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George Zimmerman Civil Rights Case Logical Next Step To Seek Justice For Trayvon

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COMMENTARY — Is a George Zimmerman civil rights prosecution in the works? If not, why not?

In the wake of the George Zimmerman “not guilty” verdict, there have been multiple rumors that the Obama administration — specifically Attorney General Eric Holder — has drawn up civils rights charges that will soon be filed against Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Al Sharpton has stated what many people believe — that the acquittal is “is a slap in the face to the American people but it is only the first round in the pursuit of justice.”

The family’s lawyer has already said that they will pursue a civil case against Zimmerman. Civil cases are weighed by the jury based on the preponderance of evidence and not beyond the shadow of the doubt — which explains why they can be more successful than criminal prosecutions. A notorious case would be O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted of murder charges in criminal court but ordered to pay $33.5 million in civil court.

However, I doubt George Zimmerman has any $33.5 million. And I doubt that money is enough to satisfy the family or supporters.

When an armed man can hunt down an unarmed teenager while on the telephone with a 911 dispatcher, kill the teen, and then walk away free, I think it’s fair to assume that there’s a serious problem with justice in the jurisdiction where the event took place.

Therefore, it’s my humble opinion that federal authorities have little option but to come in from outside the troubled community to file the rumored George Zimmerman civil rights case against the self-appointed neighborhood watchman.

The NAACP has posted a petition demanding that the Obama administration take this step. Their petition addressed to AG Holder reads in part:

“The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin. We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.

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

You can read the whole thing there.

You can also sign it.

I already have.

I have believed from the beginning that something was wrong in Florida, starting with the foot-dragging about bringing the case at all.

The bold attempt to pretend that Trayvon Martin was somehow scary to George Zimmerman because he’s alleged to have a picture of a gun and some weed on his cell phone doesn’t impress me much either. I was unable to understand any motive for putting out that kind of information other than to make the unarmed teen the bad guy.

With this outrageous acquittal in a case where the defense attorney was sometimes just phoning it in and making knock-knock jokes, I’m left feeling that the fix was in all along.

Sometimes, where local authorities are corrupt, a federal answer is the only higher authority we have.

In my opinion, it’s the logical next step for the Department of Justice to step in here to prosecute George Zimmerman on civil rights charges.

[2012 Justice for Trayvon protest photo by RoidRanger / Shutterstock.com]

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13 Responses to “George Zimmerman Civil Rights Case Logical Next Step To Seek Justice For Trayvon”

  1. Donnie Hancock

    Who is the ignorant ass that wrote this? These liberal, flame fanning race baiting hypocrites in the media haven't caught on yet that we can NOW watch these type of trials unfold LIVE and their lies carry less influence over the masses,, at least the portion of the public tha cares to be correctly informed.– Zimmerman didn't "track down" Martin and he certainly didn't kill Martin without justification. Zimmerman showed absolutely no evidence of being racist BUT Trayvon was sure proven to be a racist. Martin made racially derogatory towards towards Zimmerman and then physically attacked him– that makes Martin guilty of a "HATE CRIME" by the modern definition of it! Tell me where it is not…

  2. Sarah Weaver Diamond

    You say you had access to listen to this trial, then why didn't you actually listen? Your views and conclusions are distorted my friend. "Are you following him?". "Yeah". Exactly what part of that tells you that Trayvon wasn't being followed? Just wondering.

  3. Illidan Stormragge

    Sarah, there was no evidence to support the claim that GZ followed TM after he was told not to. The entire prosecution had little to no evidence. The local DA refused to go to trial. The case should have never happened. Now clowns like you act surprised once a not guilty verdict comes in. American ignorance is coming a long way into the self destruction of this nation.

  4. Matt Haun

    a civil suit may be what it takes so that zimmerman attorneys can fully prove what a thug this "child" was, he was no child, he was thrown out of his own house for fighting, he bragged of his fighting prowess, it is very likely that after he left the 7-11 and prior to the confrontation he was smoking dope and who knows what else…..trayvon made an unfortunate and very bad decision to confront and beat the wrong "cracker", he won't make the same mistake twice and hopefully there can be a lesson taught to troubled youth not to make the same stupid decisions that he did. If there was no shooting and trayvon beat zimmerman to a pulp then he would have been tried as an adult under fl law, yet no one ever referred to him as that, only a "child"……..children don't do/talk about drugs, fight mma style or use language that trayvon did.

  5. Richie Jetlife Mosiah

    Matt haun just by reading your comment it makes me know that ur extremely arrogant n also very ignorant… The police are there to protect n serve and no matter what u think of TM he was not trespassing, he broke into no homes he did nothing wrong but got spotted by a gun happy asshole who didn't want these "mother fuckers" to get away n when he realized that this kid who he stalked was kicking his ass took out a gun n shot him….

  6. Emfourty Gasmask

    This is completely unfair and this country as a whole would be going down an exceedingly dark and vicious path if this is considered. It essentially tells everybody that, NO. NO MATTER WHAT WE CAN FIND YOU GUILTY. That would be the very DEFINITION of Stalinism. Do we seriously, SERIOUSLY have no issue with this?

  7. Christopher Koulouris

    In the end one can’t be sure what will necessarily be served, whether George Zimmerman is financially buoyant to offer prosecutors what they would seek and most importantly one wonders if the general community has the stomach to take an unfortunate incident and turn into race martydom, especially in light of the many other daily instances of racial stereotyping that afflicts minorities.

    Or is this just a push to get a conviction any which way that will stick….After all how far ought we in society go to one affect justice even if it's not the justice one would like to see…

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2013/07/george-zimmerman-acquittal-leads-to-calls-for-civil-rights-prosecution/