Judicial Watch obtained the Justice Department documents in April 2012 and March 2013 through a Freedom of Information Act request, but released them Wednesday. A Judicial Watch official told MailOnline that a shortage of personnel to analyze thousands of pages of documents obtained under FOIA - not a desire for trial-related publicity - was responsible for the delay.
The DOJ describes its Community Relations Service as 'the Department's "peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin.'
Its mandate includes 'assist[ing] State and local units of government, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, incidents, and civil disorders, and in restoring racial stability and harmony.'
Some of the Trayvon Martin protests, however, stoked racial animosity, with Black Panther Party members and the Rev. Al Sharpton suggesting that Zimmerman, a Latino man, was an example of white-on-black violence.
'These documents detail the extraordinary intervention by the Justice Department in the pressure campaign leading to the prosecution of George Zimmerman,' said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
'My guess is that most Americans would rightly object to taxpayers paying government employees to help organize racially-charged demonstrations.'
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Judicial Watch's document indicate that the DOJ spent at least $5,320 in hard costs to support the rallies, an amount that does not include the salaries of personnel tasked to intervene.
The agency's Florida activities did include providing 'technical assistance' to law enforcement and city managers in Sanford. But its apparent work to assist demonstrators indicates that it functioned less as a government entity and more as a partner to the protest organizers.
Judicial Watch also obtained an audio recording of an April 19, 2012 community meeting held at the Second Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
'The meeting, which opens with a gospel hymn and organ music, is reported to have led to the official ouster of Sanford’s Police Chief Bill Lee,' the group said in a press release.
'A week earlier, a group calling themselves the “Dream Defenders” had barricaded the entrance to the police department demanding he be fired for failing to file murder charges against Zimmerman. The church meeting produced a nine-point plan, the main demand being the firing of Chief Lee.'
The Orlando Sentinel reported earlier in the same week that the DOJ's Community Relations Service 'helped set up a meeting between the local NAACP and elected officials that led to the temporary resignation of police Chief Bill Lee.'
'They were there for us,' Allen Chapel AME Church pastor Rev. Valarie Houston said at the time.
The Sentinel also reported that Community Relations Service employees arranged a 40-mile police escort for students calling for the police chief's ouster who were traveling from Daytona Beach to Sanford.Keep in mind too that the racist US Attorney General Eric "My People" Holder, spoke at Al Sharpton's rabble-rousing National Action Network. This appearance coming after Sharpton took his bullhorn down to Sanford, Florida and held rallies where he (according to CNSNews) shouted “Arrest Zimmerman Now!” plus called for civil disobedience and an “occupation” if Zimmemerman had not been arrested.
If we had real leaders in Congress, we'd be impeaching and removing from office this racist attorney general for taking part in racially divisive activities that might harm a community.