"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
The undersigned petitioners believe after listening to the public trial of George Zimmerman that the Civil Rights of Trayvon Benjamin Martin were violated based on the color of his skin.
18 USC § 242 - Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law -
Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
On February 26th, 2012, in Sanford, FL, Trayvon Benjamin Martin based on the color of his skin, race and gender was profiled, harassed, stalked and then senselessly murdered by George Zimmerman.
Witness testimony at trial in the case of State of Florida v. George Zimmerman evidenced motivation and a racially charged mindset of George Zimmerman. Witness testimony stated specifically that black youths (similar age as the deceased) prior to February 26th, 2012 had committed acts of burglaries in the retreat at Twin Lakes. The witness testified that she and George Zimmerman had conversations about race, age and other descriptions about black youth who burglarized her home specifically. Police investigated and later charged a person responsible for this crime which had nothing to do with Trayvon Benjamin Martin. This however is, based on witness testimony, the catalist to George Zimmerman's disparaging name calling of Trayvon Benjamin Martin, his profiling, harassing, stalking and ultimately engaging a black citizen who had standing in the community and had not committed any violations of law. George Zimmerman's 911 calls to Sanford, FL police detail his attitude towards Trayvon Benjamin Martin throughout the time continuum and as evidenced by Ms. Jeantel's testimony Trayvon Benjamin Martin knew he was being followed, harassed and placed in fear by the armed & dangerous citizen George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman, based his mindset only, didn’t de-escalate suspicion, didn't surveil and report his activity to police and wait for their arrival to investigate. Instead George Zimmerman with complete misrepresentation and misinterpretation of facts involving Trayvon Benjamin Martin escalated an encounter with an innocent citizen that resulted in Trayvon Martin's death based on race, age and predisposition to the generality that black citizens had committed a previous crime. The escalation of "suspicion" to "stalking" by George Zimmerman was born from Trayvon Benjamin Martin's skin color, age and other descriptive features George Zimmerman believed constituted “criminal;” which is in itself discriminatory of all black youths and if this is the new standard is a very dangerous precedent to set in America that has a history of racially devisive thoughts by members of this Union. This cannot be permitted to stand "as is" or it can lead to other citizens believing race constitutes crime and a shoot to kill and ask questions later mentallity justifies the escalation of force simply based on misconceptions, perceptions, attitudes and biases of race.
Finally, We ask the Justice Department to review the witness testimony, George Zimmerman interrogation interviews, video reenactment and other evidence to determine if there was any Deprivation of Trayvon Benjamin Martin’s Rights under Color of Law. If so Charge federally. Bartkus v. Illinois is a case with precedent that an acquittal at the state level doesn't bar the federal government from seeking charges for a violation of one's Civil Rights.
Bartkus Case as cited whereby no double-jeopardy attaches to Criminal Acts violating Civil Rights:
- President of the United States
- US DOJ
Attorney General Eric Holder
We the undersigned ask that you review our petition and use the power of the federal government to charge George Zimmerman with 18 USC 242 Civil Rights Violation.
As noted in Bartkus v. Illinois no acquittal at the state level bars the federal government from convening a grand jury to charge at the federal level for the same offense when it involves a Civil Rights Violations.
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