To pay government employees to help organize racially-charged demonstrations...
..."Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that the Department of Justice spent thousands of taxpayer dollars to provide assistance for anti-Zimmerman protests in 2012, the Daily Caller reported Wednesday. Among the protests assisted by the Justice Department was one headlined by activist and MSNBC host Al Sharpton.
At issue is the money spent by so-called "peacekeepers" in the Community Relations Service, a division of the DOJ that, according to Judicial Watch, the organization that requested the information, "purports to spot and quell racial tensions nationwide before they arise..."
Judicial Watch said that:
CRS employee spent $1,142.84 to travel to Sanford, Florida from March 25-28, 2012 “to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies”;
CRS employee spent $751.60 to travel to Sanford, Florida from March 30-April 1, 2012 “to provide technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31”;
CRS employee spent $1,307.40 to travel to Sanford, Florida from April 3-12, 2012 “to provide technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford”;
CRS employee spent $672.24 to travel to Tampa, Florida from April 18-20, 2012 “to meet with RNC official related to possible protests and demonstrations during the RNC”
Judicial Watch also said it obtained an audio recording of a “community meeting” held at Second Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Sanford on April 19, 2012.
The meeting reportedly opened with a gospel hymn and organ music and reportedly led to the official ouster of Sanford’s Police Chief Bill Lee, Judicial Watch said.
According to Judicial Watch, that meeting produced a nine-point plan, the main demand being Chief Lee's removal.
The Daily Caller said a DOJ spokesperson initially said she did not know "off the top of her head" what role the CRS played in the anti-Zimmerman protests.
But DOJ spokesperson Dena Iverson later said in an email that "the Community Relations Service was in Florida as part of their mandated mission" while providing a link to the CRS’s website.
Since the case broke last year, George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer on trial for the shooting death of Martin, has received thousands of death threats. It is impossible to determine how many of those threats are a direct result of taxpayer-funded activities by the DOJ. Those documents detail the extraordinary intervention by the Justice Department in the pressure campaign leading to the prosecution of George Zimmerman,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “My guess is that most Americans would rightly object to taxpayers paying government employees to help organize racially-charged demonstrations.”
Seriously?!? WTF?? I am utterly baffled when I saw this! I put in a question to Fact.org to see if this article is actually true! If this is true, we as a society, are in major trouble, especially if you are white. What are thoughts?
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