Holder Calls Martin Shooting an “Unnecessary Killing”

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Attorney General Eric Holder is calling the killing of Trayvon Martin a “tragic, unnecessary shooting,” and said the Justice Department will follow “the facts and the law” as it reviews evidence to see whether federal criminal charges are warranted.

In his first comments since the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Martin case, the attorney general said the 17-year-old’s death provides an opportunity for the nation to speak honestly about complicated and emotionally charged issues.

He said the nation must not forgo an opportunity toward better understanding of one another.

On Sunday, the Justice Department said it is reviewing evidence in the case to determine whether criminal civil rights charges would be brought.

The department opened an investigation into Martin’s death last year but stepped aside to allow the state prosecution to proceed.

Holder said, “We are … mindful of the pain felt by our nation surrounding the tragic, unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last year.” The attorney general’s characterization of the killing drew strong applause from the audience at the 51st national convention of the Delta Sigma Theta, the nation’s largest African-American sorority.

“Independent of the legal determination that will be made, I believe that this tragedy provides yet another opportunity for our nation to speak honestly about the complicated and emotionally charged issues that this case has raised,” Holder said.

“We must not _ as we have too often in the past _ let this opportunity pass,” he added.

“I hope that we will approach this necessarily difficult dialogue with the same dignity that those who have lost the most, Trayvon’s parents, have demonstrated throughout the last year _ and especially over the past few days,” said Holder. “They suffered a pain that no parent should have to endure _ and one that I, as a father, cannot begin to conceive.”

The Justice Department says the criminal section of the agency’s civil rights division, along with the FBI and federal prosecutors in Florida, are all continuing to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal investigation, plus evidence and testimony from the state trial.

The NAACP and others are calling on the Justice Department to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman. Thousands of demonstrators from across the country protested the jury’s decision to clear Zimmerman in the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager.

Also, the White House said President Barack Obama won’t involve himself in the Justice Department decision on whether to pursue civil rights charges against Zimmerman. White House spokesman Jay Carney said it would be inappropriate for Obama to express an opinion on how the department deals with Zimmerman.

Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, called the verdict “a travesty and miscarriage of justice” and urged the Justice Department to bring criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

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  • jason

    Trayvonne killing George, as he threatened with words and actions, would be an unnecessary killing too.

    • Lewis

      Oh but that doesn’t count, you see, as Holder only sees the world through afro-american tinted (tainted) glasses, at least in this matter he does…

  • dufus

    It’s always different when a white or hispanic is involved. Holder is a complete blithering
    a**hole who should not even be in the office he holds. This country is lower than whale
    s*it and that is in the bottome of the ocean.

    • lraivala

      You mean White or White Hispanic. There is no Hispanics anymore as that was clear for everyone to see during this trial.

  • Kent2012

    holder is an unnecessary clown

    • Devasahayam

      IMO, Hoodlum was the one off whom Stephen King modelled “Pennywise” (clown-disguise of utterly-evil title-character IT).

    • sreynolds

      holder and obama are ass-clowns…..

  • Phil Bronner

    It’s only an unnecessary killing if you wanted the guy on the bottom murdered. Holder is the most racist AG we’ve had since the Wilson era…

    • Devasahayam

      Drop the “since the Wilson era…” and it’s still accurate!

      • Phil Bronner

        I stand corrected!!!!! LOL

    • TexasOlTimer

      Since Zimmerman lost sight of Martin and he never said or did anything to Martin, Martin had the opportunity to continue on to his father’s girlfriend’s condo and nothing would have happened. Since Martin made the decision to go after that ‘crazy a** cracka’ he also bears the consequence of his actions. Had Zimmerman’s gun not become visible during Martin’s beating him, it’s quite possible that Zimmerman would have been dead from the beating. Had Martin got his hands on the gun, it’s for sure that Zimmerman would have been dead. Yes, the killing was completely unnecessary – had Martin simply gone on his way and not made the decision to go after another person, hit him breaking his nose and then proceed to beat the other guy, no killing would have happened. Actions have consequences.

  • charlie

    sounds good but we all know withholder is incapable of understanding either facts or law so as usual is flapping his gums and will do what he wants regardless of what the facts and laws have shown. HE MUST GO NOW arrest, charge, convict and execute ALL of these traitiors according to the LAWS OF OUR LAND.

  • JHW

    Holder is a racist POS.

  • abagoz

    Hey Holder! Brian Terry was un-necessary killing! You jack wagon

    • lraivala

      Jamie Zapta was an Unnecessary killing, as were the Ambassador and the 3 other American’s in Bengahzi, Libya.

