Even though the Zimmerman was acquitted, Obama and the DoJ can still go after him for civil rights violations. They admit that the case is under review.
The Justice Department says it is looking into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case.
In a statement Sunday, the Justice Department said the criminal section of the civil rights division, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida are continuing to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal probe, in addition to the evidence and testimony from the state trial.
The statement said that, in the government’s words, “experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation.”
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People earlier called on the Justice Department to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman after he was cleared of all charges in the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
“Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act,” read an online NAACP petition addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder, posted Saturday night after the verdict announcement.