U.S. Attorney Under Scrutiny for Facebook Posts - Houston Chronicle
The U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas said he will “look into” derogatory comments about minorities and President Barack Obama posted on Facebook by a Beaumont-based assistant U.S. attorney.
John Craft, an attorney in the criminal division, posted comments on a private Facebook page in response to a status update backing stand your ground laws. He made reference to Trayvon Martin, a black 17-year-old killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in a July trial of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
Craft wrote: “How are you fixed for Skittles and Arizona watermelon fruitcocktail (and maybe a bottle of Robitussin, too) in your neighborhood? I am fresh out of “purple drank.” So, I may come by for a visit. In a rainstorm. In the middle of the night. In a hoodie. Don’t get upset or anything if you see me looking in your window … kay?”
Martin, who was wearing a hoodie when he was fatally shot on Feb. 26, 2012, was returning to father’s Sanford, Fla. home after going to a nearby store for a package of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea.
In another comment, Craft wrote that “low information voters carried the day for the Dalibama in the last election” and posted an image of a graphic that said: “Obama: Why Stupid People Shouldn’t Vote.”
The Chronicle received an email of a screen capture of the Facebook interaction, with the name of the other participant redacted.