  • Grumpy

    This is nothing more than a modern lynching. The mob demanded “justice” and when that “justice”, via our court system (weighted so heavily in the prosecutions favor), failed to give them the “execution” they demanded they are seeking any local tree and preparing the rope.
    This entire event is a terrible tragedy. Any continued attack on GZ is nothing more than a racist vendetta. Holder and his cronies should be wearing hoods and swastikas.

    • RedMeatState

      yep, they wanted to Lynch a “white boy”…. mostly for resisting t he mugging Trayvon was whooping on him!! How dare us white folks resist and defend ourselves!!! Eric Holder, A$$HOLE!!

  • Rickey L. Bates

    Yes he would loom into this but turn a blind eye to all the blacks killing white just because they were board. How about all these innocent victims that have died. It seems to me this is the national crisis that was spoken of when they brought the 15000 Russian troops to train with our NSA and homeland security. They want peace and justice my foot. All they want is a race war. Like I’ve alwaUS been told careful what you wish for……

    • Devasahayam

      Also notice he doesn’t at all bother about the over 700 blacks murdered (over 640 of these by other blacks) since the 2013/01/01 — including the 70+ (all by other blacks) killed in S##te-cago last weekend.

    • Que Dub

      AND the news media is silent these 15000 Russian troops here !!!!

  • RedMeatState

    Stonefaced hypocritical raving murderous lunatic!! I’d say that Brian Terry’s death and all those Mexicans killed with F&F guns were “unnecessary shootings”!! What an A$$HOLE!!

  • Rob Pobe

    If the True Son of the Obama Trayvon had been successful and had beaten Zimmerman’s brains out on the sidewalk, and then the poor child had been prosecuted for murder and sentenced to death and then executed by order of the State, would poor True Son of the Obama in his untimely demise, also be “suffer[ing of] a pain that no parent should have to endure _ and one that I [AG Holder gun runner for drug smugglers and], as a father, cannot begin to conceive.”

  • lraivala

    Extreme aggravated assault is also unnecessary tragedy, also.. Mr. Law Professor… Or were you a sleep the semester they taught that portion of the law. My guess is you were a sleep the whole 8 years in law school.

  • rivahmitch

    Only “unnecessary” because, unfortunately, it wasn’t his or his bosses head being pounded into the pavement.

  • Swiss Guard

    …and if he’s not trying to incite ‘raciality’, why then did he need to make that speech at the 51st National Convention of ‘the nation’s largest african-american sorority’? And I ask you why didn’t he make any speeches about understanding each other better, after that blatant ‘racially motivated’ killing of the White Baby that the Black Thugs SHOT IN THE FACE! Oh and how about the Blacks that smashed the toilet over top of that truck driver’s head following the Rodney King trial! …and so many more… wtf!

    P.S. Get your Private Data & Communications safely outside of the U.S. while you still can – go to: http://www.DigitalSafe.PrivacyAbroad.com

  • Paula

    And the Ft Hood murderer was justified? Well Hasan is a muslim, that must count for something.

  • J. Brown

    The text of the message implies that AG Holder intends to create a “good crisis” that he won’t let go to waste.
    Mz Arnwines comment about a travesty is correct, bringing charges and a trial where the is insufficient evidence rises to that level.
    Two hundred shootings in Chicago last weekend and not a single mention of charges nor a trial. Where is the outrage?

    • Whackajig

      Why should there be any outrage? Blacks see the death of another black as more food stamps for the remaining blacks and whites see a black death as a reduced crime rate. Mexicans view black deaths as a reduction in competition for $hitty jobs. You see? Win win win.

  • Devasahayam

    But doesn’t acknowledge that had the unremorseful ASBO gone home instead of trying to “jump” Zimmerman, he wouldn’t have been killed by Zimmerman in self-defence. Shut up, Hoodlum!

  • American’t

    wow, is mr holder going to go through every crime commited personally, seams to me if he has the evidence in this case viewed by the FBI and federal prosicutors then everyone who was ever unhappy with the verdict a jury decided should have their case reviewed as well. heck, let’s get rid of jury verdicts all together and have mr holder decide them all himself, he can be judge,jury and executioner. this administration has an ego like no other,

  • John Gazarkiewicz

    So if Holder the law breaker himself thinks Z needs charges filed on him again, shouldn’t Holder be held reponsible for his crimes as well? Fast & Furious etc…

  • marineh2ominer

    So the absolute WORSE Attorney General in American history believes that self-defense of ones life is ” unneccesary ” . I wonder how he would feel if he were the one on the bottom in that scenario ?

