interpretations of both Zimmerman and Ferguson while ALL the righties I know in real life were sceptical about the accusations of wrong doing and racism. There must be a bubble a person lives in once they reach a moderate level of success in media. I wonder if ANY of the authors at HA have friends/professional acquaintances who think that Zimmerman didn’t stalk to kill Martin and that the Officer in Fergusen could very well have been in reasonable fear for his safety?

BoxHead1 on October 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

“Trayvon’s parents continue to hope and pray for justice…”

“Oh Lord in Heaven please help us stick it to The Man…

… and Honkies and white Hispanics everywhere, Amen.”

————- Saint Trayvon’s Parents’ Prayer

If you need to know why the ghetto culture continues its downward spiral… there’s your answer.

viking01 on October 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM

It’s more like, “Oh Lord, please help us get a multimillion dollar settlement from Sanford PD.”

slickwillie2001 on October 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

BoxHead1 on October 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

While I have every reason to believe that Zimmerman is not the sharpest pencil in the box, I believe the jury got it right. As for Ferguson, I truly don’t know and assume that the investigation will be thorough and honest.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

The DOJ had no case.

workingclass artist on October 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

While I have every reason to believe that Zimmerman is not the sharpest pencil in the box, I believe the jury got it right. As for Ferguson, I truly don’t know and assume that the investigation will be thorough and honest.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

There’s been a possible leak in the grand jury in Ferguson…it was exposed on Twitter.

workingclass artist on October 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Looks like the White Hispanic lobbying group got to Dog Eater, justice is delayed yet again.

Bishop on October 2, 2014 at 12:33 PM

This will only compound the disappointment and frustration among black voters if Wilson walks.

Holder’s “Justice” Dept isn’t going to let Wilson walk. Zimmerman was a civilian, Wilson is a cop. BIG difference.

Holder may have a crap case against Wilson, but that hasn’t stopped this administration before.

GarandFan on October 2, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Sharpton and the rest of the racist whiners have played this for about all they can get out of it. Enough – move on.

rplat on October 2, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Sources: DOJ won’t file civil-rights charges against George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin

Because they know THEY DON’T HAVE A CASE. Everyone KNOWS, if Holder HAD a case, they would have by now. It’s the same thing with the Ferguson shooting – they have NO CASE!

easyt65 on October 2, 2014 at 12:40 PM

workingclass artist on October 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I saw that. I believe the juror has been dismissed. We need the truth about this stuff, it helps no one when we don’t get it.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Holder’s teased friendly audiences from time to time with vague promises that “justice” would be done but even he’s been at pains to note that civil-rights cases are hard to win.

Well, I’d say that a decision not to file frivolous civil-rights charges against Zimmerman shows that justice is being done.

Syzygy on October 2, 2014 at 12:42 PM

There is no justice for the black youth of America.

Bigbullets on October 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Sure there is. Every weekend in Chicago. Why, just this past weekend, 7 or 8 of ’em got justice (and also got to meet their Maker) :)

WhirledPeas on October 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM

GarandFan on October 2, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Holder has no say because there is NO CASE:
1) Video shows the young black male rob a convenience store and assault the owner.
2) Witnesses say they saw the youth assault the policeman, who has injuries that correspond to their story.
3) The bullet wounds match the eye witness acounts, such as the shot to the head from when he charged the police with his head down.

A criminal stopped by a cop, disrespects and attacks the cop, gets shot in self defense by the cop. NO CASE…or it would have been filed already…to date no charges have been filed.

easyt65 on October 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Elbert Guillory @ElbertGuillory

Liberalism has destroyed black America. Now it’s time for black America to return the favor.

6:28 PM – 1 Oct 2014

‘Liberalism has destroyed black America’: Louisiana State Senator, Elbert Guillory kicks ass, takes names [video]

Resist We Much on October 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM

You mean “working class white Hispanic voters,” I assume.

segesta on October 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Once again here is another example of the lack of responsibility and accountability in this country today. I fully expect the parents to mimic obamas infamous line Bushs fault. Your son met his justice when he decided to pick a fight with someone with a gun. To the parents: folks he was a thug. Why?

crosshugger on October 2, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Elbert Guillory @ElbertGuillory

Liberalism has destroyed black America. Now it’s time for black America to return the favor.

