Attorney General Eric Holder has been accused of failing to charge members of a radical African American group that placed a $10,000 bounty on the head of Trayvon Martin’s shooter because of his race.
A letter sent from a member of George Zimmerman’s family to Holder — who is black — said, “I would surmise that, based on your own definition of a hate crime, you have chosen not to arrest these individuals based solely on your race. There is no other explanation.”
The letter was posted on Scribd.com
but the author — who signed him or herself “A Concerned Zimmerman Family Member,” was not identified. The Daily Caller said it knew the identity but was not releasing it “out of concern for the family’s safety.”
The letter, dated Monday, claimed that “many in the black community have formed what many are calling a ‘lynch mob’ against George Zimmerman. The rhetoric from the black community has ranged from benign to incredibly violent.”
Martin, 17, was shot dead on Feb. 26 in the Orlando suburb of Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, has admitted he pulled the trigger but said it was because Martin attacked him, a claim Martin’s family has contested.
Special prosecutor Angela Corey has yet to decide whether Zimmerman, 28, should face charges.
In the letter, Zimmerman’s family member tells Holder, “There is the appearance of racism in every way this has been handled and it is not coming from the supporters of George Zimmerman."
The writer asks why Holder’s Department of Justice “is not arresting the New Black Panthers for hate crimes?” In the wake of Martin’s death the group’s leader Mikhail Muhammed offered a $10,000 bounty for Zimmerman’s capture. Posters put out by the group say “Child killer of Trayvon Martin wanted Dead or Alive.”
The letter writer tells Holder, “The Zimmerman family is in hiding because of the threats that have been made against us, yet the DOJ has maintained an eerie silence on this matter.”
“These threats are very public. If you haven’t been paying attention just do a Google search and you will find plenty. Since when can a group of people in the United States put a bounty on someone’s head, circulate Wanted posters publicly, and still be walking the streets?”
The writer then claims the reason is down to racism. “Again, we are not talking about racism on the side of George Zimmerman.”
The writer says that even if Zimmerman is not found guilty, he will never be able to live a normal life again. “He will live his life looking over his shoulder wondering when he will be attacked by the lynch mob.
“Based solely upon your office’s definition of a hate crime, which states, ‘Others may become frustrated and angry if they believe the local government and other groups in the community will not protect them’ is exactly the way we feel now.”
The writer says “the tragedy” of Martin’s death had no racial component, adding, many are using it as a way to make money and further their agenda. "The chasm between blacks and whites deepens every time these groups show up to further their own cause.
“Strangely enough this case has a lot of parallels to those of Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ George Zimmerman has been treated much like Tom Robinson was, chastised for not being the right [or wrong[ color and found guilty based on race factors.”
The letter then asks Holder to act like the book’s hero Atticus Finch and do the right thing, adding that Holder’s boss, President Barack Obama would “refer to this as a ‘teachable moment.’"
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