Like the racially-charged sham prosecution of the Duke lacrosse team, the racially charged prosecution of George Zimmerman was partly triggered by the threats of Malik Zulu Shabazz, the head of the racist and anti-Semitic New Black Panther Party.
The New Black Panther Party was among the first groups to agitate for Zimmerman to be prosecuted, starting with a rally outside the Sanford, Florida police headquarters on March 11, 2012–just three days after the Associated Press had errantly referred to Zimmerman as “white.” Al Sharpton, widely credited with fanning the flames, arrived the next day.
As Andrew Breitbart reported in 2011, the New Black Panthers’ Shabazz also marched with candidate Obama and shared a podium with him in Selma, Alabama in 2007.
Shabazz is also the same defendant that Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department cut loose from the voter intimidation case of United States v. New Black Panther Party, a case I prosecuted. Shabazz was dismissed after we obtained a default against Shabazz for failing to respond to our lawsuit.
That’s justice, Eric Holder-style.
After Trayvon Martin was killed, Shabazz took his act on the road to Sanford, Florida.
There, Shabazz used threats of mob violence, as he did in Durham, North Carolina, to cause Sanford law enforcement to tremble and to act. At those rallies, the New Black Panthers announced a bounty on George Zimmerman. One Panther poster said “dead or alive.” Recently, another of Shabazz’s henchmen stated he hoped Zimmerman would be killed in prison.
Most importantly, at these Sanford rallies, Shabazz demanded action–both from Holder and in the form of criminal charges against Zimmerman. He would get exactly what he demanded.
Criminal charges followed his threats, even after the police found no probable cause.
Eric Holder also acquiesced to Shabazz, sending the Justice Department Community Relations Service (CRS) to Sanford.
In the past, including when I served at Justice, the CRS prided itself on impartiality–in both perception and fact. But not anymore.
Holder’s CRS didn’t travel to Sanford to restrain the mob. They went to Florida to help it.
Why hasn’t Holder condemned the threats of mob violence by Shabazz and his followers? Why hasn’t Holder’s CRS lectured Shabazz like they have the Sanford Police Department about what Holder believes is Sanford’s racial insensitivity?
The prosecution of George Zimmerman shares all the same cast of characters as the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers–only the script has changed. This time, the New Black Panthers are among the accusers, not the accused.
As I have reported, right now at the Justice Department, posters expressing racial solidarity with Trayvon Martin adorn doors of offices at the Civil Rights Division. This same Civil Rights Division may yet bring criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
When Judicial Watch sought DOJ documents from the Civil Rights Division, they were denied because of an “open investigation.”
This is justice, race-hustler style, and it is what we’ve come to expect from Eric Holder and the New Black Panther Party.