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Little-Known DOJ Cell Watches Trayvon Martin Protests

by Keith Koffler on April 17, 2012, 9:57 am

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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bob April 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm

why are they appeasing these low lifes as opposed to arresting them ?

Tim Crowley April 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm

because they are not brreaking the law.

Big Ed April 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Offering a dead or alive bounty on another person is breaking the law.

drjohn April 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm

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?

Winston April 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

President Romney has his work cut out for him

mahnaz April 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm

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.

Lizzy April 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

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.

Tim Crowley April 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm

This is a good thing. Why do you hate America?

Watch Out April 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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!

Spock April 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

this was an Hispanic vs Black shooting, and thus it shows that the Obama Force is now against hispanics!!

Watch Out April 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm

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?

Shofar April 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm

But the family is CATHOLIC, not Jewish.

anti-Obamunist April 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

“That which is done in secret shall be shouted from the rooftops” – Jesus

Spock April 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Was not the SS like that?? Working quietly in the background in the beginning?

Bob A April 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm

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!

Brock April 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm

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?

Vic April 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Not a racist question, but I’d be curious to know what is the race of these officials?

Ren757 April 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm

The race of the head official who sent these goons to Florida is black. His name is Eric Holder. Regardless the race of his minions, they’re following his orders.

Ren757 April 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Peacemakers my ass. Race baiters is more like it.

Sandy O'Dea April 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm

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.

glitchus April 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Our department of Injustice at work…pathetic.

mikeman April 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm

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.

xJonx April 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

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.

Snitch-in-Time April 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm

There is something creepy and Orwellian about this.

Mark April 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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.

stanley April 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm

The government’s boot on the throat of the American liberty grows ever heavier.

AJ April 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm

“Civil Rights” was never about civil rights but about Cultural Marxism.

AJ April 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm

The media has suppressed at least 7 hate crimes against Whites in Grand Rapids alone!

So where are the protests?

Sandy O'Dea April 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm

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.

Claude Slagenhop April 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I cannot believe this. This is not my country. I’m leaving.

Sandy O'Dea April 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm

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.

Charles April 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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?

Anthony April 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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.

olaf auer April 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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 !

Son of the 101st April 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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.

marg1 April 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm

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.

Marie April 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm

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?

Marie April 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

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.

BadKosh April 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm

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?

Olden Atwoody April 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Are they armed?

Shofar April 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

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!

Dixie Recht April 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

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!

YourAreKidding April 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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.

Jimbo April 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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.

Shofar April 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm

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:

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!

whoblack April 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

“who black”

Don April 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Obama’s very own SS bodyguard organization.

Dave April 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

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.

phillysmart April 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Again the government has become the enemy of the people…Barrack Hussein Obama is the Manchurian candidate

jnsesq April 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Won’t be reading or hearing about this on the non-Fox media. That would be “racist.”

Anon i mouse April 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

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?

Rich April 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Probably just more “agents” scoping for hot chicks…hence the sunglasses.

templeknight April 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

The government of the people for the people, seems with a black at the helm of doj to be quite racist! Our tax dollars are being spent to foment racial tensions, that being said, if zimmerman being 1/2 hispanic and 1/2 caucasian is white then by applying that same rational to obama he’s white, which by extrapolation would mean we don’t have a black president, just a really incompetent white one, who’s a socialist to boot.

Jack Kinch(1uncle) April 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Of this DOJ, not at all surprising. There is nothing demorats wont do.

Chris April 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Zimmerman is a self described Hispanic. President Obama is a self described African-American. The media insists on calling Zimmeran half white, but they never refer to President Obama as half white when describing describing him racially.

Why does the duplicity of the media not shock me anymore?

KatalinX April 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

FYI: China has a supposedly warm fuzzy group of “old uncles” and aunties that police the neighborhoods every day mediating disputes, telling people to turn off their lights and reminding old people to take their evening constitutionals between 7 and 9 PM every night. They’re also called ” the Peacemakers”… Excuse me while I adjust my tinfoil hat…

mahnaz April 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

OMG, I am from Iran, and this group sounds just like the Basijies of the mullahs, a group of secretive “brownshirts” of the mullahs. Why don’t Americans see that they are going down the same path of other despot, authoritarian regimes? This is the USA, why do they want to turn their country into something like an Iran???

ROD April 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm


Racist Obamessiah April 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

POTUS knows all he needs to; i.e., this is an opportunity to invigorate his most reliable voting bloc.

Zimmerman is just his convenient Reuters “white Hispanic” du jour.

am cafone April 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Dear Comrad J, All three are Left wing ideologies. . Communism is radiacal international SOCIALISM. Fascism, as practiced in Italy and Germany is national radical SOCIALISM. Socialism, whether soft, as in the Eurozone, or radical, as in the ideologies named above, never worked anywhere. Meanwhile, capitalism has produced the highest standard of living in history, despite left wing capital redistibution nitwits.

Stand Your Ground Now April 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I have an exclusive story I’m going to drop on Thursday PM on Twitter @sygnow regarding one group and it’s a BIG story. I’m fact checking it and it’s going to be huge.

Are we even surprised with this kind of behavior with the US Justice Department after multiple racially motivated cases either under prosecuted or swept away. Point, the New Black Panthers Party standing outside a Philly polling station with a police baton and standing in an aggressive stance, harassing voters which is illegal under voter intimidation laws.

What if someone did the same thing but held up a noose or burned a cross in the parking lot. I do not subscribe to or support racial tensions / hostility or nothing of that sort. I believe in true justice, which means everyone is charged the same way and everyone is charged for hate crimes even if it’s an African-American woman beating a tranvestite in the bathroom of a McDonalds because she screamed out it’s a man using the women’s bathroom or racially motivated violent crimes by BOTH sides.

Ever heard of Yahweh Ben Yahweh and the Nation of Yahweh down in Miami? Nope. Media is hush on stuff like that and most recently a hammer attack severely injured or killed a man. I’m on news overload right now so I don’t remember the precise thing but regardless a hammer attack is gruesome.

Equal rights, civil rights and justice is equal for everyone.