If anyone dies as a result of protests following the George Zimmerman verdict, the Justice Department should charge Al Sharpton.
The self-anointed civil rights leader and talk show host has done everything but cry “fire!” in a crowded theatre to incite violence across the country both before and after the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman in his trial for the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
The man who marched to force a trial that never should have happened in the first place and is marching again because he can’t accept the verdict never lets facts get in the way of his opinion, however. He compared Trayvon’s death to Jesus’ crucifixion and paints Zimmerman as a racist murderer whenever he’s in front of a microphone, showing he couldn’t be bothered to examine the evidence.
Following the verdict on Friday he said on MSNBC, “Well, I think that this is an atrocity.”
He added, “This is a sad day in the country. I think that we clearly must move on to the next step in terms of the federal government and in terms of the civil courts.”
The death of Martin is tragic. George Zimmerman never should have gotten out of his car to approach him on that February night in 2012. But everything points to the fact that he shot Martin in self defense. Sharpton should let the verdict rest instead of pushing for federal civil charges against Mr. Zimmerman that he knows the government does not have enough evidence to pursue.
Attorney General Eric Holder said as much the other day. Speaking in front of the NAACP about the Zimmerman case, Mr. Holder did not say whether he would pursue federal charges. Instead, he criticized laws, known as “Stand Your Ground,” that make it legally easier to defend yourself with deadly force outside your home. They “try to fix something that was never broken” and “senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” he said. (“Stand Your Ground” was not a factor in the Zimmerman case.)