6:28 PM – 1 Oct 2014

Pitchfork your masters in Nov. They ruined you, for years and years and years. Wake up already. obama hates all beneath his ‘station’. He had done nothing for you, nada. Vote all who stand with him out. They don’t look out for you. They now have a new voter slave-class, the illegals. They only take you for granted.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM

The DOJ ought to concentrate on apprehending, prosecuting, and locking up Eric Holder for his Contempt of Congress charges before he moves to Argentina or Uruguay.

KenInIL on October 2, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Sources: DOJ won’t file civil-rights charges against George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin

Because they know THEY DON’T HAVE A CASE. Everyone KNOWS, if Holder HAD a case, they would have by now. It’s the same thing with the Ferguson shooting – they have NO CASE!

easyt65 on October 2, 2014 at 12:40 PM

In the single face-to-face discussion I had with a Trayvon sympathizer, who had fallen for the media’s BS, I asked him if he knew the timeline of what had happened, if he could tell me which laws Zimmerman broke, and if he could tell me how Martin was acting smartly when he confronted & assaulted Zimmerman. Of course, he didn’t have a rational defense for his outrage, which he was decent enough to admit.

Anti-ControI on October 2, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The DOJ had no case.

workingclass artist on October 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Another case that has slipped under the radar was brought to our attention yesterday in the “Don’t Tase Me Bro!” thread by our friend libfreeanddie; that would be the case of the Wal-Mart shooting in Ohio.

Last week the Grand Jury announced none of the officers (including the shooter cop) would be indicted. The (Republican) Governor and AG immediately asked DOJ to do a followup.

No Indictment in Ohio Wal-Mart Shooting

Officers’ actions were justified in the fatal shooting of a man holding an air rifle inside an Ohio Wal-Mart store, a grand jury determined Wednesday — using surveillance video the slain man’s family said shows the shooting was completely unjustified.

The Greene County grand jury opted not to issue any indictments in the Aug. 5 death of 22-year-old John Crawford III inside a Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, Special Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier said.

A 911 caller reported Crawford was waving what appeared to be a rifle in the store. Police said he was killed after failing to obey commands to put down what turned out to be an air rifle taken from a shelf.

Crawford’s family is now focused on the 911 caller, who may have been giving the cops false evidence during his call.

Del Dolemonte on October 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM

“Trayvon’s parents continue to hope and pray for justice REVENGE…”

(Corrected language in quote to match actual meaning)

landlines on October 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM

What a colossal waste of DOJ resources. Send the bill to the race baiters like Sharpton and Jackson and Spike Lee. All of this would have been avoided and Martin would be alive if his parents had bothered to raise him not to be a thug.

BuckeyeSam on October 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM

And the case has slipped off America’s radar — only to be replaced by the Michael Brown shooting, which might very well also result in the defendant going free.

What defendant might that be, AllahP?

Why leak this news now when the Missouri grand jury is just weeks away from announcing whether Darren Wilson will be charged?

There is that…

Newtie and the Beauty on October 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

That’s raaaaaacist!

KMC1 on October 2, 2014 at 2:31 PM

For more good news on the self-defense front. Michael Dunn is convicted of first degree murder.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on October 2, 2014 at 3:52 PM

So when can George expect to get his Kel-Tec 9mm back from the DOJ who’s been holding it as evidence?

And will it be in one piece and still functional?

xstatic on October 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

I thought there was a 10 percent chance Holder would file charges notwithstanding the unlikelihood of conviction (and yes, I realize that’s unethical)

As if a little thing like that would stop Eric Holder….

On the other hand, the eventual slapdown from a federal judge might have had an impact.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 2, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Why should they, when there’s a much better case awaiting justice in Ferguson. They were late to the party in Orlando, but got to Missouri a lot sooner to stir up the civil unrest with their community compassion team.

Kissmygrits on October 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

There is no justice for the black youth of America.

Bigbullets on October 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Pray that neither Trayvon Martin nor Mike “Gentle Giant” Brown are the poster children for the black youth of America.

unclesmrgol on October 3, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Crawford’s family is now focused on the 911 caller, who may have been giving the cops false evidence during his call.

Del Dolemonte on October 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Given the nature of the claims, I’m betting the caller was a liberal. To them, just carrying is pointing.

Personally, I would have charged the policeman who killed him with murder. Crawford spent what appears to be eight minutes in that store without shooting anyone with that gun. No policeman could ever claim that they shot him in self defense. The video proves that. He’s not even facing the officer and appears to be unaware of anything around him when the officer kills him. I doubt they warned him.

unclesmrgol on October 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM