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Little-Known DOJ Cell Watches Trayvon Martin Protests

A largely unknown group of Justice Department officials has inserted itself into the local Florida protest movement surrounding the killing of Trayvon Martin, assisting the protestors and attending their meetings and rallies.

While the officials are tasked with preventing racial violence, it appears that in carrying out their duties, they have provided significant assistance to those protesting the killing of Martin, who black, by George Zimmerman, who is half white and half Hispanic.

The officials are members of the DOJ’s Community Relations Service, also known as “The Peacemakers,” a special unit established under the 1964 Civil Rights Act and empowered to act to mitigate local tensions between ethnic groups.

From the CRS website:

It is the only Federal entity dedicated to assisting state and local government units, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, incidents, and civil disorders. The CRS works to restore stability and accord.

Under President Obama, the group’s mission has expanded substantially. Officials are permitted to take on a more aggressive role, moving from a “reactionary” to a “preventative” stance, CRS Director Ondray Harris told the website Main Justice. And the categories that can bring in The Peacemakers now include gender, “gender identity,” sexual orientation, religion, and disability.

Martin’s killing set off vocal protests – led by Al Sharpton – demanding the arrest of Zimmerman. Faced with threats of escalating fury from the protestors, Florida officials arrested Zimmerman last week. Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have both suggested sympathy for the protestors or for Martin himself.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, The Peacemakers have ended up offering advice and assistance to the protestors.

When racial tensions flared in Sanford, a league of secretive peacemakers reached out to the city’s spiritual and civic leaders to help cool heated emotions after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February.

When civil-rights organizers wanted to demonstrate, these federal workers taught them how to peacefully manage crowds.

They even arranged a police escort for college students to ensure safe passage for their 40-mile march from Daytona Beach to Sanford to demand justice.

The Peacemakers are viewed by the protestors as a quietly protective, on-the-ground force, the Sentinel story makes clear.

“They were there for us,” said the Rev. Valarie Houston, pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church, a focal point for the community after the unarmed teen’s death. She met the peacekeepers there for the first time during a March 20 town-hall meeting. “We felt protected,” she said.

Houston said the conciliators told her they act as the “eyes and ears of the community” and provided guidance about keeping their message about nonviolence clear.

At every rally, community meeting and march, since the shooting, conciliators were there.

In their Navy blue windbreakers, polo shirts and dark sunglasses, they look like federal agents.

Their caps are embroidered with the Justice Department’s seal. They watch and listen silently. But they say little publicly.

When reporters try to chat them up, they remain stoic, saying simply they cannot talk to the media.

There is a secretive aspect to the group’s activities, although officials assert this is to facilitate participation in The Peacemakers mediation efforts. According to Main Justice, officials are barred from revealing the identity of parties participating in negotiations overseen by the CRS.

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293 Responses to Little-Known DOJ Cell Watches Trayvon Martin Protests

  1. This should be front page news on every media website in the country. These people being “protected” are the same ones that are calling for violence!

    Obama is using this as a political ploy and it just made my eye twitch. I’m disgusted.

  2. THE MEDIA ALWAYS GETS IT WRONG. HISPANIC IS ETNIC NOT RACIAL. MARTIN IS FULLY WHITE AS ALL HISPANICS ARE WHITE UNLESS BLACK MIX THEN HE IS BLACK. HE CANT BE HALF WHITE AND HALF HISPANIC.

    • The only reason this distinction came up, Hispanic Vs White, is that some in the black community WANTS this episode to be about Blacks Vs Whites.

      Your trying to re-define the common understanding of social phenotypes, PROVES your desire to make this a White Vs Black issue.

      This, and the fact that 19 of 20 black murders are black on black murders, and there’s NO OUTRAGE about that, proves your hypocrisy.

      So, in the spirit of generalization, let me reflect your loathing back on you – If the black community CARED about black murders, they would do something about the 19 of 20 which are black on black, THEN they would focus on the 1 of 20 which is by non-blacks.

  3. I hate to admit it but my kids are probably right. Recently they said to me the U.S. is no longer the country we older generations hold dear. They feel let down by debt, increasing govt. monitoring, invasion of privacy and legal demands . All graduate from college this year ranging from Bachelor to M.D. degrees. All are wanting to go overseas for their careers. Can’t say I blame them. While those foreign countries are not all they are cracked up to be..the U.S. isn’t any more either.

  4. We must not jump to conclusions when the killer of 13 Americans is a Muslim and we don’t prosecute Black Panthers, black youths look like Obama’s son but white people act stupidly. Notice a pattern here?

