Role of DOJ’s Community Relations Service in Zimmerman-Martin Case Disputed


Fox News’ Sean Hannity, quoting Judicial Watch, reported that the U.S. Justice Department’s Community Relations Service (CRS) was deployed to Florida after the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman. The only problem, Slate reports, is that the report doesn’t seem accurate. DOJ did send in mediators from the Community Relations Service, and “the result was peaceful rallies, after which a police chief resigned and Zimmerman was charged.” That doesn’t stop conservative critics, says Slate. “The CRS's participation in these meetings appears to be intimidating,” says Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “You got these guys in dark glasses and hats in the back of rooms, I just don’t see that as neutral advocacy. It seems they were focusing the anger of the activists who wanted the prosecution of Zimmerman, and making sure those activists were talking to the right people. If they were impartial, why weren't they talking to Zimmerman's family?” Watch for more focus on CRS’ role if Zimmerman is acquitted and there are protests in Florida or elsewhere.

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