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Document: DOJ Community Relations Service was deployed to Sanford, FL, “to provide technical assistance for
the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old African American
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents in response to local, state, and federal records requests revealing that a little-known unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Community Relations
Service (CRS), was deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.
JW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the DOJ on April 24, 2012; 125 pages were received on May 30, 2012. JW administratively appealed the request on June 5, 2012, and received 222 pages more on March 6, 2013.
According to the documents:
March 25 – 27, 2012, CRS spent $674.14 upon being “deployed to Sanford, FL, to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.”
March 25 – 28, 2012, CRS spent $1,142.84 “in Sanford, FL to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.
Martial law is usually imposed on a
temporary basis when the civilian
government or civilian authorities fail to
function effectively (e.g., maintain order and
security, or provide essential services).
As protests continue in Ferguson, activists
are traveling to Missouri to join the
movement in solidarity. We speak with one
activist who has just arrived to Ferguson
from Florida, Phillip Agnew, the executive
director of Dream Defenders, a network of
youth of color and their allies who engage in
nonviolent civil disobedience and civic
engagement to bring about social change. "I
came here to be part of resistance," Agnew
says. "We have not seen a reaction of
nonviolent civil disobedience [to] officers of
the state like this in my lifetime." Agnew
helped organize protests to the 2012
shooting of unarmed, African-American
teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford,