Will George Zimmerman face federal charges?
W.A.T.E.R. 17 | 8/8/2013, 9:32 a.m. | Updated on 8/8/2013, 9:32 a.m.
Last month’s heartbreaking not-guilty verdict concluding the Trayvon Martin murder trial in Florida helped feed the skepticism that the Department of Justice, led by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, will pursue civil rights violations charges against the teen’s admitted killer, let alone garner a conviction.
“That is going to be very, very difficult because of the burden that you have to establish in civil rights cases,” determined attorney Michael Tariff Warren. “Basically, there has to be a race element that you can demonstrate that can serve as a basis for the actions of the person who is the subject of such charges—in this case, George Zimmerman.”
Some say that by the defense avoiding race as a major issue throughout the trial, they tactically defused the volatile topic, thereby tipping the scales in their client’s favor.
Meanwhile, two days after the murder of the unarmed 17-year-old, one of Zimmerman’s cousins, in anonymity, accused him of fondling her as a youth and confessed: “I know George, and I know that he does not like Black people,” she told Sanford police. “He would start something. He’s a very confrontational person; it’s in his blood, let’s just say that. I don’t want this poor kid and his family to just be overlooked.”
She also urged them to “get character reports from other people and see if he’s ever said anything about Black people, about being racist or anything like that, because I guarantee you there’s somebody out there who will say it.”
Additionally, records revealed that while on patrol in recent years, the watchman repeatedly called 911 about 47 times, reporting allegedly suspicious Black males.
Warren said, “To establish a racial pretext, and we know there was a racial pretext, but being able to establish it and demonstrating it clearly enough that it becomes a basis for violating the civil rights statutes that would apply is very difficult. So I don’t have any high hopes for any investigation that may be ongoing that would ultimately have an objective of concerting those types of charges. I just don’t see it occurring.”
Some allege that Martin was victimized twice—first by the insecure quasi-cop, then the courts, saying the trial was a rehearsed charade to appease the public’s demands for justice, and that state attorney Angela Corey assigned special prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda knowing the outcome beforehand and didn’t want to take the weight herself.
“We must be our own police, judge and jury,” suggested Abiodun Oyewole, founding member of the legendary Last Poets. “Our weapons must be our undying love for each other. We have wisdom, intelligence and power … with unity, we will have justice.”
Many concur that even in a supposedly “post-racial” America, it is still open season on Black men.
“[World Heavyweight Champion] Jack Johnson, back in the 1920s, was knocking white boys out in the ring … there was a clear understanding in white America that you do not touch Jack Johnson because he was a cash cow,” concluded Abiodun. “But every time he beat a white man in the ring, a Black man died in various cities throughout the country because they couldn’t kill Jack Johnson, so at random, they took it out on innocent Black men.
The fact is that we now have another Jack Johnson in our midst. That’s what Barack Obama would appear to be in the minds of many who are not happy about him being there. They know if he were to get assassinated, this country might go up in smoke, so leave him alone … but kill every Black male we can get our hands on. No Black male is safe!”