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Wednesday
Jul172013

AG Holder ignores brutal hate crimes as administration politicizes the death of Trayvon Martin

Thomas Perez self-identifies as "Latino' in his bio at DoJ. Attorney General Eric Holder has now set up a special email address for people to send tips that might help the U.S. Dept. of Justice build a new case against the shooter of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman.

The address was disclosed in an Orlando Sentinel article about a conference call led by Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.

Zimmerman was acquitted at trial, but Holder does not accept the jurors’ verdict.

Perez is known for his zeal in ramping up hate crimes cases. His entire career has been funded by taxpayers on some levels.

Hate crimes laws are, of course, unconstitutional, illegally elevating various classes of Americans’ rights above others. Numerous laws exist to prosecute all crimes, but Democrats have built hate crime infrastructure as a political device.

In my opinion, there is no more rabid partisan than Perez, and his actions have contributed, along with those of his fellow Democrats, to expanding divisiveness in the U.S.

Ironically, although Holder has made numerous speeches inciting black people over the outcome of Zimmerman’s trial, the attorney general has not breathed a word of compassion or concern over other cases that should have been deemed hate crimes but were not.

After Omar Thornton killed 8 people in 2010, neither Holder nor anyone else in the Obama administration showed concern. CBS quoted Thornton: “I killed the five racists.”

An investigation found no racism at the unionized company where Thornton worked. What was known was that Thornton was dismissed from his job for stealing. His thefts were documented on video.

CBS omitted material about Thornton’s alleged crimes in an article about the case.

NBC selectively edited a tape of Zimmerman’s 911 call in initial reportage about that case.

In 2012, two reporters in Virginia were beaten in what anyone with half her wits would recognize as racially motivated. No hate crime label. No angst from Democrats.

One of the most brutal crimes in recent history also should have been classified as a hate crime. It wasn’t. Four people in Knoxville carjacked a young couple in 2007, kidnapped them, tortured them and raped both of them before murdering them. The four murderers were convicted, but they all qualified for new trials after the judge admitted he used a widely prescribed drug during the trials. No mention of federal hate crime charges have surfaced ahead of the new trials.

Numerous cases could be classified as hate crimes, but apparently a white victim and perhaps even someone self-described as hispanic would have to be gay to warrant hate crime designation by Holder’s Dept. of Justice.

As Holder and his fellow Democrats stump for hate crimes—probably out of concerns over low turnout ahead in 2014 elections—they’re also calling for repeal of Stand Your Ground laws although Zimmerman’s defense team didn’t invoke SYG when he was tried.

Ironically, in Florida, SYG has been used more by blacks than whites, according to figures The Daily Caller pulled from a database maintained by The Tampa Bay Times:

But approximately one third of Florida “Stand Your Ground” claims in fatal cases have been made by black defendants, and they have used the defense successfully 55 percent of the time, at the same rate as the population at large and at a higher rate than white defendants, according to a Daily Caller analysis of a database maintained by the Tampa Bay Times.  Additionally, the majority of victims in Florida “Stand Your Ground” cases have been white.

African Americans used “Stand Your Ground” defenses at nearly twice the rate of their presence in the Florida population, which was listed at 16.6 percent in 2012.

It’s time for a discussion on hate crimes laws. Every group Democrats categorize for special treatment can be counted on to vote Democrat in most elections. That is not legal under the U.S. Constitution.

Murder is murder and all murder could technically be ascribed to hatred of some type.

Democrats culled the murder of Trayvon Martin out as a political device ahead of the 2012 election over fears that their loyalists would not turn out because their policies have not improved employment, public education, or healthcare for the voters who automatically vote Democrat whether it makes sense or not.

The outcome of the Zimmerman trial disturbed many of us as did the outcome of the trial following the shooting of Christopher Cervini.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 17, 2013)

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