    • jim_shipley

      We can only hope.

  • Zepp

    One less thug in the world. Zimmerman deserves a medal.

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  • foxxybey

    holder is a dumb SOB who couldn’t lead a scout troop and needs to be fired the soon the better, America would be better off without this piece of lying crud.

  • jim_shipley

    The only thing unnecessary here is Holder himself.

  • JJM123

    Unnecessary killing if the animal hadn’t excalated the situation. I too will stand my ground and meet life threat with deadly force.
    Rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

  • Michael Montgomery

    I prefer to think of it as an unnecessary assault.

  • sreynolds

    holder and obama are unnecessary births, poster children for prochoice dirtballs….

  • sreynolds

    if obama or holder has America’s best interest at heart, they would come out and strongly condemn any actions, Zimmerman was found NOT GUILTY by our GREAT judicial system, wonder if these garbage people were all upset when oj got away with murder, somehow I think they were celebrating…..

    • sreynolds

      And I don’t remember anyone rioting when oj was found not guilty, that was a true travesty of justice…

  • James Kroeger

    Holder…go stand in the corner with the dunce hat on. You’re such an incompetent bozo!

  • Wayne_1958

    HA HA HA HA ! Your going to follow the facts and the law. HA HA HA HA What time did you and sharpton get out of your bed this morning ? { shared bed together of course }

  • epapa

    Hussein and his regime are playing blacks like a violin with this issue to keep their mind off the dismal unemployment stats for blacks and the fact that he has done nothing to help their unemployment.

  • robert

    and we call a/g holder/ovomit/Pelosi/reid/sotomayer/kagan/hagel/waters/wasserman/graham/Ginsberg/shelia Jackson/Ellison/the black caucas/biden all unnecessary politicans

  • chiefatk

    Hey Holder, how about all the guns you sent across the border. How many unnecessary people died from them? The blood on his hands runs deep and his stupidity is overlooked by his color. He needs to be fired and brought up on charges so numerous that there isn’t enough space to list them all. Ship him and all of his buddies to the nearest Federal lockup. Maybe send them to Arizona and let Sheriff Joe put pink panties on them.

  • MontieR

    Wow, something intelligent from Holder. He is right. If the little hood didn’t attack Zimmerman he wouldn’t be dead. Well mabe.

  • Randy131

    Not in Florida! In Florida it’s considered a warning to all those who think they can freely attack the smaller or less protected, they might have more protection than you know of, and they are allowed to use it to defend themselves, so muggers, attackers, and bullies beware, you may be the next Trayvon Martin. This is the reason why we in Florida don’t have all the murders that are committed in the two ‘Murder Capitals of the USA’, Chicago and Washington DC. Did you noticed that those from the ‘Murder Capitals of the USA’ were the first to rush to Florida to protest George Zimmerman’s act of self defense? I wonder why? I guess misery loves company, and they want Florida to be just like their ‘Murder Capitals of the USA’, for in Florida the criminals and murderers are not the only ones who are allowed to have guns, in order for the innocent to protect themselves, like George Zimmerman did.

    • Whackajig

      Were you aware that in Washington DC there are more blacks than there are people?

      • Randy131

        I know that the majority of the population in Washington DC are black people, but are you implying that blacks are not people?

  • Whackajig

    I suggest to our black attorney general, that he allow me to smash his nose and then have me pound his head into the sidewalk before he determines that self defense is not justified.

  • tedthebear

    No mr. with holder, unnecessary killings would be our border patrol agents and all those people in Mexico you got killed by your operation fast and furious! If you try your “hate crime” bullshit, “white” Hispanics should protest at your address with flash mobs like the negroes did in Hollyweird.

  • Timur

    Holder has many unnecessary killings to his record and the number keeps climbing thanks to his Fast and Furious guns and his abortion mills.

  • Shutter

    Black kids killed by black gang members in Chicago and Detroit are unnecessary as well. Try putting your efforts into going after real criminals instead of criminals created by the media.

  • Veteranasm

    That means if someone was beating holders head into the concrete and he had a gun , he wouldn’t shoot him. The lies never stop in this regime !!!!

  • Lee Strabel

    Holder is an unnecessary waste of human flesh

  • Joe1938

    Holder, how about the hundreds of innocent men, women, and children killed by your gun running to the drug cartels Mexico?