U.S. Prosecutor in TX Under Review for Derogatory Trayvon Martin Comments


A veteran federal prosecutor in Texas is under review for derogatory comments about minorities and President Obama, reports the Houston Chronicle. John Craft, an attorney in the criminal division in Beaumont, posted comments on a private Facebook page in response to a status update backing stand your ground laws. He made reference to the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, asking “How are you fixed for Skittles and Arizona watermelon fruitcocktail (and maybe a bottle of Robitussin, too) in your neighborhood? I am fresh out of ‘purple drank.’ So, I may come by for a visit. In a rainstorm. In the middle of the night. In a hoodie. Don’t get upset or anything if you see me looking in your window…”

Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was fatally shot last year after going to a nearby store for a package of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea. Craft also wrote that “low information voters carried the day for the Dalibama in the last election” and posted an image of a graphic that said: “Obama: Why Stupid People Shouldn’t Vote.” John Malcolm Bales, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, said his office does not have a social media policy but said he did not agree with Craft’s comments and found any discriminatory sentiments “reprehensible.” “It speaks ill of our office in connection,” Bales said. “We don’t think like that. We don’t act like that.”

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