Sunday, July 14, 2013

NAACP Plans New Zimmerman Civil Rights Trial; Org. Angry He Was Found Not Guilty of Murder

The head of the largest civil rights group in the United States said today (July 14, 2013) that the organization has had ongoing discussions with the staff of Attorney General Eric Holder on whether the Justice Department should go after George Zimmerman in a federal civil rights case, the Washington Examiner website reports.

In a statement, NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) president Ben Jealous said the group was "outraged and heartbroken" after a jury of six women found Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder last night in the fatal shooting of unarmed Florida black teenager Trayvon Martin.

In cities across the country, thousands of protesters took to the streets to voice their displeasure with the verdict.

Zimmerman -- a member of the neighborhood watch in his Florida community -- shot and killed Martin in February 2012, but his defense successfully argued that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense and the prosecution failed to prove otherwise.

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