The Department of Justice has a little-known division called the Community Relations Service. Through FOIA requests Judicial Watch has obtained documents detailing the involvement of DOJ employees from the CRS in organizing protests and demonstrations against George Zimmerman prior to the Trayvon Martin murder trial.
“We used Freedom of Information Act, which allows us to get documents about government activities, to ask the Department of Justice about what it was up to in Florida through its Community Relations Service, which is a little-known arm of the Justice Department,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told KTRH. “It seems based on the documents we have they sent Justice Department employees down to [Sanford] Florida to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.”
The document JW obtained reveal details such as a $671.14 expenditure March 25-27, 2012 spent by the Community Relations Service staff “deployed to Sanford, Florida to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies rlated to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.”
Similar documents revealed expenditures for March 25-28, 2012; March 30-April 1, 2012; April 3-12, 2012; and April 11-12, 2012 all involving the George Zimmerman case.
“I think it’s unusual for the Department of Justice to go and organize demonstrations calling for the prosecution of an individual. Some of these demonstrations were obviously racially-charged. I think most of the Americans would object to the federal government involving themselves in this way,” said Fitton.