DOJ solicits email tips in Zimmerman civil rights probe


The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday afternoon appealed to civil rights groups and community leaders, nationally and in Sanford, for help investigating whether a federal criminal case might be brought against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, one advocate said.

The DOJ has also set up a public email address to take in tips on its civil rights investigation.

Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – who earlier in the day joined calls for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, said that later in the afternoon, she joined a U.S. Department of Justice conference call to discuss the prospects.

“They were calling on us to actively refer anyone who had any information,” that might build a case against Zimmerman for either a civil rights violation or a hate crime, Arnwine said. “They said they would very aggressively investigate this case.”

Arnwine said the call was convened at about 3:30 p.m. by Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, and included representatives from the FBI, and several federal prosecutors, she said. DOJ officials also said they would open a public email address so people could send in tips on the case.

That email address, which is now in operation, is

In addition to Arnwine’s group, Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Laura Murphy, Washington Chapter head of the ACLU; and several national, Florida and Sanford-based “human relations” groups participated, Arnwine said.

During the call, DOJ officials announced they had set up a way for people to send email tips that could help aid in their investigation. The email address will be operational later this week.,0,4338518.story

Desperation at its finest.....
Dear Department of Justice,

As a concerned citizen, I feel I must answer the call for tips regarding your civil rights investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin. It has come to my attention that recently acquitted George Zimmerman has ties to an organization that fought against the emancipation of slaves, opposed the 1964 civil rights acts, and spawned the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow laws. Members of George’s sordid organization don’t limit their bigotry to African Americans,

and indeed have disturbingly backwards views of Indians

as well as Jews

This organization has even promoted injustice and voter intimidation on the basis of a person’s skin color, damaging our very faith in our democracy.

As you can see on this form,

George Zimmerman is publicly and shamelessly registered with this disturbed organization (see the fourth row, third entry).

It is my hope that this tip will assist you as you endeavor to understand George’s true and potentially racist motives when he shot Trayvon Martin during the beating. I have even heard accounts that at least one of the parties in this fight had an anti-homosexual motive.

The former Chief of Police for Sanford, the investigator assigned to this case, and a unanimous jury have all concurred that George was not guilty of a crime, and a significant majority of Americans agree, so I imagine the Department of Justice grows weary of the wrong result being reached so many times by so many people. The truth is out there and you seem to need all the help you can get. Godspeed.

You’re welcome,

A Concerned Citizen