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Holder Stands Down on George Zimmerman, DOJ Won’t File ‘Race’ Charges

21st Century Wire says…

After a three year-long federal effort which expended tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money, the US Department of Justice finally gave up on trying to construct a ‘racism’ case against George Zimmerman over the highly controversial shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Why did Washington try so hard to make this local law enforcement case into a federal case?

It became one of the most politicized incidents in the US in 2012, after US Attorney General Eric Holder, along with professional agitator, Reverend Al Sharpton, all converged on the city of Sanford, Florida.

With crowds, mobs and media in tow, the story quickly escalated a narrative of “race” around the tragic shooting – further polarizing the country along racial and political lines. Some believe the object of the White House exercise was to accumulate additional political capital during a re-election year.

From the onset, President Barack Obama made the decision to inject race into the issue with his famous comment, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon…”. Later on, after Zimmerman’s acquittal of second degree murder charges in 2013, the President unleashed a long set of racially-charged comments which further inflamed the national conversation. “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago”, remarked Obama. “There are very few African-Americans who have not had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had the chance to get off. That happens often,” he added.

Obama and Holder’s three-year hunt finally came to an end yesterday…

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Attorney General Eric Holder and the formerly accused, George Zimmerman.

Paige Lavender
Huff Post

The Department of Justice will not file charges against George Zimmerman for the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, ABC News and CBS News reported Tuesday.

ABC reports:

ABC News has learned Martin’s family will soon be notified that the Justice Department will not be filing charges against George Zimmerman, who shot the 17-year-old after a confrontation in 2012. Thursday marks three years to the day since Martin was killed.

Federal prosecutors concluded there is not sufficient evidence to prove Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Fla., intentionally violated Martin’s civil rights, sources told ABC News.

In October 2014, the Washington Post reported DOJ investigators had determined there was insufficient evidence to charge Zimmerman, but still wanted to “dot their i’s and cross their t’s.”

The Justice Department first announced in July 2013 it would look into the killing of the 17-year-old, who was shot by Zimmerman — a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida — while walking home carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced tea.

After four weeks of testimony, a jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in July 2013…

Continue this article at Huff Post

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