July 12, 2013 09:00 AM<quoted text>
Surely a person such as yourself who throws the baby out with the wash can explain how the CRS never assists abortion protesters, pro and con.
Surly you can explain how the CRS has nothing to do with gun protesters.
Surely you can explain how the CRS has nothing to with the gay protesters.
We'll wait, but not get an answer.
Wingnuts Gin Up DOJ's Involvement In Trayvon Martin Protests
If anyone were to believe Tom Fitton's organization Judicial Watch, you would think the Obama administration sent secret operatives down to Florida to stir up unrest after Trayvon Martin's murder just so George Zimmerman could face charges.
No, seriously, that's what they and their mouthpiece Breitbart News are trying to flog as an actual story, with a little help from Fox News, too.
The conservative group Judicial Watch published records that show the Community Relations Service, a civil rights unit of the DOJ, helped with security for the rallies. Conservative groups have interpreted those records to mean there was wrongdoing;the Heritage Foundation has gone so far as to demand an oversight hearing for the Community Relations Service’s “potentially unethical involvement.” Fox News, Daily Caller, and other conservative media have taken up the same spin. CNN picked up the report, as well.
But the same documents show nothing inflammatory about the DOJ involvement, which was limited to ensuring security for the protests.
...Last year, CRS personnel were present at protests, led by African-American activists, calling for Zimmerman's prosecution. Back in 2000, they provided this same type of "support" for a Ku Klux Klan rally. And on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, they were in place at a rally held by the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church and an anti-Muslim rally featuring blogger Pamela Geller and Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones.
Here's the link to the Orlando Sentinel article that you cherry picked from earlier...
DOJ 'peacemakers' helped Sanford stay cool amid rising tensions
10:52 p.m. EST, April 15, 2012|
By Arelis R. Hernández, Orlando Sentinel
...With passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, CRS also works with communities to employ strategies to prevent and respond to alleged violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or disability. CRS facilitates the development of viable, mutual understandings and agreements as alternatives to coercion, violence, or litigation. It also assists communities in developing local mechanisms, conducting training, and other proactive measures to prevent racial/ethnic tension and violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. CRS does not take sides among disputing parties and, in promoting the principles and ideals of non-discrimination, applies skills that allow parties to come to their own agreement. In performing this mission, CRS deploys highly skilled professional conciliators, who are able to assist people of diverse backgrounds.