EXCLUSIVE: Robert Zimmerman on Eric Holder's investigation of George

George Zimmerman's younger brother and strong public supporter has much to say. Photo: AP

FLORIDA, July 22, 2013 — The Department of Justice is continuing an aggressive investigation into whether or not George Zimmerman violated the civil rights of Trayvon Martin. This is in spite of the fact that an FBI investigation last year cleared Zimmerman of racism, and the ACLU backed down on demanding civil rights charges against him due to fears of double jeopardy.

What does Zimmerman’s brother and prominent public supporter, Robert, have to say about this?


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“I know the DOJ is within their rights to investigate anything they want,” Robert Zimmerman explains in a guarded manner. “I’m concerned that there is a new standard emerging whereby entities in our government investigate or take action against people simply on public demand.

“How [does] an investigation now make a lot of sense? As I understand it, the FBI is the investigative arm of the DoJ, and as I understand it, they have turned every stone to find any indication of racism, and have found quite the opposite to be true.”

The DOJ’s investigation did not materialize from thin air. Many people pressured the agency to open an investigation against George Zimmerman — just as they pressured the State of Florida to file charges and prosecute him — and many of these are members of various social activist groups.

What does Robert think about these groups and their supporters, specifically in terms of their push to investigate George?


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“I’m worried that groups who might be exploiting a tragedy continue to move the goal posts, and they will never be satisfied with any outcome,” he says. “I remembered most of those groups wanted an arrest in the beginning. Later, they would call for a fair day in court. When the jury was empaneled, they would call for us all to respect the verdict.

“When the verdict was not what they wanted, they called for more investigation, which may or may not ultimately lead to more prosecution. I think America would be better served by all of us focusing on what we can learn from this situation, and how we can unite behind the things we can agree on, as opposed to continuing to polarize our country along racial lines.”


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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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