The news rocketed across the rightosphere yesterday: the U.S. Department of Justice sent workers to involve themselves with protests against George Zimmerman and the Sanford, FL police department. (See Howard Portnoy’s wrap-up here.)
If you haven’t been following the growth of DOJ over the years, you probably didn’t know that it has an agency within it which is dedicated to performing this function. Well, not precisely this function – but for the purposes of the Obama Justice Department, in the era of the 2009 Hate Crimes Prevention Act, it’s close enough.
“Office of Protest Support”?
The Community Relations Service (CRS) is a small federal agency created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to mediate and facilitate the resolution of local tensions. It was originally formed under the Department of Commerce, Continue reading “It’s all “legal”: Why DOJ was facilitating protests in the Martin-Zimmerman case”