    • Indeed, and as a lifelong Democrat it will give me immense pleasure to go to the polls in November and vote for my first Republican that will get obama the divider out of the White House.

  5. This is disturbing but not surprising. It goes back to Holder ignoring the voter
    fraud by the Black Panthers. Holder is useless on one hand and dangerous on the other. I am loathe to bring up the Germn activities but there are similarities. As Keith’s article Obama aided by Holder and the DOJ continue to
    divide and agitate one group of Americans against the other very dangerous.
    Once these things get started they are difficult if not impossible to stop and there’s not one person in the White House capable of doing anything but making America a very sad place when the country rots from the top.

  6. Who wants to bet the trial is in late September or October. Nothing like a little racial divide to fire up that election base. Nothing from the WH is done without forthought and planning. The Martin case is a perfect oppertunity to race bait the country and take attention away from the real fact that our President is attempting to restructure our country. Arresting a person based on pressure from the community is paramount to goverment supported mob justice. Ironic to find out goverent agents are on scene to assist? Crazy, crazy, crazy. Am I the only one who sees the President as a very cunning, smart, and orginized person. He is not the fool you think, look at what he has done in four years. The President’s conversation with the Russian PM shoudl be very concerning, “When i win in November”, “When???” not “if”. People, be very afraid, it is coming!

      • Then why are all the Black mobs chanting “Kill Whity” as they beat down innocent bystanders walking down the street? I agree, this was a hispanic man with a jewish last name. The press didn’t dismiss the artical as false, bad reporting by the original author, no they embrassed it, blew it up, and ran with it. The real question is why?

  7. If you believe those lies, I have some swamp land I want to sell you. DOJ creating racial tensions! Thats what happens when you have a black, muslim , Kenyan president! There will be NO RACIAL HEALING in the US until 90% of blacks condemn Black violence and support the police to end it!

  8. This outburst of racial outrage brought to you by:
    – Justice Department – Organization
    – Main Stream Media – Advertising

    Meanwhile 19 of 20 Black murders are black on black.

    Where’s the outrage about these 19 of 20 murders???

    Can you spell .- HYPOCRISY?

    • So true, so true. Hate to say it, but these people are the most racists people I’ve ever seen or heard of, especially Obama.

  9. More government waste and interference. Per Whitney Houston, of the AME Baptist church, “we felt protected’. What utter nonsense.

    Let me guess who is qualified to be a member of CRS– it helps to be a democrat, black panther, black muslim, acorn member, or otherwise useful idiot.

    Get used to saying President Romney, mr. holder. You and your gestapo are going to have a lot of explaining to the American taxpayers.

  10. It’s amazing how the Al Sharptons of the world DEMANDS that they not be racial profiled at ALL … all the while DEMANDING that all blacks be racially profiled as victims.

  11. So, basically the DOJ was organizing the protests in Florida. If you did not think it was an Obama stunt to shore up the ethnic vote before, here is your evidence.

    • Sorry AJ, the protest are only for the blacks. And I know what you mean, the 3 blacks guys beat the one white on March 17th and nothing was put out on that one.

  12. So what you’re saying is that the DOJ supported the Black Panthers in their protests? If that’s the case, all involved in this department of DOJ should be fired & charged, as the Panthers put out a bounty on Zimmerman, which is illegal.

  13. Ya think they’re gonna show up in Arizona to help with the Daniel Adkins case? After all, it’s another black/white armed-citizen-shoots-unarmed-man case. Remarkably similar to the Martin/Zimmerman incident. Seems the shooter saw what he thought was a weapon in the (now) dead mans hand. Anyone could make that mistake, it was a leash. With a Golden Retreiver on the end of it. Who wouldn’t think that’s a gun?

    So, Jessie, Al, Eric and the MSM should be all over this case, right?

    Oh, wait. This was an armed black man killing an unarmed white man. No crime there, right Eric?

  14. We now live in a police state with the Federal government employing undercover cells and drones that fly over our neighborhoods, video cameras on every street corner, black hawk helicopters flying over our cities. It will take another civil war to bring America back.

  15. Hey, isn’t that a great federal group – if you are black. All this racial crap will end soon – just as soon as Obama is out of office and Holder is in jail. What horrible people !

  16. It’s on us if we allow blacks to run amuck. This black crime wave would never have happened in 1947-1955 with so many hardened GI’s back home. No, it’s only occuring because we are so dammed soft, but i sense a stiffening of resolve.

  17. This time they tried to calm the protestors. What happens when his royal highness decides they should be a more radical entity?

    This is so wrong on many levels.

    • Marg1, obama is doing a wonderful job keeping a tight reign on his GSA, Secret Service and ATF/FBI. We need not worry that anyone working for him would ever do anything wrong.
      May I laugh my insides out now?

