OBAMA, DOJ AND NAACP GANGING UP ON HISPANIC ZIMMERMAN: OBAMA WHITE HOUSE WILL REVIEW GEORGE ZIMMERMAN CASE ONCE THE PETITION HAS 100,000 SIGNATURES, WHERE’S THE HISPANIC SUPPORT FOR THIS POOR GUY?

White House petition calls for federal civil-rights prosecution of George Zimmerman, attracts 15,000 signatures in less than a day

By David Martosko In Washington PUBLISHED: 15 July 2013

The administration has said it will review and respond to any petition signed by at least 100,000 people. That number was set at 25,000 until January. Its ‘We the People’ web page was an innovation embraced by Obama as part of his effort in 2009 to make the White House more accessible to online visitors.

 
A petition calling for the Obama administration to prosecute George Zimmerman under federal civil rights laws attracted 15,000 signatures in less than 24 hoursA petition calling for the Obama administration to prosecute George Zimmerman under federal civil rights laws attracted 15,000 signatures in less than 24 hours, placing the administration on a collision course with its own promise to review petitions signed by 100,000 Americans

The petition, launched by an unnamed person in Ashland, Kentucky, is titled ‘Civil Rights Prosecution of George Zimmerman by United States Department of Justice for death of Trayvon Martin

It asks Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute Zimmerman ‘for depriving Trayvon Martin of his Constitutional Rights of Life and Liberty … as swiftly and expeditiously as is possible.’

 At the rate of 15,000 signatures per day, the petition will amass the magic number of 100,000 signatures by July 21, triggering a White House response by August 20.

A similar petition – although a nonbinding one – from the NAACP has attracted nearly 300,000 signatures. That effort has been boosted by the multiple television appearances of NAACP president Benjamin Jealous since a jury exonerated Zimmerman on Saturday night.

 
Civil wrongs? Attorney General Eric Holder could soon be in a position to charge George Zimmerman with a federal crime, even though he was cleared by a jury in state courtCivil wrongs? Attorney General Eric Holder could soon be in a position to charge George Zimmerman with a federal crime, even though he was cleared by a jury in state court

 

Demonstrators massed in Times Square Saturday night after a march against Zimmerman's acquittal. Most of the protests nationwide were peacefulDemonstrators massed in Times Square Saturday night after a march against Zimmerman’s acquittal. Most of the protests nationwide were peaceful, and will add fuel to the fire calling for another criminal case

Civil rights charges are generally reserved for defendants who represent government agencies, and who have been cleared by lower courts. Zimmerman, despite a desire to be a police officer, was acting on his own when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

Although Zimmerman himself is Hispanic, media outlets have described Martin’s death as an example of unjustified white-on-black violence.

The neighborhood watch captain faced second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

Zimmerman’s attorneys successfully argued that it was a self-defense case of justifiable homicide.

Activists from civil rights groups and other politically liberal organizations have called on the Obama administration to use federal civil rights laws to prosecute him, despite the ‘not guilty’ verdict handed down by a Florida jury.

 
Lean forward: MSNBC host Al Sharpton (top row, center) was with the late Trayvon Martin's parents and supporters as the verdict and subsequent press conferences were shown on live TVLean forward: MSNBC host Al Sharpton (top row, center) was with the late Trayvon Martin’s parents and supporters as the verdict and subsequent press conferences were shown on live TV, including his own network

 

 
'We are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken,' President Obama said on Sunday, but his administration is being pressured to hit Trayvon Martin's killer with new criminal charges‘We are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken,’ President Obama said on Sunday, but his administration is being pressured to hit Trayvon Martin’s killer with new criminal charges based on racial elements in his death

Attorney General Holder indicated in 2012 that the Justice Department would have to clear a “very high “barrier” before it could lodge civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

But during a speech to Rev. Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network, he assured the assembled black activists that ‘if we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action, and at every step, the facts and law will guide us forward.’

In a statement Sunday, the Justice Department said the criminal section of the civil rights division, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida were continuing to evaluate the evidence generated during an earlier federal probe.

‘Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction,’ the statement read, ‘and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the Department’s policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial.’

 
Sighs of relief: Jurors found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2012 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida Sighs of relief: Jurors found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2012 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida

 
The NAACP, headed by Benjamin Jealous, launched its own nonbinding petition online, demanding civil-rights criminal charges against the newly exonerated ZimmermanThe NAACP, headed by Benjamin Jealous, launched its own nonbinding petition online, demanding civil-rights criminal charges against the newly exonerated Zimmerman

Civil rights activists including Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson have openly called for the civil rights division to use its prosecutorial power.

‘We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation,’ a statement from the NAACP read.

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

During an appearance Sunday on CNN, Jackson called for the DOJ to ‘intervene’ and ‘take this [case] to another level.’

‘I know this case has elicited strong passions,’ President Barack Obama said in a statement on Sunday.

‘And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher.  But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.  I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.’

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