  18. Mr. Zimmerman is half white. How strange, that is not common in the world? I thought there were many mixed race people in the world.
    I was looking for a news article that was not written by hyper-race conscious “reporters”.
    If the people responsible for reporting the “news” were to set aside the race aspect their reporting would be more credible.

  19. HERE IS ANOTHER waste of tax dollars.
    Why are THEY meddling in LOCAL POLICE issues?
    Why is this always to help Blacks, but not ANY OTHER ethnic group?

  20. As I read through the comments and replies posted, intrigued by the debate over Marxism, communism, socialism, fascism, and all the other “isms” that have filled the modern English lexicon, I am reminded of a few simple facts.

    Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) begins at sunset April 18, 2012, and ends at sunset April 19, 2012. We remember the Holocaust because of Nationalsozialismus (National Socialism, or the Nazis). On April 19, 1993 American liberalism (AKA the Democratic Party) via its President, William Jefferson Clinton, engaged in a siege of a place called the Branch Davidians, killing nearly 80 people, including 20 children. A year earlier, August, 1992, that same administration authorized deadly force at Ruby Ridge, leaving three dead. In retaliation for what was perceived as an attack by the federal government on US citizens, Timothy McVeigh engaged in the worst terror attack on US soil before September 11, 2001, killing nearly 650 people in the OKC bombing. McVeigh’s murderous response was directly brought on due to a Democrat controlled DOJ.

    Now we find out that the DOJ has agents whose main job it seems, is to act as agent provocateurs here on American soil. Is this Democratic controlled DOJ going to have its own Ruby Ridge and Waco? And if so, what will the fall out be? God help us!

  21. Wow, our government dollars at work and Holder’s DOJ at the helm!

    They did fantastic things here, for example:
    > When the Black Panthers put out wanted posters, NOTHING WAS DONE
    > When the Black Panthers called for Zimmerman’s death, DOJ did nothing
    > When the mob took over the city, Holder’s DOJ paid for the bus tickets to a protest!
    > When Zimmerman was being investigated, DOJ NEVER asked for calm and to let the local DA do its job. Quite the contrary.
    > When ABC posted the name of a witness who was a MINOR, therefore endangering the minor and its family, nary a peep of apology or protection granted the exposed witness.
    > When Zimmerman was in hiding and fearing for his life, DOJ offered no protection. I thought we were innocent until proven guilty in this country. Apparently not in Obama’s DOJ. If you are black, the government is behind you but no other race is afforded the same benefit.

    November is coming soon. This regime MUST go!

  22. Wait!?
    This article is saying that We The People are demonstrating against Justice?!
    We are paying the DOJ to demonstrate for one group against another!?

    This is one twisted Government we have. Where in our Constitution is there a clause that requires the TAX PAYERS to pay for social demonstrations of one group in favor of another.

    One more reason The Constitution MUST be re-instated and the Massive Government Leviathan be dismantled.

  23. George Zimmerman is NOT “half-white”. Please STOP REPORTING THIS FALSE INFORMATION. George Zimmerman is half-Jewish and half-Hispanic. STOP TELLING LIES ABOUT THIS CASE.

    • Jimbo – your antisemitism is showing!

      George Zimmerman is not, and I repeat NOT JEWISH!!!!!

      His father is a practicing Catholic, and George was an ALTER BOY, never saw one of those in Temple!

      From the WaPo: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/who-is-george-zimmerman/2012/03/22/gIQAkXdbUS_story.html

      Before you or any of the other right and left wing anti-Semites try and blame this on some Kabbalistic Jewish conspiracy, learn what the hell you are talking about.

      I still think the only reason this entire story got any traction to begin with is some ass in the WH saw a story that said an unarmed black teen was killed by a white guy with a Jewish sounding name. It played right into the pro-Arab mentality of Obama, and they ran with it without fact checking things first. Makes for great headlines, “Jews killing black teens in America” talk about stirring up a pot of crap. But as usual, the O Team got it wrong, and so do YOU!

  24. This is looking more and more like a 21st century lynching, even have the Feds involved helping to “protect” the demostrators. I do not recall any threats against the demonstrators, however I do recall many threats made by the dempostrators. So I guess from this we can conclude that the Federal government now condones death threats against anybody that they deem unacceptable okay.

  25. I find it interesting that most times when you see something from the media about Zimmerman…they define him as half white and half Hispanic. You don’t a description of ZerObama as the first half white/half black president or Harry Reid as the first half white/retarded Senate majority leader or Nancy as half white/half idiot speaker of the house. Wonder why that is?